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Home comforts for Leinster and Ulster while Munster head to France for European opener

EPCR have announced the 2017-18 fixture details.

The Challenge and Champions Cups on the shore of Lake Neuchatel Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

THE FIXTURE DETAILS have this afternoon been revealed for the first four rounds of pool fixtures in the 2017-18 European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup.

Ulster will be the first Irish side into Champions Cup action when they host Wasps on the evening of Friday, 13 October — which will get this season’s competition underway.

Leinster will welcome Montpellier to Dublin for a lunchtime kick-off the following afternoon, before Munster play Castres in France on Sunday, 15 October.

Connacht will also begin their European campaign in France. Kieran Keane’s side take on Oyonnax in the Challenge Cup on Saturday, 14 October.

All 40 matches in the first four rounds of the Champions Cup will be broadcast live in Ireland on either BT Sport or Sky Sports.

The dates, kick-off times and TV coverage for the fixtures in rounds five and six in both tournaments will be announced in December following the completion of the round four matches.

ULSTER (Champions Cup, Pool 1)

v Wasps (H) — Fri 13 Oct, 7.45pm (BT Sport)
v La Rochelle (A) — Sun 22 Oct, 4.15pm (Sky Sports)
v Harlequins (A) — Sun 10 Dec, 1.00pm (BT Sport)
v Harlequins (H) — Fri 15 Dec, 7.45pm (BT Sport)

LEINSTER (Champions Cup, Pool 3)

v Montpellier (H) — Sat 14 Oct, 1.00pm (Sky Sports)
v Glasgow Warriors (A) — Sat 21 Oct, 1.00pm (Sky Sports)
v Exeter Chiefs (A) — Sun 10 Dec, 5.30pm (BT Sport)
v Exeter Chiefs (H) — Sat 16 Dec, 3.15pm (BT Sport)

MUNSTER (Champions Cup, Pool 4)

v Castres (A) — Sun 15 Oct, 2.00pm (Sky Sports)
v Racing 92 (H) — Sat 21 Oct, 5.30pm (Sky Sports)
v Leicester Tigers (H) — Sat 9 Dec, 7.45pm (BT Sport)
v Leicester Tigers (A) — Sun 17 Dec, 5.30pm (BT Sport)

CONNACHT (Challenge Cup, Pool 5)

v Oyonnax (A) — Sat 14 Oct, 8.00pm
v Worcester Warriors (H) — Sat 21 Oct, 3.00pm
v Brive (A) — Sat 9 Dec, 9.00pm
v Brive (H) — Sat 16 Dec, 3.00pm

All kick-offs are in local time

Click here for full details of the other Champions Cup fixtures. For the Challenge Cup, click here.

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