Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 2 October 2014

Ulster will launch their Euro challenge in Tigers' lair

Ulster now know the details of the first two rounds of European Rugby Champions Cup pool-stage fixtures. Partnered with Toulon – the reigning champions – Leicester Tigers and Scarlets in Pool 3, Ulster launch their campaign with another trip to Welford Road, home of Aviva Premiership giants, Leicester.

Last season the pair met at the same venue in the final group stage match, with Ulster – inspired by Ruan Pienaar who bagged all of their points – winning that January 18 clash 22-19.

This term's re-match is on Saturday, October 18 (7.45pm) with BT Sport the broadcasters.

Holders Toulon launch their title defence the following day with a home match against Scarlets at Stade Félix Mayol, kicking off at 4.15pm. That will be covered by Sky Sports.

The following weekend the star-studded French will be in Belfast for an eagerly-awaited Kingspan Stadium pairing with Ulster. Saturday, October 25 is the date and the kick-off time is 1pm, with Sky Sports providing live coverage.

That night (7.45pm), Scarlets host Leicester in Llanelli, a match which will be broadcast by BT Sport.

Full details of the other four rounds – dates, kick-off times and broadcasters – will not be decided until after those first two rounds.

The Pool 3 line-up is: Round 3 (weekend December 5/6/7): Ulster v Scarlets, Leicester Tigers v Toulon.

Round 4 (weekend December 12/13/14): Scarlets v Ulster, Toulon v Leicester v Tigers.

Round 5 (weekend January16/17/18): Toulon v Ulster, Leicester Tigers v Scarlets.

Round 6 (weekend January 23/24/25): Ulster v Leicester Tigers, Scarlets v Toulon.

Quarter-finals (weekend April 3/4/5). Semi-finals (weekend April 17/18/19). Final: Saturday, May 2 at Twickenham (5pm).

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