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The Vodacom Bulls will begin their second season of rugby amongst Europe’s elite, at home where they will host Londoners, Saracens, in round 1 of the 2023/24 Heineken Champions Cup. The campaign will begin on Saturday, 09 December, ushering in what promises to be a memorable festive season for the herd.

The following weekend – Saturday 16 December – the Vodacom Bulls will travel to Lyon for the second round of the competition, where they will take on the French Top14 side (Lyon) at the Matmut Stadium de Gerland. The competition will then take a break before resuming in the new year with the Tshwane-based outfit travelling to Bristol – on Saturday 13 January of 2024 – where they will face the Premiership club in round three.

Finally, the herd will return to Loftus where they will host French outfit Union Bordeaux-Bègles, in the final round of the pool stages before the competition focuses on the knockout stage.


Back-to-back tournament winners, Stade Rochelais, will clash with last season’s runners-up, Leinster Rugby, in what promises to be another monumental contest between two of the world’s most powerful clubs when Round 1 gets underway in December.

Predictably, the competition involving 24 elite clubs with 40 EPCR titles between them won’t get any less demanding for Stade Rochelais who then travel to Cape Town to face the DHL Stormers in Round 2, before hosting Leicester Tigers in Round 3 and finalising their pool stage schedule against Sale Sharks at the AJ Bell Stadium on Sunday 21 January 2024.

Two-time tournament winners and last season’s URC champions, Munster Rugby, will be at Thomond Park for their Round 1 and Round 4 fixtures against newcomers, Aviron Bayonnais, and Northampton Saints respectively, while in Rounds 2 and 3 the Irish province will be on the road to face Exeter Chiefs and the 2023 EPCR Challenge Cup winners, RC Toulon in Pool 3.

Stade Toulousain, who clinched the TOP 14 title in such dramatic fashion last month, open their Pool 2 campaign at Stade Ernest Wallon against Cardiff Rugby on Saturday 9 December, before travelling to Harlequins in Round 2 and then to Ulster Rugby in Round 3. The five-time Champions Cup winners wrap up their pool stage schedule with a home tie against Bath Rugby in Round 4.

Leinster, tournament runners-up in the past two seasons, are at home in Rounds 2 and 3 against Sale Sharks and Stade Francais Paris respectively with either the RDS Arena or the Aviva Stadium to be confirmed as venues in the ultra-competitive Pool 4, and they will hope to book their place in the knockout stage once again when they travel to take on old rivals, Leicester Tigers, at Mattioli Woods Welford Road in Round 4 on Saturday 20 January.


R1 – Saturday 9 December 2023

Vodacom Bulls vs Saracens – kick off, 19:30 | Loftus Versfeld, South Africa

R2 – Saturday 16 December 2023

Lyon vs Vodacom Bulls – kick off, 18:30 | Matmut Stadium de Gerland, France

R3 – Saturday 13 January 2024

Bristol Bears vs Vodacom Bulls – kick off, 15:15 | Ashton Gate, England

R4 – Saturday 20 January 2024

Vodacom Bulls vs Union Bordeaux-Bègles – kick off, 15:00 | Loftus Versfeld, South Africa



Round 1:

Friday, Dec 8

Connacht Rugby v Union Bordeaux-Bègles – 20:00 – The Sportsground

Saturday, Dec 9

Vodacom Bulls v Saracens – 19:30 – Loftus Versfeld

Bristol Bears v Lyon – 20:00 – Ashton Gate

Round 2

Saturday, Dec 16

Saracens v Connacht Rugby – 13:00 – StoneX Stadium

Union Bordeaux-Bègles v Bristol Bears – 16:15 – Stade Chaban-Delmas

Lyon v Vodacom Bulls – 18:30 – Matmut Stadium de Gerland

Round 3

Saturday, Jan 13

Lyon v Connacht Rugby – 14:00 – Matmut Stadium de Gerland

Bristol Bears v Vodacom Bulls – 15:15 – Ashton Gate

Sunday Jan 14

Union Bordeaux-Bègles v Saracens – 18:30 – Stade Chaban-Delmas

Round 4:

Friday, Jan 19

Connacht Rugby v Bristol Bears – 20:00 -The Sportsground

Saturday Jan 20

Vodacom Bulls v Union Bordeaux-Bègles – 15:00 – Loftus Versfeld

Saracens v Lyon – 20:00 – StoneX Stadium

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