Stormers thrown into Euro Cup ‘pool of dying’

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The DHL Stormers will face defending champions La Rochelle and Premiership finalists Sale Sharks after being drawn in a tricky pool for the 2023-24 Champions Cup.

The official pool draw for the 2023-24 Champions Cup and second-tier Problem Cup was held on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on Wednesday afternoon.

The Stormers had been handed arguably the hardest project of all of the South African groups.

Together with La Rochelle and Sale Sharks, the Stormers had been additionally joined by Leicester Tigers, Stade Francais and Leinster in Pool 4 of the Champions Cup.

Which means that the Stormers will face La Rochelle, Sale Sharks, Leicester Tigers and Stade Francais both house or away.

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La Rochelle are the defending champions, Sale had been shedding finalists within the English Premiership the place Leicester completed third total, and Stade Francais completed fourth within the French Prime 14.

The Vodacom Bulls, in the meantime, had been drawn in Pool 1 with Premiership champions Saracens, Prime 14 semi-finalists Bordeaux, quarter-finalists Lyon, in addition to English outfit Bristol Bears and Irish facet Connacht.

As for the Problem Cup, the Sharks had been positioned in Pool 1 with newly-promoted Prime 14 facet Oyonnax in addition to French outfit Pau, Welsh facet Dragons, Zebre from Italy and the primary invitational facet (to be revealed).

The Lions had been drawn in Pool 2 with 2021-22 French champions Montpellier, English facet Newcastle Falcons, Prime 14 strugglers Perpignan, Italy’s Benetton and Wales’ Ospreys.

It stays to be seen whether or not the Cheetahs will likely be included because the invitational contenders.

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Picture: EJ Langner

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