Newcastle Falcons and Gloucester Rugby will bid for a European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final spot on Easter weekend.
The road to the Bilbao finals and possible glory next May is now mapped out for Europe’s elite clubs following today’s (Thursday, 25 January) announcement of the dates, venues, kick-off times and TV coverage of the Challenge Cup quarter-finals.
With the current Challenge Cup holders Stade Francais Paris still in the mix, the knockout stages are once again set to deliver a mouth-watering series of heavyweight clashes over the Easter weekend.
There are two Challenge Cup ties on Friday, 30 March with this season’s top seeds and winners from 2000, Pau, meeting Stade Francais Paris at Stade du Hameau, while Newcastle Falcons will host Brive at Kingston Park.
Connacht Rugby and last season’s defeated finalists, Gloucester Rugby, clash at The Sportsground on Saturday, 31 March, and later the same day at BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh Rugby will go head-to-head with the Cardiff Blues.
All eight quarter-finals will be broadcast live with the coverage shared by BT Sport, Sky Sports, beIN SPORTS and France Télévisions.
CHALLENGE CUP quarter-finals
(All kick-offs local time)
Friday 30 March
QF 1: Pau v Stade Francais Paris, Stade du Hameau (21.00) FR 4 / beIN SPORTS / BT Sport
QF 4: Newcastle Falcons v Brive, Kingston Park (20.00) Sky Sports / beIN SPORTS
Saturday 31 March
QF 3: Connacht Rugby v Gloucester Rugby, The Sportsground (13.00) BT Sport / beIN SPORTS
QF 2: Edinburgh Rugby v Cardiff Blues, BT Murrayfield (17.45) Sky Sports / beIN SPORTS
Semi-final 1 – winner of QF 1: Pau v Stade Francais Paris will play the winner of QF 2: Edinburgh Rugby v Cardiff Blues
Semi-final 2 – winner of QF 3: Connacht Rugby v Gloucester Rugby will play the winner of QF 4: Newcastle Falcons v Brive
(Matches to be played on 21/22 April)
Challenge Cup final: Friday 11 May; San Mamés Stadium, Bilbao (21.00)