AFTER THE POOL draw was made in June, the new European Rugby Champions Cup has today released its fixture schedule for the coming season.
Semi-finalists in the two most recent Heineken Cups, Munster will start the new look competition away to Sale Sharks on October 18 with the tie of the round coming in the same pool later that day in the form of Saracens v Clermont.
Ulster are also in England on the opening weekend, their clash with familiar foes Leicester will be the late kick-off on the Saturday night. Leinster will have to wait until Sunday October 19 to begin their assault on the new European competition when Wasps visit the RDS. The opening round fixtures will again be reversed in round six.