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Premiership Rugby clubs in European TV action

It’s a bumper Easter weekend of action with eight Premiership Rugby clubs involved in the European knockout stages.

In the European Rugby Champions Cup, Bath Rugby are first up as they head to Ireland to player Leinster.  The game will be live on BT Sport 1 at 3.15pm.

Bath are playing in their sixth European quarter-final but their first in six years. They have won two of the previous five. Leinster have won six of the 10 quarter finals they have contested in Europe, including four of the last five.

Later on Saturday, Northampton Saints travel to ASM Clermont Auvergne and will be live on Sky Sports 2 at 5.45pm.

Northampton Saints have scored more tries than any other team in the tournament (25) and Saints Calum Clark has made the most tackles in the Champions Cup this year (78/82). ASM Clermont Auvergne have won their last three quarter finals in the competition and have also never lost a home quarter final in the competition.

Sunday will see Saracens travelling to France to play Racing Metro 92 live on BT Sport 2 at 12.45pm.

Saracens have won three of four previous quarter-finals, including one away win. Racing are making their first appearance in the knock-out stages of the competition.

The last European Rugby Champions Cup game features Wasps away to current European champions, RC Toulon.  The game will be live on Sky Sports 2 at 3.15pm.

Toulon have won all 14 of their home European games, with all but two of those victories coming by margins that have reached double figures. Wasps have also won their last six knockout games in the tournament and they went on to win the trophy on the last two occasions in which they have reached the quarter finals.

Four Premiership Rugby clubs are involved in European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter finals from Friday when Gloucester Rugby host Connacht Rugby at 7.45pm on Sky Sports 2.

Gloucester have conceded fewer points and tries than any other team in the pool stage of this year's European Rugby Challenge Cup. Matt Kvesic won a competition high 10 turnovers in the pool stages. Connacht have lost to the Cherry and Whites on both previous meetings.

Then on Saturday it’s an all Premiership Rugby clash when Exeter Chiefs v Newcastle Falcons kicks off on Sky Sports 3 at 8pm.

Exeter Chiefs have won their last eight home games in the Challenge Cup and had the best discipline in the competition in the pool stages, conceding an average of just 8.3 penalties/free-kicks per game. This is the 12th time Newcastle Falcons have reached the quarter-final stage of a European competition and they have made more successful tackles per game (128.8) than any other side in the pool stages.

London Irish are last into the knock-out fray when they host Edinburgh Rugby on Sunday at 5.45pm live on BT Sport 2.

London Irish have won 19 of their last 21 home games in this competition, and have registered some impressive statistics this season. Andrew Fenby beat 28 defenders in the pool stage, at least seven more than any other player from any team and Myles Dorrian slotted 10/10 goal kicks in the pool stage, the only player to manage 10+ shots at the sticks without missing. Having previously lost seven in a row in England, Edinburgh have now won three of their last four away games against English opposition in European action (Champions & Challenge Cups).

Kick-off times are GMT

European Rugby Champions Cup

Saturday

3.15pm, Leinster Rugby v Bath Rugby – BT Sport 1 / beIN Sports
5.45pm, ASM Clermont Auvergne v Northampton Saints – Sky Sports 2 / beIn Sports

Sunday

12.45pm, Racing Metro 92 v Saracens – BT Sport 2 / beIN Sports
3.15pm, RC Toulon v Wasps – Sky Sports 2 / beIN Sports / FR2

European Rugby Challenge Cup

Friday

7.45pm, Gloucester Rugby v Connacht Rugby – Sky Sports 2 / beIn Sports

Saturday

8pm, Exeter Chiefs v Newcastle Falcons – Sky Sports 3 / beIN Sports

Sunday

5.45pm, London Irish v Edinburgh Rugby – BT Sport 2 / beINSports / FR4
 

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