Ieuan Evans conducts pool draws as European heavyweights are set to clash in 2015/16

The reigning Aviva Premiership champions, Saracens, have been drawn in Pool 1 of the European Rugby Champions Cup following the pool draws for ECPR’s tournaments which took place today (Wednesday, 17 June) in Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

Saracens, who reached the Champions Cup semi-finals last season, will be up against Ulster Rugby, Toulouse and Oyonnax when the 2015/16 season kicks off in November.

Bath Rugby, the number two-ranked club from the Aviva Premiership, will clash with RC Toulon, Leinster Rugby and Wasps in Pool 5.

Glasgow Warriors, who become the first Scottish club to win a major title in the professional era when they were crowned Guinness PRO12 champions, were drawn in Pool 3 against Northampton Saints, Racing 92 and Scarlets.

Munster Rugby, the highest-ranked Irish club from the PRO12, will face Stade Français Paris, Leicester Tigers and Benetton Treviso in Pool 4.

Ospreys, the top-ranked Welsh club, were drawn in Pool 2 where they will come up against ASM Clermont Auvergne, Exeter Chiefs and Bordeaux-Bègles.

Sale Sharks, the number-one ranked Aviva Premiership club in the Challenge Cup draw, will play Newport Gwent Dragons, Castres Olympique and Pau in Pool 2, while Connacht Rugby, the highest-ranked PRO12 representative, were in Pool 1 against Brive, Newcastle Falcons and Enisei-STM.

Both pool draws were compered by Craig Doyle (BT Sport) and Raphael Ibanez (France Televisions), and conducted by Ieuan Evans (Sky Sports) and Dimitri Yachvili (beIN Sports).

The draws, held in Neuchâtel where EPCR has its headquarters, were covered live on btsport.com, Sky Sports News and beIN Sports, and streamed live on epcrugby.com

2015/16 Champions Cup pools

Pool 1: Saracens, Ulster Rugby, Toulouse, Oyonnax
Pool 2: ASM Clermont Auvergne, Ospreys, Exeter Chiefs, Bordeaux-Bègles
Pool 3: Glasgow Warriors, Northampton Saints, Racing 92, Scarlets
Pool 4: Stade Français Rugby, Munster Rugby, Leicester Tigers, Benetton Treviso
Pool 5: Bath Rugby, RC Toulon, Leinster Rugby, Wasps

2015/16 Challenge Cup pools

Pool 1: Connacht Rugby, Brive, Newcastle Falcons, Eniset-STM
Pool 2: Sale Sharks, Newport Gwent Dragons, Castres Olympique, Pau
Pool 3: Montpellier, Harlequins, Cardiff Blues, Cammi Rugby Calvisano
Pool 4: La Rochelle, Gloucester Rugby, Zebre Rugby, Worcester Warriors
Pool 5: Edinburgh Rugby, London Irish, Grenoble, Agen

2015/16 Tournament weekends

Round 1: 12/13/14/15 November
Round 2: 19/20/21/22 November
Round 3: 10/11/12/13 December
Round 4: 17/18/19/20 December
Round 5: 14/15/16/17 January 2016
Round 6: 21/22/23/24 January 2016
Quarter-finals: 7/8/9/10 April 2016
Semi-finals: 22/23/24 April 2016
Finals: 13/14 May 2016

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