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Aviva Premiership Rugby clubs in European TV action

Aviva Premiership Rugby clubs in European TV action

The European Rugby Champions Cup and the European Rugby Challenge Cup is back for Round 3 and there’s a packed schedule on live TV for the start of the back-to-back fixtures. (Please see full TV listings below. Please note that these listings are GMT).

In the European Rugby Champions Cup, Bath Rugby travel to Montpellier tonight to try and salvage their European fortunes with kick-off on BT Sport 1 at 7.45pm.

The two clubs have met four times before in Europe, twice in the Challenge Cup and twice in the Heineken Cup. In their two Heineken Cup meetings, both games were won by the home side by three points or less.

If George Ford scores 10 or more points in this fixture he will go through the 100-point mark for Bath in European competition as well as jumping up to fourth on the list of the club's all-time top point scorers in Europe.

Saturday will see an all Aviva Premiership Rugby clash as Sale Sharks host Saracens with kick-off at 1pm on Sky Sports 2.

This will be the first meeting between Sale Sharks and Saracens in European competition. Sale Sharks Magnus Lund is the top tackler (37) in the Champions Cup so far this season, while Saracens Jamie George made the joint most tackles (19) in Round 2.

Benetton Treviso v Northampton Saints also kicks off at 1pm on Sky Sports 2 – Red Button.

Benetton Treviso and Northampton Saints have met twice in Europe during the 2009-10 season with Northampton Saints coming out on top on both occasions.

George North is top try-scorer with four in the tournament so far. He has also made a joint tournament-high five clean breaks this season, with four of those breaks coming against Ospreys in the last round.

On Sunday the European Rugby Champions Cup action sees a trio of TV action with Wasps travelling to Castres Olympique with kick-off at 1pm on Sky Sports 2.

The two clubs have met on four occasions in Europe's top flight. Castres Olympique won the last meeting, however, Wasps were victorious in the previous three.

Three of the four games have seen a winning margin of less than seven points. Joe Launchbury has made 33 tackles in the Champions Cup this season with only Magnus Lund making more than the Wasps second row. Alapati Leiua has the highest average gain per carry of any player (13.1m) in the Champions Cup this season.

Harlequins v Leinster are second up on Sunday with kick-off at 3.15pm on BT Sport 1. There has been just one meeting between Harlequins and Leinster in Europe's top tier when Leinster emerged victorious in the quarter-final in April 2009 on their way to winning the tournament for the first time.

Sunday's triple header of live TV European action finishes with Leicester Tigers v RC Toulon at 5.30pm on BT Sport 2. If Toulon beat Leicester it will be their 10th win in a row in the competition. Only four other clubs – including Tigers with 11 – have managed 10 or more wins on the bounce. (Leinster: 10, Munster: 13 and Toulouse: 11.) In the one previous meeting between the clubs, Toulon ran out 21-15 winners in the 2013 quarter-final on their way to winning the trophy for the first time.

Tigers Graham Kitchener has won more lineouts than any other player so far in the tournament with 17.

In European Rugby Challenge Cup live TV news, London Irish travel to Wales to take on Cardiff Blues at 3.15pm on Saturday with the game being shown live on BT Sport 1.

London Irish are the top point (95) and top try (14) scorers in this competition this season.  In their run of nine wins from their last 10 Challenge Cup games, they have been averaging 43 points per game.

Live coverage of the Gloucester Rugby v Zebre game on Sky Sports 2 rounds off Round 3's live TV action on Sunday with kick-off at 3.15pm.

Gloucester Rugby have never met Zebre in the Challenge Cup but are yet to concede a try in this season's tournament and Charlie Sharples is the lead try scorer so far with three tries.

Live on TV

Kick-off times are GMT

European Rugby Champions Cup

Friday 5 December 7.45pm: Montpellier v Bath Rugby – BT Sport 1 / beIN
            
Saturday 6 December 1pm: Sale Sharks v Saracens – Sky Sports 2 / beIN
Saturday 6 December 1pm: Benetton Treviso v Northampton Saints – Sky Sports 2 Red Button / beIN
            
Sunday 7 December 1pm: Castres Olympique v Wasps – Sky Sports 2 / beIN
Sunday 7 December 3.15pm: Harlequins v Leinster Rugby – BT Sport 1 / beIN
Sunday 7 December 5.30pm: Leicester Tigers v RC Toulon – BT Sport 2 / beIN

European Rugby Challenge Cup

Saturday 6 December 3.15pm: Cardiff Blues v London Irish – BT Sport 1
            
Sunday 7 December 3.15pm: Gloucester Rugby v Zebre – Sky Sports 2

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