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TV listings for Aviva Premiership Rugby sides in European action

After their exertions in Aviva Premiership Rugby Round 20 last weekend, three sides from the league will concentrate on their European ambitions as the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup reach the semi-final stage.

The Aviva Premiership has three representatives across the four matches and they are joined by three French sides and two Irish.

European and domestic champions Saracens left it late to beat Northampton Saints at stadium:mk on Sunday and have just six days to recover before they take on Munster in Dublin.

After Saracens’ 27-25 victory over Saints, their spirits will be high ahead of what is set to be a tough test against the two-time winners Munster who are second in the Pro12.

Saracens defeated Glasgow Warriors in the quarter-finals while Munster overcame French giants Toulouse to set-up the mouth-watering clash at the Aviva Stadium.

The titanic clash will be live on BT Sport, beIN Sports and Sky Italia with kick-off at 3.15pm on Saturday 22 April.

On Saturday evening, Gloucester Rugby are the first of the West Country sides to attempt to down a French side on their own soil as the Cherry and Whites take on Top 14 league-leaders La Rochelle.

Gloucester came through a pulsating semi-final against Cardiff Blues before picking up momentum in the Aviva Premiership, beating Sale Sharks 39-30 on Saturday.

And their quest to reclaim the title they won in 2015 can be seen live on BT Sport, FR4 and beIN Sports at 8.00pm on Saturday 22 April.

Bath Rugby will be the last of the Aviva Premiership Rugby sides to kick-off in the European semi-finals when they take on Stade Francais on Sunday.

Stade have twice been denied in the final of the competition, most recently in 2013 at the hands of Leinster while Bath have been runners-up three times but did lift the trophy in 2008.

Bath will be buoyed by their stunning performance in their quarter-final win over Top 14 outfit Brive but will hope to improve on their Round 20 display which saw them beaten 25-19 by Worcester Warriors.

Bath’s European challenge at the Stade Jean Bouin can be seen live on Sunday 23 April on Sky Sports and beIN Sports, with kick-off at 12.30pm.

 

CHAMPIONS CUP SEMI-FINALS
(Kick-offs UK & Ireland time)

Saturday, 22 April – Munster Rugby v Saracens
Aviva Stadium (Dublin) 3.15pm
Referee: Romain Poite (France)
BT Sport / beIN Sports / Sky Italia

CHALLENGE CUP SEMI-FINALS
(Kick-offs UK & Ireland time)

Saturday, 22 April – La Rochelle v Gloucester Rugby
Stade Marcel Deflandre 8.00pm
Referee: Andrew Brace (Ireland)
FR4 / BT Sport / beIN Sports

Sunday, 23 April – Stade Francais Paris v Bath Rugby
Stade Jean Bouin 12.30pm
Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)
beIN Sports / Sky Sports

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