Champions Cup and Challenge Cup rescheduled dates announced

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Edinburgh will play their Challenge Cup quarter-final against Bordeaux Begles in September, it has been announced today (Thursday).

Tournament organisers EPCR postponed the knockout stages due to the COVID-19 pandemic but have now announced the rescheduled dates, with the finals of both the Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup set for October.

A statement issued by EPCR said: “Subject to government guidelines and with the health and welfare of players, club staff, match officials, supporters and the wider rugby community to the fore, it is now planned that the quarter-finals of both tournaments will be played on the weekend of 18/19/20 September with the semi-finals scheduled for the weekend of 25/26/27 September.

“Exact fixture dates, venues, kick-off times and TV coverage will be announced in the near future”

The European season will conclude with the Challenge Cup final on Friday, 16 October followed by the Heineken Champions Cup final on Saturday, 17 October.

it is still hoped goth games can be held in Marseille, however that is “under review in light of public gathering and international travel restrictions which might be in place at the time of the finals.”

New format for 2020/21 being looked at

New formats for next season’s Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup are being considered as a consequence of widespread fixture disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic

A 24-club Heineken Champions Cup with eight representatives from each of Europe’s leading league competitions is one of the options under discussion.

Any changes would apply to next season’s tournaments, which are scheduled to start on the weekend of 11/12/13 December, only on an exceptional basis. 

An official announcement regarding formats will be made once all discussions are concluded.

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