Northampton Saints will begin this season’s European adventure with a home clash against French giants Clermont Auvergne, after the Challenge Cup pool fixtures were today confirmed for the 2018/19 campaign.
After lifting the trophy in their two previous outings in the Challenge Cup, Saints are looking to make it three trophies from three campaigns, and have been drawn against Clermont, Dragons and Timisoara Saracens in the competition’s group stage.
Northampton will be hoping to replicate their historic 34-21 triumph over Clermont from last season, as they line-up against the Top 14 side in their competition opener.
Their attention then turns to Wales as Saints journey to Newport to face Dragons, tonight’s preseason opponents, before hosting the PRO14 outfit in the return fixture at Franklin’s Gardens in round three.
A new opposition and a new country await Saints in round four, with a trip to Timisoara Saracens seeing the men in Black, Green and Gold contest their first-ever fixture in Romania.
Stade Marcel Michelin then plays host in round five for the return fixture against Clermont, before the pool stages are wrapped up back at Franklin’s Gardens as Saints welcome Timisoara in round six.
NORTHAMPTON SAINTS' EUROPEAN CHALLENGE CUP FIXTURES
Sat 13 October Clermont Auvergne (3pm, Franklin’s Gardens)
Fri 19 October Dragons (7.30pm, Rodney Parade)
Sat 8 December Dragons (3pm, Franklin’s Gardens)
Sat 15 December Timisoara Saracens (2.30pm, Dan Paltinisanu Stadium)
Sat 12 January Clermont Auvergne (9pm, Stade Marcel Michelin)
Fri 18 January Timisoara Saracens (7.45pm, Franklin’s Gardens)
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