Once all the Six Nations hype is over we will be graced with more top quality rugby as the Heineken Champions Cup Quarter-Final stages commence.
There will be three of the quarter-finals played on Saturday 30th of March. The first fixture sees Richard Cockerill’s Edinburgh host Munster at BT Murrayfield Stadium. This game will be officiated by France’s Pascal Gauzère.
The next scheduled game on the same day will be contested by top ranked team Saracens and Glasgow Warriors who will meet for the 3rd time in the competition this year. The experienced Nigel Owens will be the man in charge of this encounter at Allianz Park. The final fixture of the day will be an all Irish affair as defending champions Leinster play Ulster at the Aviva Stadium refereed by France’s Romain Poite. These team’s contested the 2012 final when Leinster won their third European Crown.
Englishman Luke Pearce will take charge of the battle between French Giants Racing 92 and Toulouse on Sunday 31st March at Paris La Défense Arena. Jérome Garcès of France and Wayne Barnes of England have been announced as the officials for the semi-final stage in April also.
These games are expected to take place on the weekend of the 20/21 of April. The winner of Saracens and Glasgow will play Munster and Edinburgh and the winners of Racing 92 and Toulouse will play either Leinster or Ulster in what is guaranteed to be a France Vs Ireland battle. The quality rugby is non-stop for the closing months of the season!
Written By Ciaron Noble