19 June 2019
The pool draw for the 2019/20 European Challenge Cup took place in Lausanne, Switzerland earlier today.
The Exiles were drawn in Pool 2 and will be pitted against Scarlets from the Pro14 and Top 14 duo Bayonne and Toulon.
Irish last met Toulon in the 2010/11 Heineken Cup losing narrowly at home before the French side triumphed 38-17 at the Stade Felix Mayol.
The Exiles haven’t faced Bayonne since 2006, beating them in this competition’s quarter-final 48-5.
London Irish have faced the Scarlets more recently in domestic cup contests, however we have to go back to the 2009 tournament for their last meeting in Europe where Scarlets were the victors on both occasions.
The fixtures for this year’s tournament will be released in due course. The matches will be played across the following weekends:
EPCR weekends – 2019/20 season
Round 1: 15/16/17 November 2019
Round 2: 22/23/24 November 2019
Round 3: 6/7/8 December 2019
Round 4: 13/14/15 December 2019
Round 5: 10/11/12 January 2020
Round 6: 17/18/19 January 2020
Quarter-finals: 3/4/5 April 2020
Semi-finals: 1/2/3 May 2020
2020 finals – Stade de Marseille
Challenge Cup final – Friday 22 May
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