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Ulster will launch their Euro challenge in Tigers' lair

By Niall Crozier

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.

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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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