Bath Rugby is pleased to confirm the Round order in which they play Leinster and La Rochelle in this season’s Heineken Champions Cup.
The Blue, Black and Whites will travel to four-time European Champions Leinster in Round 1 on the weekend of the 10 December before hosting 2020/21 runners-up La Rochelle a week later.
The French side will then host Bath in Round 3 (weekend of 14 January 2022) before the group stage ends with Leinster visiting the Rec.
The exact dates of the pool stage fixtures in both tournaments, as well as kick-off times and TV coverage, will be announced as soon as possible following further consultation with clubs and EPCR’s partner broadcasters.
Weekend DATES FOR our European Fixtures
Round 1: Leinster Rugby v Bath Rugby, 10/11/12 December
Round 2: Bath Rugby v La Rochelle, 17/18/19 December
Round 3: La Rochelle v Bath Rugby, 14/15/16 January 2022
Round 4: Bath Rugby v Leinster, 21/22/23 January 2022
DIRECTOR OF RUGBY STUART HOOPER’S REACTION TO THE DRAW IN JULY
“There is always an air of excitement when it comes to the Heineken Champions Cup draw and we’re thoroughly looking forward to the 2021/22 campaign.
“We were really pleased with our performance on the final day of last season to secure our place in the Champions Cup, and there is no doubt our supporters helped cheer us on to victory that day.
“Not much comes close to the roar of a packed-out Rec and having fans at our European matches will add to that special feeling of facing opponents with recent history in the competition.”
WHO ARE OUR OPPONENTS?
Location: La Rochelle, France
Stadium: Stade Marcel-Deflandre
Key Player: Will Skelton
2020/21 TOP 14 finish: Runners-up (lost to Toulouse in the final)
2020/21 Heineken Champions Cup finish: Runners-up (lost to Toulouse in the final)
Ronan O’Gara is building a special culture at La Rochelle which contributed in Les Corsaires reaching the Heineken Champions Cup final last season for the first time. They also progressed to the TOP 14 final too, and although they suffered defeat at the hands of Toulouse twice, they proved a force to be reckoned with, securing impressive European wins over Leinster and Sale Sharks on their way to the 2021 showpiece fixture at Twickenham.
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Stadium: RDS Arena/Aviva Stadium
Key Player: Robbie Henshaw
2020/21 PRO 14 finish: Winners
2020/21 Heineken Champions Cup finish: Semi-finals (lost to La Rochelle)
Winning the Heineken Champions Cup three times in four seasons between 2009 and 2012, Leinster have great pedigree in the competition. Their last title came in the 2018 campaign before suffering a loss to Saracens in an epic battle a year later. Leo Cullen’s side also have a heavy focus on doing well in Europe with many high-profile Irish internationals in their side aiding their cause.
Ticket and Hospitality information
Matchday hospitality for Gallagher Premiership matches is now on sale. For Heineken Champions Cup enquiries, please register your interest by clicking below.
Ticket information for the European games will be released in due course but Bath Rugby's first two home matches in the Premiership are now on general sale with the third due to go on general sale on Monday 13 September.