Fixtures - Top Bar

Mark McCall reacts to Champions Cup draw

636899053JD00139_Racing_92_

Defending champions Saracens will face Toulon, Scarlets and Sale Sharks in Pool 3 of the 2016/17 of the European Rugby Champions Cup.

After today’s draw on Neuchâtel, Switzerland the 2015/16 double winners will face three-time winners Toulon, Welsh region Scarlets and fellow Aviva Premiership side Sale Sharks. 

Reacting to the draw, Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall said: “It’s an exciting pool against some extremely tough sides.

“Toulon have a star-studded squad who will have the extra hunger of not winning a trophy last season. We have faced them in the final stages of the tournament in recent seasons and we know how much of challenge they pose.

“The Scarlets have made some huge strides under Wayne Pivac and facing them at the Parc y Scarlets is always a test for teams in Europe. They have recruited extremely well this summer, bringing in some star names to add to an already competitive group, and have a backline that will threaten any side in the competition.

“Having played Sale Sharks a number of times over the last three seasons, in both the Aviva Premiership and the Champions Cup, we understand how dangerous they are. They have recruited well once again this season, we know how good a player Kieran Longbottom is and AJ McGinty was superb for Connacht last season.

"They have a great blend of youth and experience in their group and they are the most improved Premiership side over the last few seasons.

McCall added: “Last season was an amazing campaign for us, but we know that the hard works starts now as we prepare for what promises to be another competitive season.” 
 

Latest News

Gloucester Rugby statement on supporter behaviour at Saracens game

Gloucester Rugby today issued the following statement in relation to an incident following the Saracens game at Kingsholm on Friday…

Kingsholm

Premiership Rugby backs #LiftTheWeight campaign

Premiership Rugby is proud to support #LiftTheWeight a new campaign from The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) that aims to help…

PremRugbyBalls-WP

David Ewers eager to get back fit and firing for Exeter Chiefs

David Ewers may be tipped for an England call-up in the near future but the flanker believes holding down a starting…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Newcastle Falcons sign Josh and Joel Matavesi

Newcastle Falcons’ ambitious recruitment plans for the 2017-18 season have advanced with the news that Fijian international Josh Matavesi and…

Josh Matavesi

Darren Allinson to re-join Bath Rugby on a two-year deal

Bath Rugby is pleased to announce that scrum-half Darren Allinson has agreed a deal to re-join the Club on a…

Darren Allinson

Northampton Saints confirms coaching structure

Northampton Saints has today confirmed the club’s new coaching structure for the 2017/18 season onwards. The structure both builds on…

Phil Dowson

Denny Solomona stars in remarkable Aviva Premiership Rugby weekend

The weekend’s remarkable action saw a number of Aviva Premiership Rugby records tumble, with Sale Sharks wing Denny Solomona leading…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

RFU Disciplinary: Steve Diamond

Steve Diamond of Sale Sharks will appear before an RFU Disciplinary panel charged with conduct prejudicial to the interests of…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Exeter Chiefs’ Thomas Waldrom eyeing trophy charge

Exeter Chiefs No. 8 Thomas Waldrom insists his sights are firmly set on bringing silverware back to Sandy Park this…

Exeter Chiefs' Thomas Waldrom believes his side are well placed to target silverware this season

Aviva Premiership Rugby Weekend Round-up

Steve Diamond heaped praise on his home-grown Sale Sharks squad after they ran in four tries to claim a bonus-point…

Sam James, 22, was starting his 13th Aviva Premiership Rugby game of the season.

Bath Rugby set to bring the entertainment on and off the pitch at Twickenham Stadium for ‘The Clash’

Bath Rugby have announced that The Clash, one of the biggest domestic sporting events of 2017, will see an incredible…

Bath Rugby with the Wurzels

Match Reaction: Sale Sharks 34 Wasps 28

Sale Sharks director of rugby Steve Diamond heaped praise on history-maker Denny Solomona as his hat-trick laid the foundations for…

(Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)