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Saints' 2020/21 Champions Cup pool and opponents decided

Northampton Saints will lock horns with Leinster Rugby and Bordeaux-Bégles in the pool stage of the 2020/21 Heineken Champions Cup, following today’s draw in Lausanne.

The men in Black, Green and Gold were placed into Pool A, alongside Wasps, Bordeaux-Begles, Leinster, Bath Rugby, RC Toulon, Edinburgh, Sale Sharks, La Rochelle, Scarlets, Montpellier, and Dragons.

Europe’s top-tier competition takes on a different format for next season only, with each side being assigned a ‘Tier’ ranking based on their final league position from the 2019/20 campaign.

Saints (Tier 4) will take on the two Tier 1 sides in their pool that do not play in the same domestic league – meaning home and away clashes against Leinster and Bordeaux beckon for Chris Boyd’s side in Europe.

Northampton will contest a repeat of the 2011 final against the Dublin-based Pro14 Champions, having also played Leinster twice last season, meanwhile it will be the Club’s first meeting against Bordeaux since a 1997 clash in the South of France.

Following four rounds of matches, the four highest placed teams from each pool will progress into the quarter-finals of the competition, while the next highest four teams (from 5th to 8th place in the pools) will move into the Challenge Cup round of 16.

POOL A

Wasps
Bordeaux-Begles
Leinster

Bath
RC Toulon
Edinburgh
Sale Sharks
La Rochelle
Scarlets
Northampton Saints
Montpellier
Dragons

POOL B

Exeter Chiefs
Lyon OU
Ulster
Bristol Bears
Racing 92
Munster
Harlequins
ASM Clermont Auvergne
Connacht
Gloucester Rugby
Toulouse
Glasgow Warriors