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The fixture details for the Champions Cup quarter final have been revealed by the EPCR. Leinster and Ulster will play their quarter-finals in the middle of September according to the Irish Times.
Leinster will play Saracens, while Dan McFarlands Ulster side will take on Toulouse in the Champions Cup quarter-finals. These games are to take place on the weekend of September 18th-20th. The Irish Times state that the semi-finals will take place a week later, while the Champions Cup final is scheduled for Saturday October 17th. In terms of the Challenge Cup these games will be played on the weekend of September 18th. The semi-finals will be played a week later. The EPCR said in a statement on their website they hope to host both finals in France, “EPCR and the local organising committee in Marseille intend to clarify the position regarding the finals, including details of ticket refunds where applicable, as soon as possible”. They also went on to say that the venue is “under review” in light of public gatherings and travel restrictions.
Potential changes are likely for the 2021 season with EPCR stating “A 24-club Heineken Champions Cup with eight representatives from each of Europe’s leading league competitions is one of the options under discussion.” These changes would occur for next season which at present is due to begin on 11/12/13th of December 2020. However they said on the EPCR website “An official statement will be made regarding formats once discussions are concluded”.
Schedule of Games
Quarter-finals: weekend of 18/19/20 September
Semi-finals: weekend of 25/26/27 September
Challenge Cup final: Friday, 16 October
Heineken Champions Cup final: Saturday, 17 October
Start of 2020/21 season: weekend of 11/12/13 December