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Supporters of Wales’ four Pro Rugby teams will be treated to another feast of European rugby this coming season as our teams challenge rugby’s top clubs including Pro12 winners Glasgow Warriors, English giants Northampton Saints and Harlequins and French heavyweights Clermont Auvergne.

More than 80,000 pro rugby supporters enjoyed European Rugby in Wales last season with the Scarlets attracting the biggest European rugby crowds (24,732 supporters at Parc y Scarlets’ three home games).

Welsh rugby supporters were proud to be part of big European derby quarter-final day at Rodney Parade between the Dragons and Blues broadcast by main sponsor BT Sport.

The Draw for the 2015 European Cup competitions, ECPR’s Champions Cup and Challenge Cup took place in Neuchatel, Switzerland on Wednesday.

In the Champions Cup the Ospreys face Exeter Chiefs, Bordeaux and Clermont and the Scarlets face Glasgow, Northampton and Racing 92.

In the Challenge Cup, the Cardiff Blues can look forward to meeting up with former players Jamie Roberts and Adam Jones who have joined Harlequins as well as games against Montpellier and Calvisano.

The Dragons face Sale and French sides Castres Olympique and Pau.

Andrew Hore – Ospreys Managing Director said: “I’m delighted with the draw and I think it is going to appeal greatly to our fans. Having two French teams in the pool will be testing, but exciting.

“We were very pleased with the way our young team shaped up last season and another season on they will be even better prepared for these challenges. It will be nice to meet Exeter Chiefs, who are a team who share the same values as ours.”

Danny Wilson – Cardiff Blues Head Coach said: “It was really exciting to be involved in a Challenge Cup draw. Our pool has a definite feel of the Champions Cup about it. Montpellier are undoubtedly the top seeds in the entire tournament given their recruitment drive this summer. I’m hopeful we can attract big crowds to the Cardiff Arms Park and I’m sure the fans will look forward to welcoming back Adam Jones and Jamie Roberts to Cardiff.”

Jason Tovey – Newport Gwent Dragons outside-half said: “Our pool really shows how competitive this season’s Challenge Cup is. Hopefully, Pau bring new signings Conrad Smith and Colin Slade over. To have people like that at Rodney Parade would be great for our fans.

“Castres Olympique were Top 14 champions a few seasons ago and they will be looking to get into the Champions Cup via this competition. Kingsley Jones (Dragons Head Coach) will be relishing a return to Sale Sharks, the last time we played them – we beat them with Kingsley as coach!”

Wayne Pivac, Head Coach at the Scarlets, said: “We showed some real growth in Europe last season, secured strong victories over Leicester Tigers and Ulster at home and bounced back from some disappointing results on the road. I’d heard a lot from staff, players and supporters alike about the European competition after I arrived last year and wasn’t at all disappointed by the excitement, support and competition surrounding the tournament.

“The supporters put everything into following us to Toulon, Ulster and Leicester last season and we’ll certainly be looking for their support once again this season”

2015/16 Champions Cup pools

Pool 1: Saracens, Ulster Rugby, Toulouse, Oyonnax

Pool 2: ASM Clermont Auvergne, Ospreys, Exeter Chiefs, Bordeaux-Begles

Pool 3: Glasgow Warriors, Northampton Saints, Racing 92, Scarlets

Pool 4: Stade Francais Paris, Munster Rugby, Leicester Tigers, Benetton Treviso

Pool 5: Bath Rugby, RC Toulon, Leinster Rugby, Wasps

2015/16 Challenge Cup pools

Pool 1: Connacht Rugby, Brive, Newcastle Falcons, Enisei-STM

Pool 2: Sale Sharks, Newport Gwent Dragons, Castres Olympique, Pau

Pool 3: Montpellier, Harlequins, Cardiff Blues, Cammi Rugby Calvisano

Pool 4: La Rochelle, Gloucester Rugby, Zebre Rugby, Worcester Warriors

Pool 5: Edinburgh Rugby, London Irish, Grenoble, Agen

2015/16 Tournament weekends

Round 1: 12/13/14/15 November

Round 2: 19/20/21/22 November

Round 3: 10/11/12/13 December

Round 4: 17/18/19/20 December

Round 5: 14/15/16/17 January 2016

Round 6: 21/22/23/24 January 2016

Quarter-finals: 7/8/9/10 April 2016

Semi-finals: 22/23/24 April 2016

Finals: 13/14 May 2016

ECPR also announced that the two highest-profile matches in the European club rugby calendar will be staged in France with the city of Lyon will host the 2016 European Rugby Champions Cup and Challenge Cup finals.

Both finals will take place at the brand new 59,000-capacity Grand Stade de Lyon which is set for completion early next year. The Challenge Cup decider will go ahead on Friday, 13 May 2016, with the Champions Cup final played the following day to bring the curtain down on the 21st season of European club rugby.

It has also been decided that the 2017 finals will be held in Edinburgh with the famous BT Murrayfield Stadium staging the Champions Cup showpiece while the venue for the Challenge Cup final will be announced at a later date.

The Champions Cup and the Challenge Cup finals will be the first major rugby occasions staged at the state-of-the-art Grand Stade de Lyon which will also be one of the venues for the UEFA Euro 2016 finals hosting six games including a semi-final.

EPCR chairman, Simon Halliday, who made the announcement in Neuchatel, Switzerland before the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup pool draws, said: “The joint bid of the FFR and the LNR was extremely strong from both a sporting and commercial perspective and the fact that we are bringing the finals to a superb new stadium in the heart of France is a hugely positive step for European club rugby.

“We also received an impressive bid from Scottish Rugby and in recognition, we will be staging our finals in the famous rugby city of Edinburgh in 2017.”