Dates confirmed for European quarter-finals

Date published: January 27 2017

The dates, venues and kick-offs for the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup quarter-finals have been confirmed, starting on Friday, March 31.

The countdown to the finals will begin when Edinburgh and La Rochelle face off in the first of the Challenge Cup quarter-finals at Murrayfield and then the following day, the Champions Cup will be under the spotlight again as Leinster take on Wasps at the 50,000-capacity Aviva Stadium.

Also on Saturday, April 1, Munster and Toulouse will meet in a heavyweight bout at Thomond Park, while holders Saracens are in action on Sunday, April 2 when they take on quarter-final first-timers, Glasgow Warriors, at Allianz Park.

The Champions Cup weekend will be rounded off later the same day when number one seeds, Clermont, go head-to-head with Toulon at Stade Marcel-Michelin in a repeat of the 2013 and 2015 finals.

In the Challenge Cup, Bath are up against Brive at the Recreation Ground on Saturday, April 1 in a re-run of their historic 1998 European Cup final, and on the same day, two tournament winners, Gloucester and Cardiff Blues, will lock horns at Kingsholm.

Fresh from their record-breaking maximum 30 points in the pool stage, number one seeds, Ospreys, clash with Stade Français on Sunday, April 2 at a venue which will be confirmed in the near future.

Champions Cup quarter-finals
(All kick-offs local time)

Saturday, April 1
QF 2: Leinster v Wasps
@ Aviva Stadium
Kick-off: 15:15 GMT

QF 4: Munster v Toulouse
@ Thomond Park
Kick-off: 17:45 GMT

Sunday, April 2
QF 3: Saracens v Glasgow Warriors
@ Allianz Park
Kick-off: 13:00 GMT

QF 1: Clermont v Toulon
@ Stade Marcel-Michelin
Kick-off: 16:15 local (15:15 GMT)

Semi-final 1 – winner of QF 1: Clermont v Toulon will play the winner of QF 2: Leinster v Wasps
Semi-final 2 – winner of QF 3: Saracens v Glasgow Warriors will play the winner of QF 4: Munster v Toulouse
(Matches to be played on 22/23 April)

Champions Cup final: Saturday, May 13
BT Murrayfield
Kick-off: 17:00 GMT


Challenge Cup quarter-finals
(All kick-offs local time)

Friday, March 31
QF 3: Edinburgh v La Rochelle
@ BT Murrayfield
Kick-off: 20:00 GMT

Saturday, April 1
QF 2: Bath v Brive
@ Recreation Ground
Kick-off: 12:45 GMT

QF 4: Gloucester v Cardiff Blues
@ Kingsholm
Kick-off: 20:05 GMT

Sunday, April 2
QF 1: Ospreys v Stade Français
@ TBC
Kick-off: 17:45 GMT

Semi-final 1 – winner of QF 1: Ospreys v Stade Français will play the winner of QF 2: Bath v Brive
Semi-final 2 – winner of QF 3: Edinburgh v La Rochelle will play the winner of QF 4: Gloucester v Cardiff Blues
(Matches to be played on 21/22/23 April)

Challenge Cup final: Friday, May 12
@ BT Murrayfield
Kick-off: 20:00 GMT

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