EPCR Champions Cup and Challenge Cup quarter finals postponed

Gallagher Premiership

The Board of European Professional Club Rugby has decided that this season’s Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup quarter-final matches will not now be played on the scheduled dates of 3/4/5 April.

Champions Cup postponed along with European Challenge Cup

Amid growing public health concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the decision was taken during a conference call on Monday, 16 March to postpone the eight matches on the weekend in question and to suspend the European club rugby season.

While respecting all further directives by governments and local authorities, EPCR, in conjunction with the relevant leagues and unions, remains committed to trying to find a solution which will enable it to complete the 2019/20 Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup tournaments at such a time as that aligns with preventative measures undertaken by an overwhelming majority of sport’s governing bodies and tournament organisers in Europe.

EPCR’s priority is the health and welfare of players and club staff, and an update regarding the knockout stages of the tournaments will be communicated to all stakeholders as soon as practicable.

Champions Cup quarter finals

  • Clermont Auvergne vs Racing 92
  • Exeter Chiefs vs Northampton Saints
  • Leinster vs Saracens
  • Toulouse vs Ulster

Challenge Cup final eight

  • Toulon vs Scarlets
  • Leicester Tigers vs Castres
  • Bordeaux-Begles vs Edinburgh
  • Bristol Bears vs Dragons


“Main photo credit”

Challenge Cup
CARDIFF, WALES – NOVEMBER 06: Craig Doyle (BT Sport) interviwing Johnny Sextont during the European Rugby Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup 2019/2020 season launch for Gallagher Premiership and Pro14 clubs on November 6, 2019 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Huw Fairclough/Getty Images)

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