Saracens book Wembley date with Toulouse
July 22, 2013
Toulon will kick off their defence of the Heineken Cup against Glasgow at the Stade Mayol © Getty Images
Saracens are set to play at Wembley Stadium twice next season after it was confirmed their Heineken Cup clash with Toulouse will be staged at the 90,000 capacity venue.
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Earlier this month the iconic football ground was announced as the venue for Saracens' Premiership clash with Harlequins on March 22 and now Heineken Cup officials have confirmed it will also play host to their second round showdown with their French rivals on Friday, October 18.
Tournament organisers European Rugby Cup Ltd confirmed the opening fixtures for next season's competition earlier today that will see Toulon kick off their defence of the title against Glasgow at the Stade Mayol on Sunday, October 13. Another of the early tournament highlights will see Racing Metro entertain Harlequins at Stade de la Beaujoire in Nantes in Round 3 on Saturday, 7 December.
Current Aviva Premiership champions, Leicester Tigers, will begin their campaign with what promises to be a fiercely-contested Pool 5 tie at Ulster's re-vamped Ravenhill ground on Friday, October 11, while last season's Amlin Challenge Cup champions, Leinster, will face the Ospreys in Round 1 on Saturday, October 12 at the Liberty Stadium.
In addition, Leinster have moved their Round 4 game against Pool 1 rivals Northampton Saints to the Aviva Stadium with the repeat of the dramatic 2011 tournament final set to go ahead on Saturday, December 14.
Cardiff Blues will stage a first European club game on an artificial pitch when they host Toulon at the Cardiff Arms Park - venue for the 2014 Amlin Challenge Cup final - in Round 2 on Saturday, October 19, and Saracens will follow suit with their Round 4 game against Zebre Rugby at Allianz Park on Saturday, December 14.
Last season's Top 14 champions, Castres Olympique, are at home against Northampton in Round 1 on Saturday, October 12, and the following day sees a crunch French derby between Racing and last season's beaten finalists ASM Clermont Auvergne.
Cardiff's Millennium Stadium was confirmed as the venue for the final last week but the long-term future of the competition remains in doubt with European stakeholders still yet to agree on the format of the competition and how revenues should be shared beyond this season.
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