The Osprey is given the toughest task as the European Cup Rugby draws outright and Cardiff, Scarlett & Dragons search for the opponents.

Four Welsh sides have discovered their fate after a draw for European competitions.

The Ospreys are Meczyki’ only representative in the Champions Cup, having overtaken the Scarlets in the final weekend of the season, with the other three playing in the Challenge Cup. The complex draw sees sides in both competitions in one of two pools, A and B, but the pool stage fixtures will be against just two other clubs.

In terms of the ideal draw, Osprey was as far away from him as possible. In Tier 4 of Pool B, they will face Premiership champions Leicester Tigers and Top 14 winners Montpellier at home and away.

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In the Challenge Cup, the Scarlets are drawn as one of three Tier 1 clubs in Pool B with Cheetah and Bayonne, with the South African side appearing in Europe for the first time. It has already been confirmed that Scarlett’s away game against Cheetah will be played in Europe.

Speaking about the draw, Scarlets head coach Dwayne Peel said: “It’s an exciting draw for us. Bayonne have been promoted back into the top 14 and anyone who has watched the celebrations after their play-off win shows just how passionate this rugby city is.

“We know something about the Cheetahs after their time in PRO14 and we also know from recent experience playing with South African sides at URC that the games are going to be tough and they are going to be physical.

“We were disappointed that Europe had made a big impact on our campaign with COVID for us last season. We are looking forward to making our mark in the Challenge Cup.”

Cardiff was drawn into Pool A in the second tier competition. Designed as one of the Tier 2 clubs, Arms Park will take on sides Brive and Newcastle Falcons. The newly-rebranded Dragons RFC were drawn into Pool B as a Tier 3 side, meaning they would face the Wasps and Pau.

The 2022/23 season will be played over eight weekends with four rounds of matches in a pool phase starting in December, followed by a knockout phase consisting of a round of 16, quarter-final, semi-final, culminating in the Dublin final. Will happen. Aviva Stadium on 19 and 20 May 2023. The dates and kick-off times of the matches will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

2022/23 Heineken Champions Cup draw

Pool A (opposite in parentheses)

Castres Olympic (Exeter Chiefs, Edinburgh Rugby)

Saracens (Lyon, Edinburgh Rugby)

Bulls (Lyon, Exeter Chiefs)

Union Bordeaux-Beggles (Gloucester Rugby, Sharks)

Harlequin (Racing 92, Shark)

Leinster Rugby (Racing 92, Gloucester Rugby)

Racing 92 (Harlequins, Leinster Rugby)

Gloucester Rugby (Union Bordeaux-Beggles, Leinster Rugby)

Sharks (Union Bordeaux-Bagles, Harlequins)

Lyon (Saracens, Bulls)

Exeter Chiefs (Castres Olympiques, Bulls)

Edinburgh Rugby (Castress Olympic, Saracens)

Pool B (opposite in parentheses)

Montpellier Hérault Rugby (London Irish, Osprey)

Leicester Tigers (ASM Clermont Auvergne, Ospreys)

Stormers (ASM Clermont Auvergne, London Irish)

Stade Toulousen (Sale Sharks, Munster Rugby)

Northampton Saints (Stade Rochelles, Munster Rugby)

Ulster Rugby (Stade Rochelles, Sale Sharks)

Stade Rochelles (Northampton Saints, Ulster Rugby)

Sale Sharks (Stade Toulousen, Ulster Rugby)

Munster Rugby (Stade Toulouse, Northampton Saints)

ASM Clermont Auvergne (Leicester Tigers, Stormers)

London Irish (Montpelier Hérault Rugby, Stormers)

Osprey (Montpelier Hérault Rugby, Leicester Tigers)

2022/23 EPCR Challenge Cup Draw

Pool A (opposite in parentheses)

Glasgow Warriors (USAP, Bath Rugby)

RC Tolan (Zebre Parma, Bath Rugby)

Bristol Bear (Zebre Parma, USAP)

Connacht Rugby (CA Brive, Newcastle Falcons)

Cardiff Rugby (CA Brive, Newcastle Falcons)

CA Brive (Connacht Rugby, Cardiff Rugby)

Newcastle Falcons (Connacht Rugby, Cardiff Rugby)

USAP (Bristol Bears, Glasgow Warriors)

Zebra Parma (Bristol Bear, RC Toulon)

Bath Rugby (RC Toulon, Glasgow Warriors)

Pool B (opposite in parentheses)

Scarlett (Aviron Beyonce, Cheetah)

Section Paloise (Dragon RFC, Cheetah)

Wasp (Dragon RFC, Aviron Beyonce)

Lions (Stade Frances Paris, Worcester Warriors)

Benetton Rugby (Stade Française Paris, Worcester Warriors)

Stade Frances Paris (Lions, Benetton Rugby)

Worcester Warriors (Lions, Benetton Rugby)

Dragons RFC (Section Paloise, Wasps)

Aviron Bayonnais (Scarlet, Wasp)

Cheetah (Scarlet, Section Palois)

stability dates

Round 1 – 9/10/11 December 2022

Round 2 – 16/17/18 December 2022

Round 3 – 13/14/15 Jan 2023

Round 4 – 20/21/22 January 2023

Round of 16 – 31 March / 1/2 April 2023

Quarter Finals – 7/8/9 April 2023

Semifinals – 28/29/30 April 2023

EPCR Challenge Cup Final – Friday 19 May 2023 at Aviva Stadium, Dublin

Heineken Champions Cup Final – Saturday 20 May 2023 at Aviva Stadium, Dublin

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