Fixtures - Top Bar

Dates and kick-off times for decisive European matches announced

ElliotDalyWaspsBath1516SB1005

The dates and kick-off times for the decisive Round 5 and 6 fixtures in the European Rugby Champions Cup and Challenge Cup have been announced by EPCR today (Wednesday, 23 December 2015).

With the five pool winners and three best runners-up set to book their places in the quarter-finals of both tournaments, the January matches are certain to generate even more than the customary high tension and drama associated with elite European club rugby.

Click here for the Round 5 and 6 European Rugby Champions Cup fixtures and TV schedule
Click here for the Round 5 and 6 European Rugby Challenge Cup fixtures

With four coveted home quarter-final berths also up for grabs in the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup, the exact make-up and ranking of the qualifiers for the knockout stages won't be decided until the final two Round 6 Champions Cup pool games on Sunday, 24 January 2016.

Before the new format was introduced in 2014/15, no pool runner-up had qualified for the last eight in Europe’s top flight on less than 19 points since bonus points were introduced in 2003/04, however, Wasps (18 points) and Saracens (17 points) both reached last season’s Champions Cup quarter-finals which means there is still plenty of incentive for clubs chasing points and qualification in the New Year.

In addition, the five rescheduled Champions Cup matches on 8/9/10 January 2016 could have a major bearing on the pool standings going into Rounds 5 and 6.

Of the many matches that stand out in Round 5, the clash of the Ospreys and ASM Clermont Auvergne in Pool 2, the meeting of unbeaten Saracens and Ulster Rugby in Pool 1, and the eagerly awaited Pool 5 rematch between RC Toulon and Wasps will guarantee big attendances at the Liberty Stadium, Allianz Park and Stade Felix Mayol respectively.

With the fixtures in the same Champions Cup pools kicking off at the same time in Round 6, and with all games televised live by either BT Sport, Sky Sports, beIN Sports, France Televisions or Sky Italia, the final weekend of the pool stage is certain to feature another dramatic series of matches as clubs battle it out for coveted places in the last eight.
 
In the Challenge Cup, the eye-catching games in Round 5 include London Irish against Pool 5 leaders Grenoble, Brive at home against Pool 1 table-toppers Connacht Rugby, and Harlequins v Cardiff Blues all on Sunday, 17 January 2016. Round 6 will get underway with a potential Pool 2 decider between Sale Sharks and Newport Gwent Dragons on Thursday, 21 January live on Sky Sports.

Latest News

Ally Hogg, Cooper Vuna, Aaron Morris, Lachlan Turner, Bryce Heem and Dan Robson head the Opta Rugby Rankings

Attacks dominated as Newcastle Falcons claimed a dramatic win over Harlequins this weekend in Premiership Rugby but Ally Hogg starred…

allyhogg16sb1111

Premiership Rugby backs Newcastle’s bid for 2018 European Rugby Cup Finals

Premiership Rugby today confirmed its “100% support” for Newcastle’s bid to become host city for European club rugby union's showpiece…

Newcastle Falcons celebrate

Newcastle launches bid for 2018 European Rugby Cup finals

Newcastle is bidding to become the host city for European club rugby union's showpiece weekend in May 2018. The aim…

Newcastle Falcons celebrate

Aviva Premiership Rugby wrap: Round 10

Maro Itoje could not mark his return to a Saracens jersey with a victory – but his director of rugby…

BATH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03:  Maro Itoje of  Saracens is tackled by Max Lahiff of Bath during the Aviva Premiership match between Bath Rugby and Saracens at the Recreation Ground on December 3, 2016 in Bath, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Pat Lam confirmed as Bristol Rugby head coach

Bristol Rugby is delighted to announce the appointment of Pat Lam as the Club’s new Head Coach. The 48 year-old…

Pat Lam

Newcastle Falcons v Saracens kick-off time change

Premiership Rugby can confirm that the kick-off time for the Aviva Premiership Rugby Round 17 Newcastle Falcons v Saracens fixture…

Aviva Premiership ball

Match Reaction: Worcester Warriors 12 Wasps 26

Wasps maintained the pressure on Aviva Premiership Rugby leaders Saracens with success over Worcester Warriors – a victory Dai Young…

Rob Miller deputised in sterling fashion (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

Match Reaction: Newcastle Falcons 38 Harlequins 32

Dean Richards’ Newcastle Falcons side are evolving according to the director of rugby, after he saw his side run in…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Match Report: Newcastle Falcons 38 Harlequins 32

Newcastle Falcons ran in six tries in a thriller of a game at Kingston Park with Juan Pablo Socino starring…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Match Report: Worcester Warriors 12 Wasps 26

Wasps moved to within one point of the Aviva Premiership Rugby summit but missed out on a bonus point in…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library