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European Rugby Champions Cup Draw

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There is an Aviva Premiership Rugby feel to the European Rugby Champions Cup quarter-finals, with five representatives still in the hunt for the trophy.

There is an Aviva Premiership Rugby feel to the European Rugby Champions Cup quarter-finals, with five representatives still in the hunt for the trophy.
 
Saracens, Leicester Tigers and Wasps were already safely through before a manic afternoon of action kicked off on Sunday.
 
Defeat for Leicester at the hands of Stade Francais put Northampton Saints’ chances in doubt, but a hectic finish to Pool 2 saw them and Exeter Chiefs sneak through.
 
The Chiefs defeated Ospreys, while Bordeaux-Begles beat Clermont Auvergne, allowing both Exeter and the Saints to progress at the expense of last-year’s finalists.
 
The qualifiers for the 2015/16 European Rugby Champions Cup quarter-finals and their rankings at the conclusion of the pool stage are as follows:
 
1 Saracens (winner Pool 1 – 28 points)
2 Leicester Tigers (winner Pool 4 – 23 points)
3 Racing 92 (winner Pool 3 – 22 points)
4 Wasps (winner Pool 5 – 20 points)
5 Exeter Chiefs (winner Pool 2 – 16 points)
6 RC Toulon (best pool runner-up – 20 points)
7 Stade Francais Paris (second best pool runner-up – 19 points)
8 Northampton Saints (third best pool runner-up – 19 points)
 
The quarter-final matches to be played on 8/9/10 April are as follows:
 
QF1: (1) Saracens  v Northampton Saints (8)
QF2: (4) Wasps v Exeter Chiefs  (5)
QF3: (3) Racing 92 v RC Toulon (6)
QF4: (2) Leicester Tigers v Stade Francais Paris (7)
 
The exact dates, kick-off times and venues for the matches will be announced later this week.

And the European Rugby Champions Cup quarter-final line-up, the 2015/16 semi-final pairings will be as follows:

The winner of QF1: Saracens v Northampton Saints will play the winner of QF2: Wasps v Exeter Chiefs in Semi-final 1

The winner of QF3: Racing 92 v RC Toulon will play the winner of QF4: Leicester Tigers v Stade Francais Paris in Semi-final 2

The new format for the semi-final matches in the Champions Cup recognises performances by clubs during the pool stage as well as the achievement of winning a quarter-final match away from home.

The semi-final matches will be played at venues designated by EPCR, and the following clubs will have home country advantage in their respective matches:

SEMI-FINAL 1
If Saracens (ranked No 1) and Wasps (ranked No 4) win their quarter-finals, Saracens will have home country advantage

If Saracens (ranked No 1) and Exeter Chiefs (ranked No 5) win their quarter-finals, Exeter Chiefs will have home country advantage

If Northampton Saints (ranked No 8) and Wasps (ranked No 4) win their quarter-finals, Northampton Saints will have home country advantage

If Northampton Saints (ranked No 8) and Exeter Chiefs (ranked No 5) win their quarter-finals, Exeter Chiefs will have home country advantage

SEMI-FINAL 2
If Racing 92 (ranked No 3) and Leicester Tigers (ranked No 2) win their quarter-finals, Leicester Tigers will have home country advantage

If Racing 92 (ranked No 3) and Stade Francais Paris (ranked No 7) win their quarter-finals, Stade Francais Paris will have home country advantage

If RC Toulon (ranked No 6) and Leicester Tigers (ranked No 2) win their quarter-finals, RC Toulon will have home country advantage

If RC Toulon (ranked No 6) and Stade Francais Paris (ranked No 7) win their quarter-finals, RC Toulon will have home country advantage
 
Quarter-finals: 8/9/10 April
Semi-finals: 22/23/24 April
2016 Champions Cup final: Saturday, 14 May; Grand Stade de Lyon (17.45)
 

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