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Saints draw Pro 12 winners in Champions Cup

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The draw, which was made in Neuchatel, Switzerland, this lunchtime, has pooled the Saints with Glasgow Warriors, Racing 92 (formerly Racing Metro) and the Scarlets.

Saints are familiar with all three of these opponents, having come up against them all in recent years.

The Warriors are the reigning Pro 12 champions, having beaten Munster in Belfast a couple of weeks ago. Honours were even the last time the Saints went head-to-head with Gregor Townsend’s team, with the home team winning in the respective games at Franklin’s Gardens (November 2012) and Scotstoun (January 2013).

Racing 92 were one of the Saints’ rivals in the season that has just finished, with the Paris outfit winning both games. Racing have been one of the Top 14’s big spenders, bringing in the likes of Daniel Carter, Chris Masoe, Martin Castrogiovanni and Yannick Nyanga into their squad for the coming campaign.

It has been four seasons since the Saints last clashed with the Scarlets in this competition. However in the early-2000s the two came up against each other regularly, including in the 2000 European Cup semi-final, and have met three times in the Anglo-Welsh Cup since 2008.

All three home pool matches are included in the 2015/16 Season Ticket package. Over 10,000 Season Tickets have been booked so far, so make sure you order yours now to guarantee your place at all the big matches!

All the details, including prices and booking information, can be found at www.northamptonsaints.co.uk/seasontickets

The Saints’ official club trips were as popular as ever last season, so if you want to put your name down early to indicate your interest for 2015/16 email [email protected]

The Champions Cup has lived up to its billing as the toughest club competition in the world, with heavyweight clashes in every pool.

Saracens face Ulster, Toulouse and Oyonnax, the Top 14’s surprise outfit, in Pool 1. Pool 2 sees Clermont, Ospreys, Exeter and Bordeaux drawn together, while Pool 4 has Top 14 champions Stade Francais paired with Pro 12 runners-up Munster, Leicester and Treviso. Finally, Pool 5 has Bath be handed tricky trips to Toulon, Leinster and Wasps.

Tournament organisers EPCR also announced that the 2016 Champions Cup final will be held at the Grand Stade de Lyon, a 62,000-capacity state-of-the-art arena that will be completed early next year. The 2017 final will be held at Murrayfield.

Confirmed fixtures will be announced later in the summer, but in the meantime here are the tournament weekends:

Round 1 – Nov 13-15

Round 2 – Nov 20-22

Round 3 – Dec 11-13

Round 4 – Dec 18-20

Round 5 – Jan 15-17

Round 6 – Jan 22-24