Saracens to face Toulon in pool stages of European Rugby Champions Cup

29th June 2016

Holders Saracens and triple European title winners Toulon will meet in the pool stage of next season's Europea Rugby Champions Cup.

Saracens, who won the trophy in May with a victory over Racing 92 in Lyon, have been grouped with a club they lost to in the 2014 European final.

The pool is completed by the Scarlets of Wales, while Sale Sharks also feature in the pool. 

Exeter, beaten by Saracens in last season's Premiership final, will face Clermont Auvergne - they met twice in the pool stage last time out and Leicester Tigers face French champions Racing 92, who beat them in the Champions Cup semi-finals two months ago.

The draw for the second-tier European Challenge Cup pool also took place with Aviva Premiership returnees Bristol grouped alongside Bath, Cardiff Blues and French club Pau.

Harlequins, last season's Challenge Cup runners-up, will meet Edinburgh, Stade Francais and Romanian side Timisoara Saracens in Pool Five, while Gloucester were drawn in Pool One alongside La Rochelle, Treviso and Bayonne.

Champions Cup draw:

Pool One - Racing 92, Glasgow, Leicester, Munster; Pool Two - Connacht, Wasps, Toulouse, Zebre; Pool Three - Saracens, Toulon, Scarlets, Sale Sharks; Pool Four - Leinster, Montpellier, Northampton, Castres; Pool Five - Exeter, Clermont Auvergne, Ulster, Bordeaux-Begles.

Challenge Cup draw:

Pool One - La Rochelle, Gloucester, Treviso, Bayonne; Pool Two - Ospreys, Grenoble, Newcastle, Lyon; Pool Three - Brive, Worcester, Newport Gwent Dragons, Enisei STM; Pool Four - Cardiff Blues, Bath, Pau, Bristol; Pool Five - Harlequins, Edinburgh, Stade Francais, Timisoara Saracens.


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