Monday 19 February 2018

Dates set for provinces' Cup quarter-final clashes

Leinster coach Leo Cullen. Photo: Sportsfile
Leinster coach Leo Cullen. Photo: Sportsfile
Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Munster and Leinster's Champions Cup quarter-final ties will not clash after tournament organisers EPCR announced their schedule yesterday.

Toulon will visit Thomond Park on Easter Saturday, March 31, at 3.15 with Saracens taking on Leinster at the Aviva Stadium a day later at 3.30.

Munster's clash will be televised by Sky Sports, with Leo Cullen's (above) Leinster featuring on BT Sports.

Scarlets will meet La Rochelle on Friday, March 30 with Clermont's encounter with Racing 92 taking place at lunch-time on Easter Sunday.

Leinster will meet the winner of the Scarlets-La Rochelle game if they can overcome the current champions, while Munster will travel to France to face Clermont or Racing 92 if they can beat the three-time winners on home soil.

Connacht, meanwhile, will host Gloucester at the Sportsground on the Saturday at 1.0 in their Challenge Cup last-eight clash, with the fixture being televised by BT Sports.

They'll take on the winners of Newcaste Falcons' match with Brive in the semi-final if they can overcome the English side.

Meanwhile, Ireland U-20s' Six Nations meeting with France next Friday has been switched from Brive to Bordeaux as a result of an unplayable pitch.

The fixture will now take place at the Stade Chaban-Delmas at 8.0 Irish time.

Champions Cup quarter-finals: Friday, March 30: Scarlets v La Rochelle, Parc y Scarlets, 5.30; Saturday, March 31: Munster v Toulon, Thomond Park, 3.15; Sunday, April 1: Clermont v Racing 92, Stade Marcel-Michelin, 1.0; Leinster v Saracens, Aviva Stadium, 3.30;

Challenge Cup quarter-finals: Friday, March 30: Pau v Stade Francais, Stade du Hameau, 8.0; Newcastle v Brive, Kingston Park, 8.0; Saturday, March 31: Connacht v Gloucester, Sportsground, 1.0; Edinburgh v Cardiff Blues, Murrayfield, 5.45;

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