Heineken Cup Rugby Schedule 2013: Fixtures and TV Info for Sunday

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistOctober 13, 2013

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 01:  Jonny Wilkinson (R) the captain of Toulon dejectedly leads his side to collect the runners up medals after defeat in the Top 14 Final match between Castres Olympique and Toulon at the Stade de France on June 1, 2013 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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Although tensions remain high as to what the future holds for European rugby, this weekend brought back the excitement of the Heineken Cup schedule.

Already, the likes of Toulouse, Leinster, Saracens, Edinburgh and a host of other continental giants have got their campaigns off to a bright start, with plenty more set to take the spotlight on Sunday.

To ensure you don’t miss a minute of Sunday’s Heineken Cup action, read on for a guide to some of today’s games as well as all necessary viewing information.


Toulon vs. Glasgow Warriors

Where: Stade Felix Mayol

Time: KO at 3 p.m. BST

Viewing Info: Sky Sports 2

Stream: SkyGo App (Subscription required)

Toulon begin their Heineken Cup title defence with the visit of the Pro 12’s Glasgow Warriors, who fall somewhere on the opposite side of the spectrum in terms of prowess in international competition.

Last season, Gregor Townsend’s men managed just one win in the pool stage, so they will be expecting a much more astute challenge this time around.

This will be the first time that these two sides have met in the tournament, but with Toulon having never lost at home in the competition, the Glaswegians face arguably the toughest opener they could have hoped for.

Both sides are on good morale after winning their respective league outings last weekend, Warriors triumphing over Scarlets while Toulon had a narrow victory over last year’s fellow finalists, Clermont.

In the team news, Jonny Wilkinson is a welcome return for the hosts, who make no less than nine changes to the side that won last time out, while Townsend makes some switches of his own, bringing Jonny Gray, Ruaridh Jackson, Tommy Seymour, Henry Pyrgos, Dougie Hall, Jon Welsh and Josh Strauss back into the fold.


Exeter Chiefs vs. Cardiff Blues

Where: Sandy Park

Time: KO at 12:45 p.m. BST

Viewing Info: Sky Sports 2

Stream: SkyGo App (Subscription required)

Tom James won’t get the chance to play against former club Blues for the first time since leaving earlier this summer after rolling an ankle in training, although Fetu’u Vainikolo will make his first start for Chiefs as another summer recruit.

James is a big miss for Sunday’s hosts given some of the form he’s exhibited early in the season, but former Connacht speedster Vainikolo could be an equally strong asset on the wing.

Changes are slim on Cardiff’s end, too, with Dafydd Hewitt being the only change in the centre.

With Leigh Halfpenny in strong kicking form, Alex Cuthbert grabbing two tries last week and Rhys Patchell looking like one of the Pro 12 competition’s most promising youngsters, Sunday’s Welsh visitors could stage a surprise in Devon if Chiefs aren’t careful.


Racing Metro vs. Clermont Auvergne

Where: Olympique Yves du Manoir

Time: KO at 8 p.m. BST

Viewing Info: N/A

Stream: N/A

An all-French affair to marvel at this weekend is the Paris-based encounter between Racing Metro and Clermont.

With Scarlets having already won at The Stoop on Saturday, home victories just became all the more vital for Pool 4’s inhabitants, but defending their honour in the capital won’t be an easy task for Racing.

Last weekend, Clermont failed with an experimental back line against Toulon but have made 11 changes for this weekend’s fixture, including the reunion of Aurelien Rougerie and Wesley Fofana in the centres.

Last week saw Rougerie line up (largely ineffectively) on the wing, but a return to Vern Cotter’s preferred setup should bear more fruit.

Having made the final last season, Clermont have a hard act to follow, but have made it their business to choke just when good resolve is needed most, despite boasting one of the most frightening squads in the Northern Hemisphere.

The tie is in considerably good hands, too, with Nigel Owens set to take charge:

These two clubs met in the pool stage of the 2010-11 Heineken Cup, where it was Racing that came out on top of this fixture, winning 16-9 thanks to some Sireli Bobo magic.

However, with the Fijian no longer around, it will be up to the side’s Southern Hemisphere stars such as Juan Martin Hernandez and Juandre Kruger, now returned from the Rugby Championship, to come up with the goods.