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Who could Bath Rugby face in the Heineken Champions Cup?

29 May 2019

Ahead of the Heineken Champions Cup draw, which takes place in Lausanne on Wednesday 19th June, we take a look at our potential opponents in Europe next season. 

Gallagher Premiership

Exeter Chiefs

Ground: Sandy Park

Capacity: 12,921

League Finish: 1st

Last season in Europe: Pool Stages of Heineken Champions Cup

Coach: Rob Baxter

Key player: Henry Slade

Saracens

Ground: Allianz Park

Capacity: 10,000

League Finish: 2nd

European Honours: Heineken Champions Cup (2015-16, 2016-17, 2018-19)

Last season in Europe: Heineken Champions Cup Winners

Coach: Mark McCall

Key player: Owen Farrell

Gloucester

Ground: Kingsholm Stadium

Capacity: 16,115

League Finish: 3rd

European honours: Challenge Cup (2005-6), (2014-15)

Last season in Europe: Pool Stages of Heineken Champions Cup  

Coach: Johan Ackermann

Key player: Danny Cipriani

Northampton Saints

Ground: Franklin’s Gardens

Capacity: 15,249

League Finish: 4th

European Honours: Heineken Champions Cup (1999-20), European Challenge Cup (2008-09, 2013-14)

Last season in Europe: Quarter-Finals of the Challenge Cup

Coach: Chris Boyd  

Key player: Cobus Reinach

Harlequins  

Ground: Twickenham Stoop

Capacity: 14,800

League Finish: 5th

European Honours: European Challenge Cup (2000-01, 2003-04, 2010-11)

Last season in Europe: Semi-Finals of the Challenge Cup

Coach: Paul Gustard  

Key player: Danny Care

Sale Sharks

Ground: AJ Bell Stadium

Capacity: 12,000

League Finish: 7th

European Honours: European Challenge Cup (2001-02, 2004-05)

Last season in Europe: Semi-Finals of the Challenge Cup

Coach: Steve Diamond  

Key player: Faf de Klerk

Pro 14

Glasgow Warriors

Ground: Scotstoun Stadium

Capacity: 7,351

Conference Finish: 1st

Last season in Europe: Quarter-Finals of the Heineken Champions Cup  

Coach: Dave Rennie

Key Player: Tommy Seymour

Munster Rugby

Ground: Thomond Park

Capacity: 25,600

Conference Finish: 2nd

European Honours: Champions Cup (2005-06, 2007-08)

Last season in Europe: Semi-Finals of the Heineken Champions Cup

Coach: Johann van Graan

Key Player: Peter O’Mahony

Connacht Rugby

Ground: Galway Sportsgrounds

Capacity: 8,129

Conference Finish: 3rd

Last season in Europe: Quarter-Finals of the Challenge Cup

Coach: Andy Friend

Key Player: Bundee Aki

Leinster Rugby

Ground: RDS Arena

Capacity: 18,500

Conference Finish: 1st 

European Honours: Champions Cup (2008-09, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2017-18), Challenge Cup (2012-13)

Last season in Europe: Heineken Champions Cup runners-up

Coach: Leo Cullen

Key Player: Tadhg Furlong 

Ulster Rugby

Ground: Ravenhill Stadium

Capacity: 18,000

League Finish: 2nd

European Honours: Champions Cup (1998-99)

Last season in Europe: Quarter-Finals of the Heineken Champions Cup

Coach: Dan McFarland

Key Player: Jacob Stockdale

Benneton Treviso

Ground: Stadio Comunale di Monigo

Capacity: 6,700

League Finish: 3rd

Last season in Europe: Pool Stages of Heineken Champions Cup

Coach: Kieran Crowley

Key Player: Tommaso Allen

Ospreys

Ground: Liberty Stadium

Capacity: 21,088

League Finish: 4th (Conference A)  

Last season in Europe: Pool Stages of Challenge Cup  

Coach: Allen Clarke  

Key Player: Alun Wyn Jones  

Top 14

Toulouse

Ground: Stade Ernest-Eallon

Capacity: 19,500

League Finish: 1st

European Honours: Heineken Champions Cup (1998-99, 2002-03, 2004-05, 2009-10)

Last season in Europe: Semi-Finals of the Heineken Champions Cup

Coach: Ugo Mola  

Key player: Cheslin Kolbe

Clermont Auvergne

Ground: Parc Des Sports Marcel Michelin

Capacity: 19,022

League Finish: 2nd

European Honours: European Challenge Cup (1998-99, 2006-07, 2018-19)

Last season in Europe: Challenge Cup Winners

Coach: Franck Azéma   

Key player: Peceli Yato  

Lyon

Ground: Stade de Gerland

Capacity: 25,000

League Finish: 3rd

Last season in Europe: Pool Stages of Heineken Champions Cup

Coach: Pierre Mignoni

Key player: Felix Lambey  

Racing 92

Ground: Paris La Défense Arena

Capacity: 30,681

League Finish: 4th

Last season in Europe: Quarter-Finals of Heineken Champions Cup

Coach: Laurent Labit & Laurent Travers

Key player: Finn Russell 

Montpellier

Ground: Altrad Stadium

Capacity: 15,697

League Finish: 6th

European Honours: European Challenge Cup (2015-16)

Last season in Europe: Pool Stages of Challenge Cup

Coach: Vern Cotter 

Key player: Nemani Nadolo

La Rochelle

Ground: Stade Marcel-Deflandre  

Capacity: 16,000

League Finish: 5th

Last season in Europe: Challenge Cup runners-up

Key player: Ihaia West

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