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As the biggest games of pro rugby season in Wales draw near with SIX derbies over Christmas and into the New Year, they’ll be no let-up in the excitement for supporters, as European Rugby revealed its fixtures for January 2018.

Dates and kick-off times for rounds five and six of the European Rugby Champions Cup and Challenge Cup have now been confirmed by EPCR with the Ospreys and Scarlets in eye-catching Champions Cup action and Cardiff Blues and Dragons facing big battles in the Challenge Cup.

Ospreys and Scarlets who both secured double victories in their back-to-back European fixtures this month will have a huge January with the chance to secure places in the quarter-finals.

Ospreys who beat Northampton Saints home and away this month will face Saracens and Clermont:

  • Ospreys v Saracens, Liberty Stadium, Saturday 13th January 2018, kick off 7.45pm
  • ASM Clermont v Ospreys, Saturday 20th January 2018, kick off 4.15pm (local time)

Scarlets are currently third in pool five in the Champions Cup after securing two bonus point victories over Benetton Rugby in the last two rounds. The West Wales region is only a point behind Bath Rugby and Toulon, who reside in first and second place locked on thirteen points.

Scarlets will face Bath and Toulon:

  • Bath v Scarlets, Friday 12th January, The Rec, kick-off 7.45pm
  • Scarlets v Toulon, Saturday 20th January, Parc y Scarlets, kick-off 5.30pm

In the Challenge Cup, Cardiff Blues are set to take on two Top 14 giants as they look to secure their place in the knockout stages for the second consecutive year.

The Blues currently sit four points clear on top of Pool 2, having sealed three wins in the opening four rounds of games.

Cardiff Blues will welcome Toulouse and visit Lyon in their Round 5 and 6 fixtures.

  • Cardiff Blues v Toulouse, Sunday 14th January 2018, kick-off 5.30pm
  • Lyon v Cardiff Blues, Saturday 20th January 2018, kick off 6pm (local time)

The Cardiff Blues v Toulouse clash will be the latest episode in a long line of classic fixtures against the two historic sides, dating back to Cardiff RFC’s loss to the French outfit in the inaugural Heineken Cup final in 1996.

Last time out, Cardiff Blues came out on top at Stade Ernest Wallon, as tries from Nick Williams and Macauley Cook sealed a 15-17 win in the South of France.

In the Challenge Cup, the Dragons will face Bordeaux home and away.

  • Bordeaux-Begles v Dragons, Stade Chaban-Delmas, Saturday 13 January, kick-off 8pm GMT
  • Dragons v Bordeaux-Begles, Rodney Parade, Saturday Saturday 20th January, kick-off 3pm