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Champions Cup Quarter-Finals Are Postponed

Champions Cup Quarter-Finals Are Postponed

Leinster's home quarter-final clash with Saracens and Ulster's trip to Toulouse will not take place on the scheduled dates in early April ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

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 April 3/4/5.

Amid growing public health concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the decision was taken during a conference call today to postpone the eight games on the weekend in question – including Leinster v Saracens and Toulouse v Ulster – 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/province staff, and an update regarding the knockout stages of the tournaments will be communicated to all stakeholders as soon as practicable.