Fixtures - Top Bar

European quarter-finals dates, venues, kick-off times and TV coverage

NathanHughesWaspBath1005SB1516

As the RBS 6 Nations takes centre stage in the coming weeks, fans of the elite European club game will be able to look forward to even more world-class action in April when the European Rugby Champions Cup and Challenge Cup quarter-finals get underway.

The knockout stages of the tournaments mark the beginning of the end of the journey to the 2016 finals in May when the two showcase matches will be staged at the state-of-the-art 59,000-capacity Grand Stade de Lyon.

The Champions Cup quarter-finals kick off on Saturday, 9 April with Wasps, the last Aviva Premiership club to win the coveted title in 2007, taking on the Exeter Chiefs at the Ricoh Arena.

That clash of the two-time champions against the first-timers in the knockout stage will be followed by the meeting of No 1 seeds Saracens, who have reached the last eight for the fifth season in a row, and Northampton Saints at Allianz Park.

On Sunday, 10 April, Leicester Tigers host Stade Francais Paris at Welford Road in what promises to be another classic Anglo-French contest. Tigers have booked their ticket to the quarter-finals for the 13th time – two behind the record held jointly by Toulouse and Munster Rugby – while Stade are appearing in the last eight for the first time since 2010.

The road to Lyon will be clearer when Racing 92 and reigning champions, RC Toulon, meet at Stade Yves-du-Manoir in an all-French confrontation which could see recent World Cup winners, Dan Carter and Ma'a Nonu going head-to-head.

A major weekend of knockout rugby will commence with the first of the Challenge Cup quarter-finals between Sale Sharks and Montpellier at the AJ Bell Stadium on Friday, 8 April, with holders Gloucester Rugby, who are on a record run of 15 victories in the tournament, up against the Newport Gwent Dragons at Kingsholm the following day.

All eight quarter-finals will be broadcast live with the coverage shared by BT Sport, Sky Sports, beIN Sports and France Télévisions.

European Rugby Champions Cup quarter-finals
(All kick-offs local time)

Saturday 9 April
QF2: Wasps v Exeter Chiefs, Ricoh Arena (15.15) BT Sport / beIN Sports
QF1: Saracens v Northampton Saints, Allianz Park (17.45) Sky Sports / beIN Sports

Sunday 10 April
QF4: Leicester Tigers v Stade Francais Paris, Welford Road (13.45) BT Sport / beIN Sports
QF3: Racing 92 v RC Toulon, Stade Yves-du-Manoir (17.15) FR 2 / Sky Sports / beIN Sports

Semi-final 1: Saracens or Northampton Saints v Wasps or Exeter Chiefs
Semi-final 2: Racing 92 or RC Toulon v Leicester Tigers or Stade Francais Paris
(Matches to be played on 23/24 April)

Champions Cup final: Saturday, 14 May; Grand Stade de Lyon (17.45)
 
European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-finals
(All kick-offs local time)

Friday 8 April
QF3: Sale Sharks v Montpellier, AJ Bell Stadium (19.45) Sky Sports / beIN Sports

Saturday 9 April
QF4: Gloucester Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons, Kingsholm (12.45) Sky Sports
QF1: Harlequins v London Irish, Twickenham Stoop (20.05) BT Sport
QF2: Grenoble v Connacht Rugby, Stade des Alpes (21.05) FR 4 / BT Sport / beIN Sports

Semi-final 1: Harlequins or London Irish v Grenoble or Connacht Rugby
Semi-final 2: Sale Sharks or Montpellier v Gloucester Rugby or Newport Gwent Dragons
(Matches to be played on 22/23/24 April)

Challenge Cup final: Friday, 13 May; Grand Stade de Lyon (21.00)

Latest News

Denny Solomona stars in remarklable Aviva Premiership Rugby weekend

The weekend’s remarkable action saw a number of Aviva Premiership Rugby records tumble, with Sale Sharks wing Denny Solomona leading…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

RFU Disciplinary: Steve Diamond

Steve Diamond of Sale Sharks will appear before an RFU Disciplinary panel charged with conduct prejudicial to the interests of…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Exeter Chiefs’ Thomas Waldrom eyeing trophy charge

Exeter Chiefs No. 8 Thomas Waldrom insists his sights are firmly set on bringing silverware back to Sandy Park this…

Exeter Chiefs' Thomas Waldrom believes his side are well placed to target silverware this season

Aviva Premiership Rugby Weekend Round-up

Steve Diamond heaped praise on his home-grown Sale Sharks squad after they ran in four tries to claim a bonus-point…

Sam James, 22, was starting his 13th Aviva Premiership Rugby game of the season.

Bath Rugby set to bring the entertainment on and off the pitch at Twickenham Stadium for ‘The Clash’

Bath Rugby have announced that The Clash, one of the biggest domestic sporting events of 2017, will see an incredible…

Bath Rugby with the Wurzels

Match Reaction: Sale Sharks 34 Wasps 28

Sale Sharks director of rugby Steve Diamond heaped praise on history-maker Denny Solomona as his hat-trick laid the foundations for…

(Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Match Report: Newcastle Falcons 46 Northampton Saints 31

Sonatane Takulua scored a hat-trick as Newcastle Falcons staged a roaring second-half comeback to defeat Northampton Saints in a pulsating Aviva…

Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Match Report: Sale Sharks 34 Wasps 28

Denny Solomona delivered one of the best individual displays ever seen at the AJ Bell Stadium as his hat-trick helped…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Under 18s Academy Finals Day – Reaction: Reffell delight at Saracens progress

Sean Reffell is confident Saracens Academy U18s have improved beyond recognition despite being beaten 36-26 by Worcester Warriors at the…

700001073_tm_7171_d6698f691e8f9dc1b10b6f49ee601ffe.jpg

Under 18s Academy Finals Day – Reaction: Rigby and Warriors gave everything

Young prop Nick Rigby admitted he could not have asked for anything more after finishing the Premiership Rugby U18 Academy…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Match Reaction: Leicester Tigers 50 Bristol Rugby 17

Aaron Mauger has backed his Leicester Tigers side to make the top four and qualify for the Aviva Premiership Rugby…

Telusa Veainu scored a brilliant first-half try on his return to Leicester Tigers colours

Match Reaction: Bath Rugby 22 Harlequins 12

Bath Rugby director of rugby Todd Blackadder admits his side were not at their best but was still delighted to…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Match Reaction: Worcester Warriors 32 Exeter Chiefs 48

Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter praised the lightning speed of hat-trick hero James Short as his side ran in…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library