Heineken Champions Cup rugby fixtures 2022/23: Televised matches confirmed for the new season

BT Sport to show all 48 live games from the pool stage of the 2022/23 Heineken Champions Cup

By Callum Davis Published: 7 October 2022 - 10.41am
Heineken Champions Cup trophy

It's time to go again! 

The greatest club competition in world rugby resumes this December, with every game from the Heineken Champions Cup live on BT Sport.

All eyes will be on champions La Rochelle as the French giants look to go back-to-back in a new-look European format.

Ronan O'Gara's side claimed the first piece of silverware in the club's history with a hard-fought victory over four-time winners Leinster in last season's Marseille showpiece.

Now the battle to be crowned kings of European rugby continues with some blockbuster additions to the party.

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The 2022/23 campaign has some added spice with the introduction of southern hemisphere teams for the first time ever as the Bulls, Stormers and Sharks join the competition.

Overall 24 clubs will be divided into two pools of 12 – Pool A and Pool B – with fixtures played over nine weekends, with four rounds of pool-stage matches.

The eight highest-ranked clubs from each pool will qualify for the knockout stage which will consist of a new two-legged round of 16 tie, quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on 20 May 2023. 

Read on for a full list of BT Sport's live coverage of the pool stage of the Heineken Cup.

As ever, every game selected for broadcast on BT Sport will also be available to live stream via the BT Sport app and bt.com/sport.

Heineken Champions Cup matches on BT Sport 2022/23

Round 1

Friday 9 December

London Irish vs Montpellier - (8pm KO)

 

Saturday 10 December

Racing vs Leinster - (1pm KO)

Sharks vs Harlequins - (1pm KO)

Gloucester vs Bordeaux-Begles - (3.15pm KO)

Clermont vs Stormers - (3.15pm KO)

La Rochelle vs Northampton Saints - (5.30pm KO)

Bulls vs Lyon - (5.30pm KO)

Castres vs Exeter - (8pm KO)

 

Sunday 11 December

Sale Sharks vs Ulster - (1pm KO)

Saracens vs Edinburgh - (3.15pm KO)

Munster vs Toulouse - (3.15pm KO)

Ospreys vs Leicester Tigers (5.30pm KO)

Round 2

Friday 16 December

Leinster vs Gloucester - (8pm KO)

Bordeaux vs Sharks - (8pm KO)

 

Saturday 17 December

Exeter Chiefs vs Bulls - (1pm KO)

Edinburgh vs Castres - (1pm KO)

Leicester Tigers vs Clermont - (3.15pm KO)

Lyon vs Saracens - (3.15om KO)

Ulster vs La Rochelle - (5.30pm KO)

Stormers vs London Irish - (5.30pm KO)

Montpellier vs Ospreys - (8pm KO)

 

Sunday 18 December 

Northampton Saints vs Munster - (1pm KO)

Toulouse vs Sale Sharks - (1pm KO)

Harlequins vs Racing - (5.30pm KO)

Round 3

Friday 13 January

Clermont vs Leicester Tigers - (8pm KO)

 

Saturday 14 January

Gloucester vs Leinster - (1pm KO)

Sale Sharks vs Toulouse - (1pm KO)

Munster vs Northampton Saints - (3.15pm KO)

Sharks vs Bordeaux - (3.15pm KO)

La Rochelle vs Ulster - (5.30pm KO)

Bulls vs Exeter Chiefs - (5.30pm KO)

Saracens vs Lyon - (8pm KO)

Ospreys vs Montpellier - (8pm KO)

 

Sunday 15 January

London Irish vs Stormers - (1pm KO)

Castres vs Edinburgh - (1pm KO)

Racing vs Harlequins - (3.15pm KO)

Round 4

Friday 20 January

Leicester Tigers vs Ospreys - (8pm KO)

Lyon vs Bulls - (8pm KO)

 

Saturday 21 January

Harlequins vs Sharks - (1pm KO)

Northampton Saints vs La Rochelle - (1pm KO)

