THE fixture dates for this season's European Challenge Cup have been confirmed.

Warriors start with an away trip on Friday December 10 (kick-off 8.00pm) at Kingston Park against Newcastle Falcons.

They then have Biarritz, who won the competition in 2012, on Saturday December 18 (3.15 pm kick-off) with Toulon, who have won the Heineken Champions Cup three times, the visitors on Saturday January 15 (kick-off 5.30pm).

Worcester then finish the group stage in Italy against Zebre in Parma on Saturday January 22 (kick-off 4.15pm local time).

Warriors have a bye on the final weekend of pool matches on the weekend of April 8-10.

A round of 16 will be played on the weekend of April 15-17 followed by quarter-finals and semi-finals with the final scheduled for the Stade Velodrome in Marseilles on May 27.