European Rugby Challenge Cup
European Rugby Challenge Cup draw announced
ESPN Staff
June 10, 2014
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The draw

  • Pool 1: Cardiff Blues, London Irish, Grenoble, FIRA 1 qualifier

    Pool 2: Exeter, Bayonne, Connacht, La Rochelle

    Pool 3: Stade Francais, Newport Gwent Dragons, Newcastle, FIRA 2 qualifier

    Pool 4: Edinburgh, Bordeaux-Begles, London Welsh, Lyon

    Pool 5: Gloucester, Brive, Zebre, Oyonnax

The draw has been made for the second-tier European Rugby Challenge Cup, with newly-promoted Premiership club London Welsh grouped alongside Edinburgh, Bordeaux-Begles and Lyon.

London Irish, meanwhile, must get past Cardiff Blues and Grenoble, with Exeter facing Bayonne, among others, Newcastle meeting Stade Francais and Gloucester drawn alongside French pair Brive and Oyonnax.

The European Rugby Challenge Cup succeeds the Amlin Cup, which ended in Cardiff 18 days ago.

After almost two years of negotiations, a new competition was forged in April comprising nine stakeholders - the six unions of competing teams, plus Premiership Rugby, France's Ligue Nationale de Rugby and Regional Rugby Wales - in addition to the Challenge Cup and a third qualifying tournament.

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