Euro play-off times revealed
NEWS: With 10 former tournament winners with as many as 29 European titles between them still in contention for this season’s coveted silverware in Marseille, EPCR has announced the exact dates and kick-off times of the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup quarterfinal matches.
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 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.
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 quarterfinals 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.
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.
HEINEKEN CHAMPIONS CUP – quarter-finals (Kick-offs local times)
Saturday, May 7
Munster Rugby v Stade Toulousain, Aviva Stadium (15.00)
Leicester Tigers v Leinster Rugby, Mattioli Woods Welford Road (17.30)
Stade Rochelais v Montpellier Hérault Rugby, Stade Marcel-Deflandre (18.30)
Sunday, May 8
Racing 92 v Sale Sharks, Paris La Défense Arena (16.00)
Semifinals – 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 – quarterfinals (Kick-offs local times)
Friday, May 6
Gloucester Rugby v Saracens, Kingsholm (20.00)
Saturday, May 7
Edinburgh Rugby v Wasps, DAM Health Stadium (12.30)
Lyon v Glasgow Warriors, Matmut Stadium de Gerland (21.00)
Sunday, May 8
RC Toulon v London Irish, Stade Félix Mayol (13.30)
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)