CONFIRMED: New dates for Euro play-offs
NEWS: European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) announced that new dates for the postponed knockout stage matches in the 2019/20 Champions Cup and Challenge Cup have been officially agreed at a meeting of its board.
Subject to government guidelines and with the health and welfare of players, club staff, match officials, supporters and the wider rugby community to the fore, it is now planned that the quarterfinals of both tournaments will be played on the weekend of September 18/19/20 with the semifinals scheduled for the weekend of September 25/26/27.
Exact fixture dates, venues, kick-off times and TV coverage will be announced in the near future.
The European season will conclude with the Challenge Cup final on Friday, October 16 followed by the Champions Cup final on Saturday, October 17. EPCR remains committed to staging the matches in Marseille. However, the situation is under review in light of public gathering and international travel restrictions which might be in place at the time of the finals.
🚨 QUARTER-FINAL UPDATE 🚨
EPCR can confirm that the #HeinekenChampionsCup knockouts will be held over the weekend of the 18th, 19th and 20th September 🙌
Who’s excited? 👀
— Heineken Champions Cup (@ChampionsCup) June 25, 2020
EPCR and the local organising committee in Marseille intend to clarify the position regarding the finals, including details of ticket refunds where applicable, as soon as possible.
New Champions Cup and Challenge Cup tournament formats for the 2020/21 season are also being considered as a consequence of widespread fixture disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
A 24-club Champions Cup with eight representatives from each of Europe’s leading league competitions is one of the options under discussion.
Any changes would apply to next season’s tournaments, which are scheduled to start on the weekend of December 11/12/13, only on an exceptional basis. An official announcement regarding formats will be made once all discussions are concluded.
New EPCR dates:
Quarterfinals: weekend of 18/19/20 September
Semifinals: weekend of 25/26/27 September
Challenge Cup final: Friday, 16 October
Champions Cup final: Saturday, 17 October
Start of 2020/21 season: weekend of 11/12/13 December