Vodacom Bulls releases Heineken Cup fixture. Image: @BlueBullsRugby/twitter

Bulls confirm European tour fixtures

The Vodacom Bulls will start their Heineken Champions Cup campaign at home against Saracens before flying off to France.


Vodacom Bulls releases Heineken Cup fixture. Image: @BlueBullsRugby/twitter

The Vodacom Bulls will kick-off their second season of rugby amongst Europe’s elite, at home against Londoners, Saracens, in round 1 of the 2023/24 Heineken Champions Cup.

The campaign will start on Saturday, 09 December, ushering in what promises to be a memorable festive season for the herd.

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The following weekend, Jake White’s men will travel to Lyon for the second round of the competition, where they will take on the French Top14 side (Lyon) at the Matmut Stadium de Gerland.

The competition will then take a break before resuming in the new year with the Tshwane-based outfit travelling to Bristol – on Saturday 13 January of 2024 – where they will face the Premiership club in round three.

Bulls to play their first Heineken Cup match at home

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Finally, the herd will return to Loftus where the Bulls will host French outfit Union Bordeaux-Bègles, in the final round of the pool stages before the competition focuses on the knockout stage.

Back-to-back tournament winners, Stade Rochelais, will clash with last season’s runners-up, Leinster Rugby, in what promises to be another monumental contest between two of the world’s most powerful clubs when Round 1 gets underway in December.


R1 – Saturday 9 December 2023

Vodacom Bulls vs Saracens – kick off, 19:30 | Loftus Versfeld, South Africa

R2 – Saturday 16 December 2023

Lyon vs Vodacom Bulls – kick off, 18:30 | Matmut Stadium de Gerland, France

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R3 – Saturday 13 January 2024

Bristol Bears vs Vodacom Bulls – kick off, 15:15 | Ashton Gate, England

R4 – Saturday 20 January 2024

Vodacom Bulls vs Union Bordeaux-Bègles – kick off, 15:00 | Loftus Versfeld, South Africa