Challenge Cup opponents confirmed
Edinburgh’s European Challenge Cup opponents for the 2019/20 season were today confirmed following this afternoon’s draw in Laussane, Switzerland.
The capital side have been drawn in Pool 3 alongside English Premiership giants, Wasps, and French Top 14 sides Bordeaux-Begles and Agen.
It is an exciting draw for Richard Cockerill’s side who have previously enjoyed success in the Challenge Cup.
The capital side reached the final of the tournament in 2014/15, while their last appearance in the competition in 2017/18 saw the club reach the Quarter-Final stages.
The draw sees Edinburgh face two-times European Champions Wasps – who finished the 2018/19 Premiership season in 8th place – with the Coventry-based club last lifting the Challenge Cup in 2002/03.
Edinburgh will also take on Bordeaux-Begles – who finished 10th in last season’s Top 14 - with Edinburgh recording a double over the French club in the two club’s previous meeting in the 2014/15 Challenge Cup.
Richard Cockerill’s side will then face Top 14 side Agen - runners-up in the competition in 1998 – in a match that will see Edinburgh return to French soil following fixtures against RC Toulon and Montpellier in last season’s Heineken Champions Cup campaign.
Reacting to today’s draw, Head Coach Richard Cockerill, said: “There will definitely be plenty of intrigue following today’s draw and we’re excited for the challenge that awaits us in this year’s competition.
“Wasps’ European pedigree obviously speaks for itself and it will be a great test for us as a squad to take them on home and away. They are a club I know well from my time in the Premiership and we will be looking forward to bringing that quality of side to BT Murrayfield.
“Bordeaux-Begles will be another really tough opponent. They are a squad filled with international talent and we will be relishing the opportunity to travel and prove ourselves against the superstars of French rugby.
“Agen – although they didn’t set the Top 14 alight in last season’s campaign – will be another really strong outfit and it will be a great test for our squad to take them on in what is always a hostile environment.
“The Challenge Cup will be another brilliant opportunity for us to prove ourselves against some of European rugby’s best players and we’re really excited for the campaign to get started.