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Champions and Challenge Cup times, dates and venues confirmed

By Kim Ekin
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With ten former tournament winners with as many as 29 European titles between them still in contention for this season’s coveted silverware in Marseille, EPCR have announced the exact dates, kick-off times and broadcast coverage of the Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup quarter-final matches.

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The elite last eight in the Heineken Champions Cup gets underway on Saturday, May 7, with the clash of Munster – appearing in a quarter-final for a record 19th time – and the holders, Toulouse, at the Aviva Stadium, while the eagerly anticipated showdown between European heavyweights and current Gallagher Premiership and URC leaders, Leicester Tigers and Leinster, is scheduled for Mattioli Woods Welford Road later the same day.

Also on May 7, the Stade Marcel-Deflandre will be packed out once again for the confrontation between the 2021 finalists, La Rochelle, and Tor 14 front runners, Montpellier, who have reached the quarter-final stage for the first time since 2013.

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Then on Sunday, May 8, the No 1-ranked club from Pool A and three-time finalists, Racing 92, will go head-to-head with Sale Sharks at the Paris La Défense Arena.

The EPCR Challenge Cup quarter-finals kick off on Friday, May 6, when Gloucester take on Saracens at Kingsholm, and that all-Premiership clash will be followed on Saturday, May 7, by the Edinburgh versus Wasps and Lyon versus Glasgow Warriors ties at the DAM Health Stadium and the Matmut Stadium de Gerland respectively.

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Two-time finalists Toulon and London Irish wrap up the EPCR Challenge Cup schedule when they meet at Stade Felix Mayol on Sunday, May 8. All quarter-finals in both tournaments will be broadcast live on BT Sport with the Heineken Champions Cup match between Racing 92 and Sale also going out live and free-to-air in the UK and Ireland on Channel 4 and Virgin Media. The highest-ranked clubs which qualify for the semi-finals will have home venue advantage.

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HEINEKEN CHAMPIONS CUP – quarter-finals (Kick-offs local times)
Saturday, May 7
Munster Rugby v Stade Toulousain, Aviva Stadium (15.00)
BT Sport / France 2 / beIN SPORTS

Leicester Tigers v Leinster Rugby, Mattioli Woods Welford Road (17.30)
BT Sport / beIN SPORTS

Stade Rochelais v Montpellier Hérault Rugby, Stade Marcel-Deflandre (18.30)
beIN SPORTS / BT SPORT

Sunday, May 8
Racing 92 v Sale Sharks, Paris La Défense Arena (16.00)
France 2 / beIN SPORTS / BT SPORT / Channel 4 / Virgin Media

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Semi-finals – May 13/14/15
The highest-ranked clubs from the pool stage will have home venue advantage.
SF 1: Racing 92 (A1) or Sale Sharks (A5) v Stade Rochelais (A3) or Montpellier Hérault Rugby (A7)
SF 2: Leicester Tigers (B1) or Leinster Rugby (A4) v Munster Rugby (B3) or Stade Toulousain (B7)
2022 Heineken Champions Cup final: Saturday, May 28; Stade Vélodrome, Marseille (17.45)

EPCR CHALLENGE CUP – quarter-finals (Kick-offs local times)
Friday, May 6
Gloucester Rugby v Saracens, Kingsholm (20.00)
BT Sport / beIN SPORTS

Saturday, May 7
Edinburgh Rugby v Wasps, DAM Health Stadium (12.30)
BT Sport / beIN SPORTS

Lyon v Glasgow Warriors, Matmut Stadium de Gerland (21.00)
beIN SPORTS / BT Sport

Sunday, May 8
RC Toulon v London Irish, Stade Félix Mayol (13.30)
France 4 / beIN SPORTS / BT Sport

Semi-finals – May 13/14/15
The highest-ranked clubs will have home venue advantage.
SF 1: Lyon (1) or Glasgow Warriors (14) v Edinburgh Rugby (3) or Wasps (12)
SF 2: RC Toulon (2) or London Irish (6) v Gloucester Rugby (4) or Saracens (8)
2022 EPCR Challenge Cup final: Friday, May 27; Stade Vélodrome, Marseille (21.00)

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