Glasgow Warriors to start Champions Cup campaign with home tie

Co-captains Callum Gibbins and Ryan Wilson show off Glasgow Warriors' new strips. Picture: SNS Group
Co-captains Callum Gibbins and Ryan Wilson show off Glasgow Warriors' new strips. Picture: SNS Group
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Glasgow Warriors will kick off their 2018/19 Heineken Champions Cup campaign with a home tie, it has been confirmed.

Dave Rennie’s men will face Top 14 outfit Lyon, English Premiership side Saracens and Welsh PRO14 side Cardiff Blues.

Warriors welcome Sarries to Scotstoun for their opening match on October 14, before travelling to Arms Park to take on Cardiff the following weekend.

In December, Glasgow will take on Lyon in the double-header, travelling to France on December 8 before hosting Les Loups a week later.

There are a couple of familiar faces in the Saracens squad in former Warriors wing Sean Maitland and Scotland international Duncan Taylor, while the likes of Schalk Burger, Maro Itoje, Mako and Billy Vunipola and Owen Farrell could ensure a mouthwatering couple of games between the two sides.

Warriors will know all about Cardiff having faced them regularly in the PRO14, and the Arms Park side have six Wales caps in their ranks - including captain Ellis Jenkins along with Gareth Anscombe, Tomos Williams, Josh Turnbull, Seb Davies and Dillon Lewis.

Nick Frisby has experience of Top 14 rugby as a result of his short spell with Bordeaux Begles, but the Australian scrum-half didn’t come up against Lyon during his time in France.

Fixtures in full

Glasgow Warriors v Saracens - Sunday 14 October (kick off 3.15pm)

Cardiff Blues v Glasgow Warriors - Sunday 21 October (kick-off 3.15pm)

Lyon v Glasgow Warriors - Saturday 8 December (kick-off 2pm UK time)

Glasgow Warriors v Lyon - Saturday 15 December (kick-off 1pm)

Glasgow Warriors v Cardiff Blues - Sunday 13 January (kick-off 3.15pm)

Saracens v Glasgow Warriors - Saturday 19 January (kick-off 1pm)