Challenge Cup draw places Scarlets in Pool 3

Rob LloydNews

Scarlets have been drawn in Pool 3 of the 2023-24 EPCR Challenge Cup with Edinburgh, Castres Olympique, ASM Clermont Auvergne, Gloucester and an invited side their potential opponents.

The pool draw took place at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – the home of this season’s London finals – on Wednesday lunchtime.

Scarlets were the final club drawn, placed in a pool with familiar URC foes Edinburgh, French duo Castres and Clermont –  who Scarlets beat in last year’s thrilling home quarter-final – and Gloucester, who we last played in Europe in 2001.

The fixture schedules for both tournaments with dates, venues, kick-off times and TV coverage will be announced as soon as possible. Fixtures will be determined using an algorithm which will take into consideration the outcome of today’s draws, league calendar restrictions, individual club calendar restrictions and broadcast requirements. 

The pool stages kick-off in December with rounds of pool matches. The top four from each pool qualifies for the round of 16.

2023-24 weekends

Round 1 – 8/9/10 December 2023

Round 2 – 15/16/17 December 2023

Round 3 – 12/13/14 January 2024

Round 4 – 19/20/21 January 2024

Round of 16 – 5/6/7 April 2024

Quarter-finals – 12/13/14 April 2024

Semi-finals – 3/4/5 May 2024

EPCR Challenge Cup final – Friday 24 May 2024, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Champions Cup final – Saturday 25 May 2024, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium