Leinster Rugby will face Racing 92 and Gloucester Rugby in the pool stage of the 2022/23 Heineken Champions Cup following today’s draw.

The clubs will be divided into two pools of 12 – Pool A and Pool B – by means of a draw and the tournament will be played over eight weekends with four rounds of matches in the pool stage starting in December.

As a ‘Tier Two’ seeded team, Leinster Rugby will play both ‘Tier Three’ clubs representing different domestic leagues from their pool (home and away).

The eight highest-ranked clubs from each pool will qualify for the knockout stage which will consist of a Round of 16, now a single-leg tie, quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final at Aviva Stadium on 20 May 2023.

Pool A

Castres Olympique
Exeter Chiefs
Edinburgh Rugby
Leinster Rugby
Racing 92
Gloucester Rugby

Pool B

Montpellier Herault
Leicester Tigers
Clermont Auvergne
London Irish
Stade Toulousain
Northampton Saints
Ulster Rugby
Stade Rochelais
Sale Sharks
Munster Rugby

2022/23 key dates
Round 1 – 9/10/11 December 2022
Round 2 – 16/17/18 December 2022
Round 3 – 13/14/15 January 2023
Round 4 – 20/21/22 January 2023
Round of 16 – 31 March/1/2 April 2023
Quarter-finals – 7/8/9 April 2023
Semi-finals – 28/29/30 April 2023
EPCR Challenge Cup final – Friday 19 May 2023; Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Heineken Champions Cup final – Saturday 20 May 2023; Aviva Stadium, Dublin