Saracens discover date for Leinster trip
Saracens will face Leinster in the Champions Cup quarter-finals on Sunday 1 April as they chase a third straight title.
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 Champions Cup.
With the current Champions Cup Saracens still in the mix, the knockout stages are once again set to deliver a mouth-watering series of heavyweight clashes over the Easter weekend.
The last-eight matches in the Champions Cup get underway on Friday, 30 March with a confrontation between the in-form Scarlets, who have reached the quarter-finals for the first time since 2007, and competition debutants La Rochelle at Parc y Scarlets.
Next up on Saturday, 31 March, Thomond Park will be at fever pitch when Munster Rugby take on RC Toulon, and that showdown will be followed by an Easter Sunday double-bill featuring ASM Clermont Auvergne v Racing 92 at Stade Marcel-Michelin, and No 1-ranked Leinster Rugby against Saracens at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium.
CHAMPIONS CUP quarter-finals
(All kick-offs local time)
Friday 30 March
QF 2: Scarlets v La Rochelle, Parc y Scarlets (17.30) BT Sport / beIN SPORTS
Saturday 31 March
QF 3: Munster Rugby v RC Toulon, Thomond Park (15.15) Sky Sports / FR 2 / beIN SPORTS
Sunday 1 April
QF 4: ASM Clermont Auvergne v Racing 92, Stade Marcel-Michelin (14.00) beIN SPORTS / Sky Sports
QF 1: Leinster Rugby v Saracens, Aviva Stadium (15.30) BT Sport / beIN SPORTS
Semi-final 1 – winner of QF 1: Leinster Rugby v Saracens will play the winner of QF 2: Scarlets v La Rochelle
Semi-final 2 – winner of QF 3: Munster Rugby v RC Toulon will play the winner of QF 4: ASM Clermont Auvergne v Racing 92
(Matches to be played on 21/22 April)
Champions Cup final: Saturday 12 May; San Mamés Stadium, Bilbao (17.45)