Tough draws for the Irish provinces in pool stage of Champions Cup

Pool stages.

The pools for the 2024/25 Investec Champions Cup have been revealed with some tough draws for the Irish provinces.

Beaten finalists Leinster have been pitted against Clermont Auvergne, La Rochelle, Bristol, Benetton and Bath in Pool 2.

Munster have been pitted against Northampton, Bulls, Stade Francais, Saracens and Castres in Pool 3.

And Ulster will take on Toulouse, Bordeaux-Begles, Sharks, Exeter Chiefs and Leicester in Pool 1.

Each club will play four matches against four different clubs, who are not from the same league, either home or away.

In the Challenge Cup, Connacht were drawn alongside Cardiff, Cheetahs, Perpignan, Lyon and Zebre.

Investec Champions Cup Pools 2024/25

Pool 1: Stade Toulousain, Union Bordeaux Bègles, Hollywoodbets Sharks, Exeter Chiefs, Leicester Tigers, Ulster Rugby

Pool 2: Leinster Rugby, ASM Clermont Auvergne, Stade Rochelais, Bristol Bears, Benetton Rugby, Bath Rugby

Pool 3: Northampton Saints, Munster Rugby, Vodacom Bulls, Stade Français Paris, Saracens, Castres Olympique

Pool 4: Glasgow Warriors, Racing 92, Sale Sharks, DHL Stormers, RC Toulon, Harlequins

EPCR Challenge Cup Pools 2024/25

Pool 1: Cardiff Rugby, Connacht Rugby, Toyota Cheetahs, USAP, Lyon Olympique Universitaire, Zebre Parma

Pool 2: Montpellier Hérault Rugby, Section Paloise, Newcastle Falcons, Dragons RFC, Emirates Lions, Ospreys

Pool 3: RC Vannes, Black Lion, Aviron Bayonnais, Scarlets, Edinburgh Rugby, Gloucester Rugby

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