Northampton Saints’ fixture weekends for the Club’s Heineken Champions Cup clashes against Ulster Rugby and Racing 92 were confirmed today by tournament organisers EPCR.
The men in Black, Green and Gold will open up their European campaign on home soil this season, with Top14 giants Racing heading to Franklin’s Gardens on the weekend of 10/11/12 December.
Saints will then face Ulster in back-to-back matches either side of the New Year, first visiting the Kingspan Stadium on the weekend of 17/18/19 December, before returning to the Gardens to face the Belfast side on the weekend of 14/15/16 January.
Chris Boyd’s side will then hope to seal their qualification for the knock-out stages during a trip to Paris La Défense Arena for the return fixture against Racing on the weekend of 21/22/23 January.
The Champions Cup will be competed for by 24 elite clubs in two pools of 12, with eight representatives from each of Europe’s leading professional leagues. The eight highest-ranked clubs from each pool will qualify for the knockout stage – which will consist of a Round of 16 on a home and away basis, followed by quarter-finals and semi-finals, with the final in Marseille on 28 May 2022.
The exact dates of the pool stage fixtures, as well as kick-off times and TV coverage, will be announced as soon as possible following further consultation with clubs and EPCR’s partner broadcasters.
Northampton Saints’ Champions Cup fixtures 2021/22
10/11/12 December 2021 – Northampton Saints vs Racing 92
17/18/19 December 2021 – Ulster Rugby vs Northampton Saints
14/15/16 January 2022 – Northampton Saints vs Ulster Rugby
21/22/23 January 2022 – Racing 92 vs Northampton Saints
2021/22 Champions Cup Pools
Pool A – Stade Rochelais, Exeter Chiefs, Leinster Rugby, Racing 92, Sale Sharks, Ulster Rugby, ASM Clermont Auvergne, Northampton Saints, Ospreys, Montpellier Hérault Rugby, Bath Rugby, Glasgow Warriors
Pool B – Stade Toulousain, Harlequins, Munster Rugby, Union Bordeaux-Bègles, Bristol Bears, Connacht Rugby, Stade Francais Paris, Leicester Tigers, Scarlets, Castres Olympique, Wasps, Cardiff Rugby
2021/22 Champions Cup weekends
- Round 1 – 10/11/12 December
- Round 2 – 17/18/19 December
- Round 3 – 14/15/16 January 2022
- Round 4 – 21/22/23 January 2022
- Round of 16 (1st leg) – 8/9/10 April 2022
- Round of 16 (2nd leg) – 15/16/17 April 2022
- Quarter-finals – 6/7/8 May 2022
- Semi-finals – 13/14/15 May 2022
- Final – Saturday 28 May 2022; Stade Vélodrome, Marseille