Leinster vs Racing - (3.15pm KO)

Bordeaux vs Gloucester - (3.15pm KO)

Exeter Chiefs vs Castres - (5.30pm)

Stormers vs Clermont - (5.30pm)

Ulster vs Sale Sharks - (8pm KO)

 

Sunday 22 January

Montpellier vs London Irish - (1pm KO)

Toulouse vs Munster - (3.15pm KO)

Edinburgh vs Saracens - 5.30pm KO)

 

*Further TV details to be announced shortly

Click here for full list of 2022/23 Heineken Champions Cup fixtures 

Heineken Champions Cup pools 2022/23

Pool A (with opponents in brackets) 

Castres (Exeter Chiefs and Edinburgh) 

Saracens (Lyon and Edinburgh) 

Bulls (Lyon and Exeter Chiefs) 

Bordeaux-Begles (Gloucester and Sharks) 

Harlequins (Racing and Sharks) 

Leinster (Racing and Gloucester) 

Racing (Harlequins and Leinster)

Gloucester (Bordeaux and Leinster) 

Sharks (Bordeaux and Harlequins)

Lyon (Saracens and Bulls)

Exeter (Castres and Bulls)

Edinburgh (Castres and Saracens)

 

Pool B (with opponents in brackets) 

Montpellier (London Irish and Wasps)

Leicester (Clermont and Ospreys)

Stormers (Clermont and London Irish)

Toulouse (Sale Sharks and Munster)

Northampton (La Rochelle and Munster)

Ulster (La Rochelle and Sale Sharks)

La Rochelle (Northampton and Ulster)

Sale Sharks (Toulouse and Ulster)

Munster (Toulouse and Northampton)

Clermont (Leicester and Stormers)

London Irish (Montpellier and Stormers)

Ospreys (Montpellier and Leicester) 

How does the Heineken Cup pool stage work?

The 24 qualified clubs were placed into four tiers based on their finishes from the Top 14, Gallagher Premiership and the United Rugby Championship.

Those teams were then divided into two pools of 12 - Pool A and Pool B.

The number one and two ranked teams in each domestic competition have been placed in Tier 1.

Teams that finished third and fourth in their domestic leagues are in Tier 2, with fifth and sixth in Tier 3 and seventh and eighth-placed sides completing Tier 4.

Clubs from Tier 1 and 4 were drawn in the same pool and will play one another home and away over four pool-stage rounds - as long as they are not from the same domestic league. 

The six highest-ranked clubs from each pool, as well as the 9th and 10th ranked clubs from each pool, will qualify for a Round of 16.

The 2022/23 season will be played over eight weekends with four rounds of matches in the pool stage starting in December.

The knockouts include a round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals, culminating in the Dublin finals at the Aviva Stadium May 20, 2023.

What can I expect from our Heineken Champions Cup coverage?

Every game shown on BT Sport will also be available to watch online on our enhanced player

With in-built try alerts, it allows you to re-watch key moments with our interactive timeline, meaning you need not miss a single try from what is expected to be an enthralling season.

For an unrivalled viewing experience, selected games will also be available in 4K HDR via BT Sport Ultimate.

Our live coverage will come from the grounds, led by our team of experts and commentators including Ugo Monye, Ben Kay, Lawrence Dallaglio and Austin Healey.

For insight, news and analysis from BT Sport’s expert rugby pundits, Rugby Tonight will round up all of the action from the weekend's European action and more.

Rugby fans will also have more ways to watch live rugby than ever, with the BT Sport Monthly Pass offering no-contract access for one month at a time, for just £25.

BT Sport’s Monthly Pass is available on a wide range of devices and platforms including Samsung smart TV, Sony PlayStation, Xbox, Now TV, Apple TV, as well as mobiles, tablets, BT TV, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media.

BT Sport is the live home of domestic and European club rugby and the only place you can watch the Gallagher Premiership, Heineken Champions Cup and EPCR Challenge Cup all in one place.

Click here to view the range of BT Sport packages on offer.