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Premiership Rugby clubs in live TV European action

Premiership Rugby clubs in live TV European action

It’s a massive weekend of European rugby quarter final action with nine Premiership Rugby clubs still in the mix for silverware and live on TV.

Saturday’s European Rugby Champions Cup games see an all Premiership Rugby double header.

Wasps v Exeter Chiefs are first up on BT Sport at 3.15pm.

Wasps have won six of their last seven knockout matches in the European Rugby Champions Cup including their last three against Aviva Premiership Rugby clubs.

Exeter Chiefs are making their Champions Cup quarter-final debut but have won one of two quarter-final appearances in the Challenge Cup in recent years.

The second game kicks off at 5.45pm when Saracens v Northampton Saints will be live on Sky Sports. This will be the first time the clubs have met in the Champions Cup.

Saracens have won four of their five quarter-final appearances in the Champions Cup, and are the only side to be undefeated in this season’s pool stages.

This will be Northampton Saints' eighth quarter-final appearance in the Champions Cup and their sixth away from home; they have progressed from one of their five away quarter finals.

Sunday sees Leicester Tigers at home to Stade Français Paris live on BT Sport at 1.45pm. 

This will be Leicester Tigers’ 11th top flight European game against Stade Français Paris. Leicester have won three of their last four matches against Stade in the Champions Cup and have won four of five home matches against the TOP 14 club.

Stade Français have made the knockout stages for the first time since 2009-10 and have not won a quarter-final match since 2004-05.

Sale Sharks are the first club in European Rugby Challenge Cup action when they host Montpellier on Friday. The game will be live on Sky Sports at 7.45pm.

Sale Sharks are undefeated in their last three matches against Montpellier in the Challenge Cup (W2, D1), their only loss to the TOP 14 club came in 1997. They have also won eight of their 11 knockout matches in the Challenge Cup, including three of four against French opposition.

This is the third appearance in the Challenge Cup knockout stage for Montpellier, however, they have yet to advance to a semi-final. Montpellier have won seven of their last eight matches against Aviva Premiership Rugby opposition in the Challenge Cup.

Saturday sees defending European Rugby Challenge Cup Champions, Gloucester Rugby at home to Newport Gwent Dragons live on Sky Sports at 12.45pm.

The Cherry and Whites are on a run of 15-matches unbeaten in the Challenge Cup after a perfect pool stage campaign. They are undefeated in their last five matches against Welsh regions in the Challenge Cup (W4, D1).

Newport Gwent Dragons have won only one of their last four away fixtures in the Challenge Cup and are yet to win a knockout match away from home (L2).

Familiar foes line up for the live game at 8.05pm as Harlequins face London Irish on BT Sport.

Harlequins have won 10 of their 14 previous knockout matches in the Challenge Cup. Harlequins scored the joint most tries in the pool stage (31 – level with Cardiff Blues) and have averaged 567 metres made during the pool stage, the most of any team.

London Irish have won three of their five quarter-finals.  London Irish made the most tackles in the pool stage, averaging 129 tackles per game. London Irish wing Alex Lewington is second in the metres made count in this campaign with 480 metres gained.

European Rugby Champions Cup

Saturday

3.15pm Wasps v Exeter Chiefs, BT Sport / beIN Sports
5.45pm Saracens v Northampton Saints, Sky Sports / beIN Sports

Sunday

1.45pm Leicester Tigers v Stade Français Paris, BT Sport / beIN Sports

European Rugby Challenge Cup

Friday

7.45pm Sale Sharks v Montpellier, Sky Sports / beIN Sports

Saturday

12.45pm Gloucester Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons, Sky Sports
8.05pm Harlequins v London Irish, BT Sport

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