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Lions learn who their new Challenge Cup oppositions are

NEWS: Following the Football Union’s decisions to suspend Wasps and Worcester Warriors from the Premiership for the remainder of the season, both clubs cannot be included in Europe’s Challenge Cup tournament for 2022-23.


Due to the resulting changes to the number of clubs eligible to compete in the tournament, EPCR has worked with all relevant stakeholders to agree that Wasps’ and Worcester Warriors’ original opponents will now play against one another in Pool B, which has been reduced to eight clubs.

Therefore, the Lions will play the Dragons in Round One, Aviron Bayonnais and Benetton will meet in the back-to-back matches in Rounds Two and Three, and the Dragons will be at home against the Lions in Round Four.

EPCR would like to thank Aviron Bayonnais, Benetton, Dragons and Lions for their cooperation in rearranging the fixtures, and wishes everyone connected with Wasps and Worcester Warriors well for the future.

CHALLENGE CUPrearranged Pool B fixtures
(Kick-offs are local time)

Round One – Saturday, December 10
Lions v Dragons, Ellis Park (12.45)

Round Two – Saturday, December 17
Aviron Bayonnais v Benetton, Stade Jean Dauger (18.30)


Round Three – Saturday, January 14
Benetton v Aviron Bayonnais, Stadio Comunale di Monigo (14.00)

Round Four – Sunday, January
Dragons v Lions, Rodney Parade (13.00)

* For the full Challenge Cup fixture list, CLICK HERE!


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