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European Rugby Champions Cup teams confirmed for 2016/17

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Following the completion of the Top 14 league programme all 20 teams have now been confirmed for the 2016/17 European Rugby Champions Cup.

Seven are from France, seven from the Pro 12, with the remaining six from the Aviva Premiership.

The Saints are joined by Saracens, Exeter, Wasps, Leicester and Sale in the group from England, with the French septet comprised of Clermont Auvergne, Toulon, Montpellier, Racing-92, Toulouse, Castres and Bordeaux-Begles.

Meanwhile all four Irish provinces – Connacht, Leinster, Ulster and Munster – have qualified from the Pro 12 by virtue of finishing in the top six, with Scotland, Wales and Italy providing one team each in the form of Glasgow Warriors, Scarlets and Zebre respectively.

The pool draw itself will be made on Wednesday, June 29th with live coverage available on www.epcrugby.com

Only the champions of each league are seeded to avoid being drawn together, while each of the five pools will have at least one participating team from each league. Saracens and Connacht are the respective seeds from the Aviva Premiership and Pro 12, while the Top 14 champion will be decided over the next three weeks of knockout action.

Each home pool clash is included in the 2016/17 Season Ticket package, along with every home Aviva Premiership and Anglo-Welsh Cup game, and should the Saints reach the knockout stages for a third successive year then Season Ticket Holders will have priority booking on match tickets.

For more information about how you can make your voice count by getting behind the team head to www.northamptonsaints.co.uk/seasontickets

CHAMPIONS CUP QUALIFIERS

AVIVA PREMIERSHIP Saracens (champions), Exeter, Wasps, Leicester, Saints, Sale

PRO 12 Connacht (champions), Leinster, Ulster, Glasgow, Munster, Scarlets, Zebre

TOP 14 Clermont Auvergne, Toulon, Montpellier, Racing-92, Toulouse, Castres, Bordeaux-Begles

CHAMPIONS CUP FIXTURE WEEKENDS

R1 Oct 14-16, 2016
R2 Oct 21-23, 2016
R3 Dec 9-11, 2016
R4 Dec 16-18, 2016
R5 Jan 13-15, 2017
R6 Jan 20-22, 2017