Scarlets open Euro campaign at home to Bayonne

Rob LloydNews

Scarlets will open their EPCR Challenge Cup campaign at home to Aviron Bayonnais.

The match against the French side will take place at Parc y Scarlets on the weekend of December 9; Dwayne Peel’s side will then head to Italy to take on Cheetahs the following week. South African side Cheetahs will be based in Parma for their home matches.

In the return matches in January, Scarlets host the Cheetahs in Llanelli on the weekend of January 13, before flying out to the south of France to take on Bayonne in the final weekend of the pool rounds.

At this stage, EPCR are only announcing the fixtures by round for the pool stages, with exact dates, kick-off times and TV coverage in both the Heineken Champions Cup and EPCR Challenge Cup to be announced as soon as possible following the conclusion of negotiations with broadcasters for the new cycle across each market.

Click HERE for the 2022/23 EPCR Challenge Cup pool stage fixtures

  • 20 clubs (seven tournament winners with 14 EPCR titles between them)
  • Two pools of 10
  • 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

Click HERE for the EPCR Challenge Cup pools
2022/23 key dates
Round 1 – 9/10/11 December 2022
Round 2 – 16/17/18 December 2022
Round 3 – 13/14/15 January 2023
Round 4 – 20/21/22 January 2023
Round of 16 – 31 March – 1/2 April 2023
Quarter-finals – 7/8/9 April 2023
Semi-finals – 28/29/30 April 2023
EPCR Challenge Cup final – Friday 19 May 2023; Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Heineken Champions Cup final – Saturday 20 May 2023; Aviva Stadium, Dublin