22/23 EPCR Draw Confirmed - Lions rugby

22/23 EPCR Draw Confirmed

The Emirates Lions are heading to Paris and the UK for the 22/23 EPCR Challenge Cup season.

The Emirates Lions will fall into Pool B for the upcoming EPCR Challenge Cup which kicks off in December 2022. With the Lions, Benetton Rugby, Stade Français Paris and Worcester Warriors make up Tier 2 of the competition.


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We are really excited to be part of the EPCR Challenge Cup,” says Emirates Lions head coach, Ivan van Rooyen.

“It’s a great opportunity not only for the players, coaches and management, but also for our fans to really get deep into the European rugby culture.”

How the EPCR Challenge Cup works:

  • The Tier 2 clubs which have been drawn in the same pool, but which are not from the same league will play one another home and away during the pool stage.
  • In order to adhere to the key principle of no same-league matches, Tier 2 clubs from the TOP 14 will only play against opposition from the URC, and similarly, Tier 2 clubs from the Premiership will also only play against opposition from the URC.
  • This means that the Emirates Lions, after the draw today, will play against Stade Français Paris and Worcester Warriors

The exact dates, venues, kick-off times and TV coverage will be announced as soon as practicable.

    • 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 at Aviva Stadium, Dublin