EPCR, organisers of the European Rugby Champions Cup, have today announced the details of the Saints’ Pool 4 fixtures against Castres, Montpellier and Leinster. The club has also confirmed the official supporters’ trips to Castres and Dublin, which are now open for booking.
The Saints will open their Champions Cup campaign on home turf against Montpellier. The reigning Challenge Cup champions and Top 14 semi-finalists visit Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday, October 15th for a 5:30pm kick off.
Then it is a trip to France in Round 2 to play Castres and a return to the Stade Pierre Antoine for the first time for three years. This game is on Saturday, October 22nd and kicks off at 4:15pm local time.
As was the case the last time that the Saints were pooled with Leinster, the two clubs will go head-to-head in the December double headers, firstly at Franklin’s Gardens at 7:45pm on Friday, December 9th, and then at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin at 7:45pm on Saturday, December 17th.
The Round 5 home match against Castres and Round 6 trip to Montpellier will both be confirmed after Round 4 has been concluded; this has been the case for the 20 years that the Saints have been playing in European competition.
The only way to guarantee your place at every home match in the European Rugby Champions Cup is with a 2016/17 Season Ticket. Head to www.northamptonsaints.co.uk/seasontickets for more information about this year's package.
Supporters who would like to follow the team in Europe on one of the club’s official trips can now book their place. Details are as follows:
This year the Saints are basing their trip in Carcassonne, approximately 90 minutes’ drive from Castres. This historic city is famous for its medieval fortifications that earned it a place on the list of World Heritage Sites in 1997.
There are two and three-night options, all of which include flights from Stansted, four-star accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis, and coach transfers within France. These options are based on two people sharing.
Option 1 – Three nights, dep Thurs, Oct 20th and ret Sun, Oct 22nd. Hotel outside city walls. £375 per person
Option 2 – Two nights, dep Fri, Oct 21st and ret Sun, Oct 22nd. Hotel outside city walls. £375 per person
Option 3 – Two nights, dep Fri, Oct 21st and ret Sun, Oct 22nd. Hotel inside city walls. £425 per person
Two nights, dep Fri, Dec 16th and ret Sun, Dec 18th. This trip includes return flights from Luton to Dublin, four-star accommodation in the city centre on a bed and breakfast basis, and coach transfers between the airport, hotel and the Aviva Stadium. £400 per person, based on two people sharing.
Supporters who travel with the club to France and Ireland will have a guarantee of best-available match tickets, although they are not included in the price. To make your booking contact Sue Hewitt at [email protected]; a £100 per person deposit is required at the point of booking.