The fixtures for the 2017/18 Champions Cup and Challenge Cup season will be announced on Tuesday, 22 August at 3.00pm (UK and Irish time).
The dates, venues, kick-off times and television coverage for the matches in Rounds 1 to 4 will be forwarded to media by press release and will also be available to the public on epcrugby.com and on EPCR’s social media channels.
The dates, venues, kick-off times and broadcast details for the matches in Rounds 5 and 6 will be announced in December following the conclusion of the Round 4 fixtures.
Once the Pool Draws for both tournaments are completed, the fixtures are decided by means of a scheduling process which includes consultation with the 40 participating clubs, league bodies and broadcasters across each territory.
EPCR is challenged with producing a balanced and fair schedule which takes into account club preferences, restrictions at many shared stadia, date requests associated with moves to larger venues as well as ensuring that its broadcasters across Europe can cover as many compelling matches as possible from Thursday evening through to Sunday.
EPCR is able to move the scheduling process forward in earnest once the fixtures of all three of Europe’s professional leagues are announced.
2017/18 Champions Cup pools
Pool 1: Wasps, La Rochelle, Ulster Rugby, Harlequins
Pool 2: ASM Clermont Auvergne, Saracens, Ospreys, Northampton Saints
Pool 3: Exeter Chiefs, Leinster Rugby, Montpellier, Glasgow Warriors
Pool 4: Munster Rugby, Racing 92, Leicester Tigers, Castres Olympique
Pool 5: Scarlets, RC Toulon, Bath Rugby, Benetton Rugby
2017/18 Challenge Cup pools
Pool 1: Newcastle Falcons, Dragons, Bordeaux-Bègles, Enisei-STM
Pool 2: Cardiff Blues, Sale Sharks, Lyon, Toulouse
Pool 3: Gloucester Rugby, Pau, Zebre Rugby, Agen
Pool 4: Stade Francais Paris, Edinburgh Rugby, London Irish, Krasny Yar
Pool 5: Brive, Connacht Rugby, Worcester Warriors, Oyonnax
Round 1: 12/13/14/15 October
Round 2: 19/20/21/22 October
Round 3: 7/8/9/10 December
Round 4: 14/15/16/17 December
Round 5: 11/12/13/14 January 2018
Round 6: 18/19/20/21 January 2018
Quarter-finals: 29/30/31 March – 1 April 2018
Semi-finals: 20/21/22 April 2018
2018 Bilbao Finals
Challenge Cup final: Friday 11 May, San Mamés Stadium
Champions Cup final: Saturday 12 May, San Mamés Stadium