European dates and kick-off times confirmed

Rob LloydNews

The dates and kick-off times of this season’s EPCR Challenge Cup has been revealed with Scarlets launching their campaign with a Sunday afternoon fixture against French side Bayonne.

The round one match takes place on Sunday, December 11 at Parc y Scarlets with a 3.15pm kick-off.

Dwayne Peel takes his squad to Italy the following week for a clash with tournament debutants Toyota Cheetahs, the South African side being based in Parma for their home pool matches.

Cheetahs arrive in Llanelli on Friday, January 13 (8pm) for a match in front of the S4C cameras before the Scarlets end their campaign in Bayonne on Saturday, January 21 (13:00 UK time).


RD 1: Sunday, December 11 – Scarlets v Aviron Bayonnais (15:15)

RD 2: Saturday, December 17 – Toyota Cheetahs v Scarlets (15:15 UK time)

RD 3: Friday, January 13 – Scarlets v Toyota Cheetahs (20:00; S4C)

RD 4: Saturday, January 21 – Aviron Bayonnais v Scarlets (13:00 UK time; S4C)


  • Two pools, A and B
  • Four pool stage rounds
  • Six highest-ranked clubs from each pool qualify for the knockout stage
  • Knockout stage: Round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals and final