Fans should keep an eye on ERCrugby.com for the latest official information regarding the 2006/07 European Challenge Cup fixtures.

It is expected that the fixtures for the 2006/07 European Challenge Cup will be announced next week, following the announcement of the Heineken Cup fixtures.

Half of the teams that competed in last season’s European Challenge Cup will contest the trophy again in the 2006/07 season. The ten new teams in the tournament nest season include French side Albi who have qualified for the European Challenge Cup for the first time. Two former Heineken Cup champions Bath Rugby and Brive are also competing in the 2006/07 European Challenge Cup.

EUROPEAN CHALLENGE CUP POOLS 2006 / 2007

POOL 1: Newport Gwent Dragons, Bayonne, Bristol Rugby, Bucuresti
POOL 2: Glasgow Warriors, Narbonne, Saracens, GRAN Parma
POOL 3: Newcastle Falcons, Brive, Petrarca Padova, Montauban
POOL 4: Connacht Rugby, Montpellier, Bath Rugby, NEC Harlequins
POOL 5: ASM Clermont Auvergne, Worcester Warriors, Viadana, Albi