World News – GB – Scarlets and Dragons learn about Euro draws


The Scarlets face Toulon in the European Champions Cup, with the two teams scheduled to meet seven times in four seasons

They will also face Bath at home and away, after the teams shared the honors in the 2017-18 season

The European group stages will be reduced from six to four team matches in December and January

The 2020-21 Heineken Champions Cup season will feature 24 teams and round-trip quarter-finals for the first time

The 24 teams will be divided into two pools of 12, with eight teams from the Premiership, Pro14 and Top 14

There will be four rounds of group matches, with no team from the same league playing against each other

Scarlets lost 11-6 in the Challenge Cup quarter-final in Toulon in September after two more group stage losses 2019-20

« Hell, it’s almost like Groundhog Day, isn’t it? » laughed Scarlets coach Glenn Delaney upon learning of the Toulon rematch

« We know these guys very well, we’ve played a lot of European rugby against them and we just played a quarter-final against them

« He’s a great opponent and I think both clubs like to play against each other, two groups of passionate supporters, both in red so we’re really excited and happy about that »

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Scarlets and Bath both won away from home in 2017-18, while Delaney has also known West Country club from his time at London Irish

« We have a recent history with these guys, again a team that is slowly building up under a new group of coaches, guys I know very well, » Delaney told BBC Sport Wales

« They are a very set piece-oriented team looking to kick start their scrum and power play, in some ways typical of an English Premiership team, and the Rec are one of the biggest fields where to compete « 

The Dragons, seeded lowest for their first action in the European top flight since 2011, were destined to face the top two teams England and France

They avoided defending reigning European and English champions Exeter Chiefs and will face Wasps instead, as they split the results against Bordeaux-Begles in the 2017-18 season, taking a shock 33- win. 17 at Rodney Parade

« We are really delighted to be at this level of the tournament, Bordeaux are a fantastic club and we have links with Naz (Luke Narraway) for having coached there

« I have a lot of connections to Wasps, but I’m really happy to measure myself against a team that has had a fantastic trajectory over the last three or four months under Lee Blackett For the first time, it feels more real , knowing who we have as opposition, ”Ryan told BBC Sport Wales

The Dragons reached three European Challenge Cup semi-finals and were quarter-finalists in September, but their best Champions Cup season with three out of six wins dates back to 16 years – so Ryan’s side maybe she be serious competitors?

« I think we can deliver serious play to anyone, but we need all of our best available players and we need to be at our best We have a big international window before that and we hope we can put them back and prepare them

« We didn’t stop to be intimidated by who they (our opponents) are, we are going to take advantage and we are excited to find out what Champions Cup rugby is like »

European Challenge Cup fixture details for Cardiff Blues and Ospreys have yet to be announced

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