European round of 16 kick-off times confirmed

Glasgow Warriors face Friday night clash away to Harlequins in Champions Cup on 5th April

Glasgow Warriors will take on Harlequins at Twickenham Stoop in the last 16 of the Champions Cup on Friday 5th April. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

GLASGOW WARRIORS’ Champions Cup round of 16 clash against Harlequins has been scheduled for Friday 5th April, with an 8pm kick-off at Twickenham Stoop. The draw became clear after the final round of pool matches were completed on Sunday evening, with the kick-off times confirmed this [Thursday] morning.

Edinburgh’s round of 16 match in the second tier European Challenge Cup against Bayonne will be played on Saturday 6th April at the Hive Stadium.

Every round of 16 match in the Champions Cup will be televised live by TNT Sports in the UK and Ireland, by beIN SPORTS in France, by SuperSport in South Africa and by FloRugby in the USA and Canada. Two of these matches will be broadcast free-to-air in France by France Télévisions, with ITV and RTE in the UK and Ireland televising one free-to-air match each.


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While this first round of knock-out matches has thrown up some mouthwatering clashes, the number of rematches from the pool stage could dilute the sense of occasion, with Northampton Saints and Munster, Vodacom Bulls and Lyon, DHL Stormers and La Rochelle, Bordeaux and Saracens and Leinster and Leicester Tigers all set to meet each other for the second time in this year’s tournament.

Finding the best competition format to maximise excitement and manage player workloads has been a long-running challenge for EPCR, the tournament organisers, and it is clear that some more tinkering is required.

 

INVESTEC CHAMPIONS CUP ROUND OF 16 DRAW –

(Pool stage rankings in brackets / All kick-offs local times)

Friday 5th April

  • Match 5: Harlequins (5) v Glasgow Warriors (12), Twickenham Stoop (20.00)
    • TNT Sports / beIN SPORTS / SuperSport / FloRugby

Saturday 6th April

  • Match 6: Vodacom Bulls (6) v Lyon (11), Loftus Versfeld (13.30)
    • SuperSport / beIN SPORTS / TNT Sports / FloRugby
  • Match 8: Exeter Chiefs (8) v Bath Rugby (9), Sandy Park (15.00)
    • TNT Sports / beIN SPORTS / SuperSport / FloRugby
  • Match 7: DHL Stormers (7) v Stade Rochelais (10), DHL Stadium (16.00)
    • SuperSport / beIN SPORTS / France TV / TNT Sports / FloRugby
  • Match 4: Union Bordeaux-Bègles (4) v Saracens (13), Stade Chaban-Delmas (18.30)
    • beIN SPORTS / TNT Sports / SuperSport / FloRugby
  • Match 2: Leinster Rugby (2) v Leicester Tigers (15), Aviva Stadium (20.00)
    • RTE / TNT Sports / beIN SPORTS / SuperSport / FloRugby

Sunday 7th April

  • Match 3: Northampton Saints (3) v Munster Rugby (14), cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens (12.30)
    • ITV / TNT Sports / beIN SPORTS / SuperSport / FloRugby
  • Match 1: Stade Toulousain (1) v Racing 92 (16), Le Stadium (16.00)
    • France TV / beIN SPORTS / TNT Sports / SuperSport / Flo Rugby

Quarter-finals – 12th/13th/14th April

  • QF 1: Winner R16 1 v Winner R16 8
  • QF 2: Winner R16 2 v Winner R16 7
  • QF 3: Winner R16 3 v Winner R16 6
  • QF 4: Winner R16 4 v Winner R16 5
    • NB The highest-ranked clubs from the pool stage will have home venue advantage

Semi-finals – 3rd/4th/5th May

  • SF 1: Winner QF 1 v Winner QF 4
  • SF 2: Winner QF 2 v Winner QF 3
    • NB The matches will be played in Europe and where relevant the highest-ranked clubs from the pool stage will have home country advantage

2024 Investec Champions Cup Final – Saturday 25 May; Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London (14.45)

 

EPCR CHALLENGER CUP ROUND OF 16 DRAW –

(Pool stage rankings in brackets / All kick-offs local times)

Friday 5th April

  • Match 2: Gloucester Rugby (2) v Castres Olympique (15), Kingsholm (20.00)
    • Viaplay-Premier Sports / beIN SPORTS / FloRugby

Saturday 6th April

  • Match 4: ASM Clermont Auvergne (4) v Toyota Cheetahs (13), Stade Marcel-Michelin (13.30)
    • France TV / beIN SPORTS / SuperSport / FloRugby
  • Match 3: Benetton Rugby (3) v Emirates Lions (14), Stadio Comunale di Monigo (18.30)
    • epcrugby.tv / SuperSport / FloRugby
  • Match 7: Ospreys (7) v Sale Sharks (10), Brewery Field, Bridgend (20.00)
    • S4C / FloRugby
  • Match 8: Edinburgh Rugby (8) v Aviron Bayonnais (9), Hive Stadium (20.00)
    • Viaplay-Premier Sports / beIN SPORTS / FloRugby

Sunday 7th April

  • Match 5: Montpellier Hérault Rugby (5) v Ulster Rugby (12), GGL Stadium (13.30)
    • beIN SPORTS / Viaplay-Premier Sports / FloRugby
  • Match 1: Hollywoodbets Sharks (1) v Zebre Parma (16), Hollywoodbets Kings Park (16.00)
    • SuperSport / epcrugby.tv / FloRugby
  • Match 6: Section Paloise (6) v Connacht Rugby (11), Stade du Hameau (18.30)
    • beIN SPORTS / Viaplay-Premier Sports / FloRugby

Quarter-finals – 12th/13th/14th April

  • QF 1: winner R16 1 v winner R16 8
  • QF 2: winner R16 2 v winner R16 7
  • QF 3: winner R16 3 v winner R16 6
  • QF 4: winner R16 4 v winner R16 5
    • NB The highest-ranked clubs from the pool stage will have home venue advantage.

Semi-finals – 3rd/4th/5th May

  • SF 1: winner QF 1 v winner QF 4
  • SF 2: winner QF 2 v winner QF 3
    • NB The highest-ranked clubs from the pool stage will have home venue advantage.

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1 Comment

  1. So if Edinburgh win they have to wait for Sharks match on the Sunday afternoon to know if they have to fly out to South Africa a couple of days later…having just returned ,presumably on the previous Monday from an away match against,yes you’ve guessed it,the Sharks in SA.
    Ridiculous! Player welfare anyone?

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