Champions Saracens drawn with beaten finalists Clermont

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 14:27
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NEWS: Reigning champions Saracens face the toughest defence of their European Champions Cup title after they were drawn on Thursday with beaten finalists Clermont.

Saracens beat Clermont 28-17 in last season's Final before the French club rebounded to claim the Top 14 title. Joining them in Pool Two will be Northampton and Ospreys.

Saracens crashed in the semifinals of the English Premiership play-offs, Exeter going on to win the league.

Exeter were drawn in Pool Three alongside Montpellier, Leinster and Glasgow, while Racing 92 were pooled with Munster, Leicester and Castres in Pool Four.

Beaten English finalists Wasps were included in Pool One with La Rochelle, who finished leaders of the Top 14 at the end of the regular season, Ulster and Harlequins.

Pro12 champions Scarlets drew French giants Toulon, Bath and Treviso, the traditional whipping boys from Italy, in Pool Five.

The five pool winners and three best-placed pool runners-up qualify for the knock-out phases, with the final to be held in the northern Spanish city of Bilbao.

Pools:

Pool One: Wasps (ENG), La Rochelle (FRA), Ulster (IRL), Harlequins (ENG)
Pool Two: Clermont (FRA), Saracens (ENG), Ospreys (WAL), Northampton (ENG) 
Pool Three: Exeter (ENG), Leinster (IRL), Montpellier (FRA), Glasgow (SCO)
Pool Four: Munster (IRL), Racing 92 (FRA), Leicester (ENG), Castres (FRA)
Pool Five: Scarlets (WAL), Toulon (FRA), Bath (ENG), Treviso (ITA)

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Fri, 20 October 2017
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Sat, 21 October 2017
Australia v New Zealand 09h00 Brisbane
Glasgow Warriors v Leinster 12h00 Scotstoun
Sharks v Blue Bulls 12h30 Durban
Treviso v Toulon 14h15 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Western Province v Golden Lions 15h00 Cape Town
Clermont Auvergne v Northampton Saints 15h15 Stade Marcel-Michelin
Leicester Tigers v Castres 16h30 Welford Road
Munster v Racing Metro 16h30 Thomond Park
Saracens v Ospreys 18h45 Allianz Park
Sun, 22 October 2017
Montpellier v Exeter Chiefs 12h00 Altrad Stadium
La Rochelle v Ulster 14h15 Paris
Wasps v Harlequins 16h30 Ricoh Arena
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Pool 1
Team P W D L Pts
La Rochelle 1 1 0 0 5
Ulster 1 1 0 0 4
Harlequins 1 0 0 1 1
Wasps 1 0 0 1 0
Pool 2
Team P W D L Pts
Saracens 1 1 0 0 5
Clermont Auvergne 1 1 0 0 4
Ospreys 1 0 0 1 1
Northampton Saints 1 0 0 1 0
Pool 3
Team P W D L Pts
Leinster 1 1 0 0 5
Exeter Chiefs 1 1 0 0 4
Montpellier 1 0 0 1 1
Glasgow Warriors 1 0 0 1 0
Pool 4
Team P W D L Pts
Racing Metro 1 1 0 0 4
Castres 1 0 1 0 2
Munster 1 0 1 0 2
Leicester Tigers 1 0 0 1 1
Pool 5
Team P W D L Pts
Bath 1 1 0 0 4
Toulon 1 1 0 0 4
Scarlets 1 0 0 1 1
Treviso 1 0 0 1 0