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All kick off details have now been released for the European Cup quarter finals

BY Grant Constable  ·  Thursday Jul 16, 2020

Following the postponement of the knockout stages of its tournaments due to the COVID-19 pandemic, EPCR have now announced the new dates, kick-off times and TV coverage for the Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup quarter-finals.

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The 25th anniversary season of the Heineken Champions Cup will resume with what promises to be a monumental clash between No 1-ranked Leinster Rugby and holders, Saracens, at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, 19 September live on BT Sport who will be broadcasting all four quarter-finals.

Immediately after the Leinster-Saracens confrontation, ASM Clermont Auvergne and Racing 92 will go head-to-head at Stade Marcel-Michelin where Clermont have only lost once in five top flight quarter-final matches, however, that defeat was at the hands of the Parisians in 2018.

Then on Sunday, 20 September, four-time winners, Toulouse, will be up against Ulster Rugby at the 33,000-capacity Le Stadium live and free-to-air on Channel 4 and Virgin Media followed by the meeting of No 2-ranked, Exeter Chiefs, and Northampton Saints at Sandy Park.

Eight former winners of EPCR’s tournaments – Clermont, Leicester Tigers, Leinster, Northampton Saints, RC Toulon, Saracens, Toulouse and Ulster – with as many as 24 titles between them, remain in contention for European silverware and the eagerly-anticipated quarter-finals weekend will kick off on Friday, 18 September with the Challenge Cup clash of No 2-ranked Bristol Bears and the Dragons at Ashton Gate live on BT Sport.

The following day, Bordeaux-Bègles are at home against Edinburgh Rugby and No 1-ranked, RC Toulon, take on Scarlets at Stade Chaban-Delmas at Stade Mayol respectively with the Toulon-Scarlets tie also broadcast live in Wales on S4C.

The last of the Challenge Cup quarter-finals on Sunday, 20 September pits Leicester Tigers against Castres Olympique at Welford Road with live coverage again on BT Sport.

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All matches will be subject to government guidelines and/or restrictions with EPCR prioritising the health and welfare of players, club staff, match officials, media, supporters and the wider rugby community.

HEINEKEN CHAMPIONS CUP quarter-finals
(All kick-offs local time)

Saturday 19 September
QF 1: Leinster Rugby v Saracens, Aviva Stadium (15.00) BT Sport / beIN SPORTS
QF 2: ASM Clermont Auvergne v Racing 92, Stade Marcel-Michelin (18.30) beIN SPORTS / BT Sport
Sunday 20 September
QF 3: Toulouse v Ulster Rugby, Le Stadium (13.30) France 2 / beIN SPORTS / BT Sport / Channel 4 / Virgin Media
QF 4: Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints, Sandy Park (17.30) BT Sport / beIN SPORTS

Semi-final 1 – winner of QF 1, Leinster Rugby v Saracens, will play the winner of QF 2, ASM Clermont Auvergne v Racing 92
Semi-final 2 – winner of QF 3, Toulouse v Ulster Rugby, will play the winner of QF 4, Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints
(Matches to be played on 25/26/27 September)
2020 Heineken Champions Cup final: weekend 16/17/18 October (venue TBC)

CHALLENGE CUP quarter-finals
(All kick-offs local time)

Friday 18 September
QF 4: Bristol Bears v Dragons, Ashton Gate Stadium (19.45) BT Sport / beIN SPORTS
Saturday 19 September
QF 3: Bordeaux-Bègles v Edinburgh Rugby, Stade Chaban-Delmas (13.30) beIN SPORTS / BT Sport
QF 1: RC Toulon v Scarlets, Stade Félix Mayol (21.00) France 4 / beIN SPORTS / BT Sport / S4C
Sunday 20 September
QF 2: Leicester Tigers v Castres Olympique, Welford Road (15.00) BT Sport / beIN SPORTS

Semi-final 1 – winner of QF 1, RC Toulon v Scarlets, will play the winner of QF 2, Leicester Tigers v Castres Olympique
Semi-final 2 – winner of QF 3, Bordeaux-Bègles v Edinburgh Rugby, will play the winner of QF 4, Bristol Bears v Dragons
(Matches to be played on 25/26/27 September)
2020 Challenge Cup final: weekend 16/17/18 October (venue TBC)

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