Saracens to begin Champions Cup defence at Racing

Date published: August 23 2019

Saracens, who last season became the first Premiership club to win Europe’s blue-riband club tournament for a third time, will begin the defence of their title with a mouth-watering Champions Cup clash against Racing 92 at Paris La Défense Arena on Sunday, 17 November.

The Pool 4 confrontation is only one of a host of top-quality matches in the fixture schedules for all six rounds of the 2019/20 competition.

The first shots will be fired when Toulouse, the winners of the inaugural tournament in 1996 and the current Top 14 champions, travel to Gloucester on the Friday.

Leinster, the reigning PRO14 winners, take on Benetton, who last season became the first Italian club to qualify by right for Europe’s top tier, before the Irish province come up against a resurgent Northampton Saints in the key December back-to-back matches.

Clermont Auvergne, who won the 2019 Challenge Cup in such impressive style, will once again pack out the Stade Marcel-Michelin for their opening Pool 3 game against Harlequins.

Other highlights of the crucial back-to-back fixtures in Rounds 3 and 4 include the meetings of Munster and Premiership title holders, Saracens, as well as the head-to-heads between Bath and Clermont, Glasgow Warriors and La Rochelle, and Harlequins and Ulster.

Meanwhile, EPCR have confirmed that for at least the 2019/20 season, a player who is a UK citizen will be regarded as a European player for the purposes of its tournaments.

EPCR weekends – 2019/20 season
Round 1: 15/16/17 November 2019
Round 2: 22/23/24 November 2019
Round 3: 6/7/8 December 2019
Round 4: 13/14/15 December 2019
Round 5: 10/11/12 January 2020
Round 6: 17/18/19 January 2020
Quarter-finals: 3/4/5 April 2020
Semi-finals: 1/2/3 May 2020

2020 finals – Stade de Marseille
Challenge Cup final – Friday 22 May
Heineken Champions Cup final – Saturday 23 May