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Board discuss Cup venue

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The Leicester Tigers board of directors meet tomorrow to discuss the details of the Heineken Cup quarter-final against Stade Francais.

A magnificent victory over defending European champions Munster in Limerick last weekend was rewarded with a home draw against two-time finalists Stade in the last eight. The game is scheduled for the weekend of March 30/31 and April 1, though tournament organisers European Rugby Cup Limited have yet to confirm the order of the quarter-final kick-offs.

Chairman Peter Tom says the decision about whether to play the Heineken Cup quarter-final at Welford Road or elsewhere will not be based simply on finance.

"The decision will be based on both the playing side of matters as well as the financial side," Tom said.

He added: "The result against Munster was right up there with the Heineken Cup Final win in Paris in 2001. It was such a great team performance."
The draw for the semi-finals, which are scheduled for the weekend of April 21/22, was made at Twickenham yesterday. If Tigers beat Stade then they will face either Llanelli Scarlets or Munster in the last four, at a neutral ground in England. The final is at Twickenham on Sunday, May 20.