Edinburgh drawn against Toulon, Montpellier and Newcastle Falcons

Edinburgh’s Heineken Champions Cup opponents for the 2018/19 season have today been confirmed following this afternoon’s draw in Laussane, Switzerland.

The capital side have been drawn in Pool 5 with English Premiership semi-finalists Newcastle Falcons, last season’s Top 14 quarter-finalists Toulon and runners-up Montpellier.

As Edinburgh make a return to the Heineken Champions Cup for the first time since the 2013/14 season, the pool stages have thrown up some intriguing home and away encounters.

Head Coach Richard Cockerill will return to the French Riviera to face his former side, Toulon, whom he guided to the 2017 Top 14 Final before joining Edinburgh at the start of last season.

Edinburgh will then take on Montpellier in a fixture which sees former Scotland Head Coach Vern Cotter make a return to BT Murrayfield. Cotter led Les Cistes to last season’s Top 14 Final, where they lost out to Castres.

Cockerill’s charges then face an opponent closer to home in the form of last season’s English Premiership runners-up, Newcastle Falcons. Edinburgh defeated the English outfit during the 2017/18 pre-season and will travel to Kingston Park this August in a reciprocating warm-up fixture.

Reacting to this afternoon’s draw, Cockerill said: “The Heineken Champions Cup is going to be hard whoever you draw, but I’m probably pleased that we’ve drawn, firstly, Toulon - a side that I’ve obviously coached and know a lot about - but also Montpellier and Newcastle Falcons, who are both tough opponents.

“It’s great to get the big teams. Newcastle Falcons, Montpellier and Toulon have pretty much got world XVs. To be able to test ourselves again those teams, both home and away, is fantastic.

“I’m looking forward to going away to Toulon, Montpellier and Newcastle, but to bring that quality of team to Edinburgh, in front of our supporters, who they will see a lot on TV and read about will be fantastic.

“I’m also looking forward to really testing ourselves. We should be excited that Edinburgh, as a club, are mixing with that company and let’s hope we do ourselves justice.

“We want to compete and go up against the very best. Toulon have been European Champions multiple times. Montpellier were finalists in last season’s Top 14, while Newcastle reached the semi-finals of the Premiership after a brilliant season.

“It’s a brilliant opportunity to test ourselves against that type of calibre of player, but also to prove that we’re as good as them as well. We’ve got some very good players in our squad – many of them are in the Scotland set-up – and we’ll go out there to prove ourselves at the top table.”

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