Heineken Cup the last hurrah

11/03/2021


– draw and dates for April and May, by Frank Quinn

Even though the pool stages have been shortened and the remaining teams qualified on last season’s results the majority of the teams left in the competitions are in strong positions in their individual leagues/tournaments in 2021
The two remaining Irish Clubs in the Heineken Cup start with home draws and when progressing – go to an away QF. In the last eight there will not be any easy games – all of the teams need to perform to progress

In addition Munster and Leinster have qualified for the Guinness PRO14 FINAL together with the two remaining 6n games in March

The holders, Exeter Chiefs, will play against Lyon in the Round of 16 following the draws for the knockout stage of the 2020/21 Heineken Champions Cup.

Exeter were drawn at home and will take on the TOP 14 club at Sandy Park while reigning Guinness PRO14 champions, Leinster Rugby, will also be at home against French opposition in RC Toulon in the Round of 16 which is scheduled for the weekend of 2/3/4 April.

In what looks certain to be one of the crunch ties of the round, Munster Rugby will host Toulouse at Thomond Park and Wasps will be at home against ASM Clermont Auvergne in another mouthwatering clash.

The draw for the quarter-final matches was also made and the winners of the Exeter v Lyon tie will be at home against Leinster or RC Toulon, and either Wasps or Clermont will be at home against Munster or Toulouse.

The exact dates of the Heineken Champions Cup Round of 16 fixtures including venues, kick-off times and TV coverage, will be announced as soon as possible following consultation with the clubs and EPCR’s partner broadcasters.

ROUND OF 16

(Weekend of 2/3/4 April – first-named clubs at home)

Munster Rugby (PRO14 finalists) v Toulouse (No 1. In top 14)
Gloucester Rugby v La Rochelle (no 3 in Top 14)
Wasps v ASM Clermont Auvergne (No 4 in TOP 14)
Exeter Chiefs (No 2 in Premiership) v Lyon
Leinster Rugby (PRO 14 finalist) v RC Toulon
Bordeaux-Bègles v Bristol Bears (No 1 in Premiership)
Racing 92 (No 2 in Top 14) v Edinburgh Rugby
Scarlets v Sale Sharks (No 4 in Premiership)

QUARTER-FINALS

(Weekend of 9/10/11 April – first-named winners at home)

QF1 Winner Exeter Chiefs/Lyon v Winner Leinster/RC Toulon
QF2 Winner Wasps/Clermont v Winner Munster/Toulouse
QF3 Winner Gloucester/La Rochelle v Winner Scarlets/Sale Sharks
QF4 Winner Bordeaux-Bègles/Bristol Bears v Winner Racing 92/Edinburgh

KEY DATES

Round of 16: 2/3/4 April
Quarter-finals: 9/10/11 April
Semi-finals: 30 April – 1/2 May
Challenge Cup final: Marseille - Friday, 21 May
Heineken Champions Cup final: Marseille - Saturday, 22 May