10 September 2021
London Irish have been drawn in Pool C in the 2021/22 European Rugby Challenge Cup.
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 on the weekend of 10/11/12 December and finishing on the weekend of 8/9/10 April 2022.
A Round of 16 will be played on the weekend of 15/16/17 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.
The exact dates of the pool stage fixtures, as well as kick-off times and TV coverage, will be announced in due course.
European Rugby Challenge Cup Pool C fixtures
Round 1 - Section Paloise v London Irish - 10/11/12 December 2021
Round 2 - London Irish v CA Brive - 17/18/19 December 2021
Round 3 - London Irish v Edinburgh - 14/15/16 January 2022
Round 4 - Saracens v London Irish - 21/22/23 January 2022
Round 5 - Bye