Champions Cup and Challenge Cup Pool Draws

Reigning champions Saracens will face Clermont Auvergne, Ospreys and Northampton Saints in Pool 2 of next season's Champions Cup.

In this afternoon's draw for the 2017-18 pool stages, which was held at the Hotel Beau-Rivage in Neuchatel, Switzerland, Gloucester were pitted against Pau, Zebre and Agen in Pool Three.

Potentially the most attritional of all groups involves Leicester, who must battle French play-off sides Racing 92 and Castres and lock horns with beaten PRO12 finalists Munster.

Ulster are in pool 1 with Premiership clubs, Wasps and Harlequins as well as Top 14 club, La Rochelle.

Pool 5: Scarlets, Toulon, Bath, Benneton.

The fixtures will be released later in the summer but the competition kicks off on the weekend of October 13-15 and both finals are scheduled for Bilbao on May 11th and 12th.

"When I first saw the draw, I thought it was the Champions Cup draw!".

Munster, Leinster and Ulster have all found out their opponents in the pool stages of next year's Champions Cup.

Leinster were drawn in Pool 3 against Aviva Premiership champions Exeter Chiefs, Montpellier and Glasgow.

Ronan O'Gara will once again return to Thomond Park as Munster drew Racing 92 in Pool 4.

The "pool of death" sees Clermont Auvergne face off with Saracens, Ospreys and Northampton.

Pool 5: Scarlets, Toulon, Bath, Benetton.

Five-time European Cup winners Toulouse are in Pool 2 along with Cardiff Blues, Sale Sharks and Lyon, while Challenge Cup runners-up Gloucester will play Pau, Zebre and Agen.

Pool 1: Newcastle Falcons, Newport Gwent Dragons, Bordeaux-Begles, Enisiei-STM.

  • Zachary Reyes