Newcastle Falcons forwards coach Micky Ward is hoping that the inhospitable winter weather in the English North-East will prove to the Gallagher Premiership side’s advantage on Sunday, when they host Montpellier Hérault Rugby in Round 1 of the EPCR Challenge Cup.
08 Dec 2023
Emirates Lions head coach Ivan van Rooyen will be banking on the strength of the squad at his disposal as the South African side take on USAP in their EPCR Challenge Cup Pool 2 opener in Perpignan on Sunday.
Dragons RFC captain Steff Hughes is hoping that his side’s EPCR Challenge Cup Pool 1 opener on Saturday against Oyonnax Rugby at Rodney Parade will change the Welsh region’s fortunes.
07 Dec 2023
Beaten 18-13 at Benetton Rugby in the United Rugby Championship last weekend, Ospreys have a quick chance to exact revenge after being paired with the Italian side in Pool 2 of the EPCR Challenge Cup on Saturday.
Hollywoodbets Sharks will be hoping that a change in competition and a return to their Durban base will halt their disappointing start to the season when they host Section Paloise in Pool 1 of the EPCR Challenge Cup on Saturday.
As they prepare for a difficult trip to high-flying TOP 14 side Castres Olympique in Pool 3 of the EPCR Challenge Cup, Scarlets will hope their return to form in the United Rugby Championship last weekend augurs well.
While most teams involved in EPCR competitions this weekend have already had plenty of domestic action this season, the Toyota Cheetahs’ EPCR Challenge Cup Pool 1 opener against Zebre Parma in Italy will be the South African side’s first official top-class match of the new campaign.
Black Lion will be looking to celebrate their EPCR debut in the best possible way by upsetting two-time winners Gloucester Rugby in Pool 3 of the EPCR Challenge Cup at the Mikheil Meskhi Stadium in Tbilisi on Saturday.
Edinburgh Rugby couldn’t have wished for a harder start to their bid for EPCR Challenge Cup glory than a Pool 3 trip to three-time winners ASM Clermont Auvergne on Friday night in the competition’s opening game to the 2023-24 campaign.
06 Dec 2023
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