NEWPORT Gwent Dragons have been drawn in pool three of the European Rugby Challenge Cup alongside Stade Francais and Newcastle.

Paris-based Stade Francais finished seventh in the Top 14 last season, while Newcastle were 11th in the Aviva Premiership.

The pool will be completed by FIRA 2 – a team yet to qualify.

Dragons fly-half Jason Tovey posted his immediate reaction on Twitter, stating: “Tough group but looking forward to it.”