The European Champions Cup fixtures that were postponed in the wake of the Paris terror attacks have been rescheduled for the weekend of January 9.
A total of six games in the Champions Cup and the Challenge Cup had to be postponed, including Bath’s trip to defending champions Toulon.
Following the completion of discussions between EPCR, the Ligue Nationale de Rugby, Premiership Rugby and PRO12 Rugby, it has been agreed by all parties that the games will be played on the weekend of 8/9/10 January 2016 in advance of Round 5 of the European Rugby Champions Cup and Challenge Cup.
The decision to play the postponed games on the second weekend in January means that the Round 13 fixtures in the Top 14 will now be played later in the season, as will the following Round 12 fixtures in the Guinness PRO12: Ulster v Dragons, Zebre v Glasgow, and Cardiff Blues v Munster.
The Premiership Rugby Round 9 match between Bath and Sale Sharks, which was due to be played on Friday, 8 January 2016, will also take place later in the season on a date to be announced.
"The new exact dates, kick-off times of the fixtures will be announced as soon as possible," read a statement.
"Following the tragic events in Paris on 13 November and the postponement of the European matches which were due to be played in France that weekend, we have been working closely with the clubs and EPCR on the re-scheduling options,” said Premiership Rugby CEO Mark McCafferty.
"It's been extremely challenging as the start of our season was delayed due to Rugby World Cup and there were simply no spare weekends. However, Bath Rugby has been continually supportive and very flexible in helping re-arrange the Toulon game for the same weekend as the other postponed European matches. Equally, I would like to record our thanks to Sale Sharks for their strong support in facilitating this outcome. It further underlines the co-operation and solidarity shown by all European clubs against the background of the tragic circumstances."
Postponed matches to be rescheduled on 8/9/10 January 2016
Champions Cup – Round 1:
Oyonnax v Ulster
Racing 92 v Glasgow
Bordeaux-Bègles v Clermont
Toulon v Bath
Stade Francais Paris v Munster
Challenge Cup – Round 1:
Pau v Castres Olympique