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Clubs have European semi-finals confirmed

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Ahead of this weekend’s European quarter-finals, tournament organisers EPCR have announced kick-off dates and times for the semi-finals.

Leicester Tigers host Castres Olympique in the last eight of the European Challenge Cup at Welford Road this Sunday, with the winners then due to face RC Toulon or the Scarlets.

That semi-final, in any potential combination, will be played on Saturday, September 26 (8.00pm).

Tigers will be at home if they beat Castres this week AND if Scarlets also win in Toulon.

If Toulon win that quarter-final, Tigers will travel to France in the next stage.

The highest-ranked clubs from the pool stage have home venue advantage as per the traditional Challenge Cup format.

Games are currently being played being closed doors.

Final venues are yet to be confirmed.

EUROPEAN CHALLENGE CUP SEMI-FINALS

Friday, September 25
SF2:
 Bristol Bears / Dragons / Bordeaux-Bègles / Edinburgh Rugby (7.45pm UK, BT Sport/beIN SPORTS)

Saturday, September 26
SF1:
 RC Toulon / Scarlets / Leicester Tigers / Castres Olympique (8.00pm UK / 9.00pm French time, BT Sport/S4C/FR 4/beIN SPORTS)

Semi-final 1

  • If RC Toulon (ranked 1) and Leicester Tigers (ranked 4) win quarter-finals, Toulon will have home venue advantage
  • If RC Toulon (ranked 1) and Castres Olympique (ranked 5) win quarter-finals, Toulon will have home venue advantage
  • If Leicester Tigers (ranked 4) and Scarlets (ranked 8) win quarter-finals, Leicester will have home venue advantage
  • If Castres Olympique (ranked 5) and Scarlets (ranked 8) win quarter-finals, Castres will have home venue advantage

Semi-final 2

  • If Bristol Bears (ranked 2) and Bordeaux-Bègles (ranked 3) win quarter-finals, Bristol will have home venue advantage
  • If Bristol Bears (ranked 2) and Edinburgh Rugby (ranked 6) win quarter-finals, Bristol will have home venue advantage
  • If Bordeaux-Bègles (ranked 3) and Dragons (ranked 7) win quarter-finals, Bordeaux-Bègles will have home venue advantage
  • If Edinburgh Rugby (ranked 6) and Dragons (ranked 7) win their quarter-finals, Edinburgh will have home venue advantage

HEINEKEN CHAMPIONS CUP SEMI-FINALS

SF1: Leinster Rugby / Saracens / ASM Clermont Auvergne / Racing 92 (1.00pm UK-Irish time, 2.00pm French time, BT Sport / Channel 4 / Virgin Media / beIN SPORTS/FR 2)
SF2: Exeter Chiefs / Northampton Saints / Toulouse / Ulster Rugby (3.30pm UK-Irish time, 4.30pm French time, BT Sport / FR 2 / beIN SPORTS