European Rugby Champions Cup and Challenge Cup match previews

Owen Farrell
England international Owen Farrell will make his first appearance of the season for Saracens against Toulon

European rugby returns for the 2016-17 season with Champions Cup holders Saracens taking on three-time winners Toulon in arguably the pick of the opening weekend's clashes.

Elsewhere, French champions Racing 92 welcome Munster, while Scarlets - the sole Welsh representatives in the top-tier competition - take on Sale.

In the Challenge Cup, big-spending Pau welcome Bath to south-west France.

Champions Cup


Connacht v Toulouse (17:30)

Leinster v Castres (15:15)

Northampton Saints v Montpellier (17:30)

Toulon v Saracens (15:15)

Scarlets v Sale Sharks (19:45)

Wasps v Zebre (13:00)


Bordeaux-Begles v Ulster (13:00)

Exeter Chiefs v ASM Clermont Auvergne (17:30)

Racing 92 v Munster (15:15)

Challenge Cup


Bayonne v Gloucester (17:00)

Enisei-STM v Worcester Warriors (15:00)

Pau v Bath (20:45)

Timisoara Saracens v Edinburgh (12:00)

* All kick-off times BST.