Saturday 18 November 2017

Celtic Park could host potential Champions Cup semi-final for Munster

The home of Glasgow Celtic has emerged as a possible Champions Cup semi-final venue for Munster should Rassie Erasmus's side and Glasgow Warriors progress to the semi-final of the competition.

Munster will face Toulouse in Thomond Park in the last eight while Glasgow are away at Saracens.

The format for the semi-final matches in the Champions Cup recognises performances by clubs during the pool stage as well as the achievement of winning a quarter-final match away from home.

This means that Munster would be away to Glasgow if the two sides meet in the semi-finals and Scotstoun - the home of Glasgow Warriors - has been ruled out as a venue in the last four.

Speaking to the Irish Daily Star's Derek Foley, Glasgow spokesperson Jeremy Bone said: "We have nothing in place yet but in the event we qualify for the last four, we are aware we can't use Scotstoun so we will be looking at options.

"We would have the option of Murrayfield in Edinburgh but there are also three big grounds in Glasgow - Parkhead, Hampden and Inrox. Right now, we are not ruling out playing in one of those."

PATH TO THE FINAL

Semi-final 1 – winner of QF 1: ASM Clermont Auvergne v RC 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

The semi-final matches will be played at venues designated by EPCR, and the following clubs will have home country advantage in their respective matches:

Semi-final 1

  • If ASM Clermont Auvergne (ranked 1) and Leinster (ranked 4) win their quarter-finals, Clermont will have home country advantage
  • If ASM Clermont Auvergne (ranked 1) and Wasps (ranked 5) win their quarter-finals, Wasps will have home country advantage
  • If RC Toulon (ranked 8) and Leinster Rugby (ranked 4) win their quarter-finals, Toulon will have home country advantage
  • If RC Toulon (ranked 8) and Wasps (ranked 5) win their quarter-finals, Wasps will have home country advantage

Semi-final 2

  • If Saracens (ranked 3) and Munster (ranked 2) win their quarter-finals, Munster will have home country advantage
  • If Saracens (ranked 3) and Toulouse (ranked 7) win their quarter-finals, Toulouse will have home country advantage
  • If Glasgow Warriors (ranked 6) and Munster Rugby (ranked 2) win their quarter-finals, Glasgow will have home country advantage
  • If Glasgow Warriors (ranked 6) and Toulouse (ranked 7) win their quarter-finals, Glasgow will have home country advantage

Quarter-finals: March 31 / April 1/2

Semi-finals: April 21/22/23

2017 Champions Cup final: Saturday, May 13; Murrayfield (17:00)

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