Scarlets head to France for Challenge Cup opener

Rob LloydNews

Scarlets will open up their 2023-24 European Challenge Cup campaign with a trip to face former French champions Castres.

The pool rounds of the tournament have been confirmed, with Scarlets – last season’s semi-finalists – also facing Georgian newcomers Black Lion, three-time winners Clermont Auvergne and URC rivals Edinburgh in Pool 3. 

Dwayne Peel’s side take on Castres at the Stade Pierre Fabre on Saturday, December 9 (3.15pm UK time), then host Black Lion of Georgia at Parc y Scarlets on Friday, December 15 (8pm) in a historic first European game between Welsh and Georgian opposition which will be televised live by S4C.

Round 3 sees Scarlets head to France again to face the team they beat in a quarter-final thriller last season, Clermont Auvergne, at the Stade Marcel Michelin on Saturday, January 13.

Edinburgh are the visitors to Parc y Scarlets in round four for another Friday night special, again kicking off at 8pm in front of the S4C cameras.

FIXTURES (all UK times)

Rd 1 – Castres Olympique v Scarlets (Sat, Dec 9; 15:15,

Rd 2 – Scarlets v Black Lion (Fri, Dec 15; 20:00, S4C)

Rd 3 – ASM Clermont Auvergne v Scarlets (Sat, Jan 13; 13:00; Viaplay)

Rd 4 – Scarlets v Edinburgh (Fri, Jan 19; 20:00 S4C)