7 October 2021
London Irish’s European Rugby Challenge Cup Pool C fixtures have now been confirmed.
The Exiles will play fixtures against Section Paloise (a), CA Brive (h), Edinburgh Rugby (h) and Saracens (a).
The 15 Challenge Cup clubs have been allocated into three pools based on their rankings from last season’s leagues and the pool stage will be played over five rounds starting in mid December and finishing in early April 2022.
A Round of 16 will be played in mid April 2022, followed by quarter-finals and semi-finals, with the final at the Stade Vélodrome, Marseille on May 27th 2022.
Clubs will only play against opponents from their own pool, and one club in each pool will have a bye during each round. A limited number of fixtures will see clubs playing against opponents from the same league.
The three highest-ranked clubs from each pool, and the highest-ranked fourth-placed club, as well as the three clubs ranked 9 to 11 from each of the Heineken Champions Cup pools, will qualify for the Round of 16.
European Rugby Challenge Cup Pool C fixtures
Round 1 - Section Paloise v London Irish - Saturday 11th December 2021 - 9pm kick-off (local time) - Live on beIN Sport
Round 2 - London Irish v CA Brive - Sunday 19th December 2021 - 3.15pm kick-off
Round 3 - London Irish v Edinburgh - Saturday 15th January 2022 - 3.15pm kick-off
Round 4 - Saracens v London Irish - Sunday 23rd January 2022 - 3.15pm kick-off
Round 5 - Bye