Challenge Cup schedule confirmed

EPCR today confirmed the fixture schedule for this season’s European Challenge Cup pool stages, with Edinburgh travelling to play Romanian side Timisoara Saracens in their campaign opener on Saturday 15 October.

Edinburgh will then host last year’s finalists Harlequins the following Saturday (22 October) at BT Murrayfield (kick-off 3.15pm) – live on BT Sport – in match that will see wing Tim Visser return to face his former club for the first time.

A back-to-back encounter with French Top 14 side Stade Francais follows, with Edinburgh playing host on Saturday 10 December, before travelling to Stade Jean Bouin to play the Paris-based side on Thursday 15 December.

Solomons’ men will then finish the pool stages with an away trip to the Twickenham Stoop to face Harlequins on the second weekend in January, before hosting Timisora Saracens at Myreside for the pool stage finale the following week (dates and kick-off times for rounds five and six will be announced after the completion of round four in December).