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European weekends confirmed for 2015/16

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European Professional Club Rugby has announced its key dates for 2015/16 and confirmed the details of the Champions Cup play-off matches for the next three seasons.As Rugby World Cup 2015 dominates the autumn, EPCR tournaments will get underway in mid-November, a fortnight after the World Cup Final.    The tournaments will then revert to their customary weekends during December and January, with the quarter-finals and semi-finals set for April 2016. Next season's Champions Cup and Challenge Cup finals will take place on the weekend of May 13/14.   Nineteen clubs will qualify on merit for the 2015/16 Champions Cup based on their finishing positions in the Aviva Premiership, Guinness PRO12 and Top 14, with the 20th place in the tournament going to the winners of the play-offs.   In order to avoid fixture congestion during May, the play-offs will have a shortened format and feature only one club from each of the Aviva Premiership, Top 14 and Guinness PRO12. To facilitate the Rugby World Cup, there will be no play-offs for the 2016/17 Champions Cup with the 20th place in the tournament going to the winner of the 2016 Challenge Cup if not already qualified.    For the 2017/18 Champions Cup, the play-off format will revert to four clubs with a second Guinness PRO12 club competing. For this season's play-offs, the three teams will be the seventh-ranked clubs in the Aviva Premiership and Top 14, and the highest-placed Guinness PRO12 club which has not already qualified for the Champions Cup.     If an Aviva Premiership club wins the 2015 Challenge Cup and is not already qualified for next season's Champions Cup, that club will take the place in the play-offs of the seventh-ranked club in the Aviva Premiership. The same principle will apply for future seasons to the Top 14 and to the Guinness PRO12, with the second of the PRO12 spots going to the winner of the Challenge Cup if applicable.       As only one Guinness PRO12 club will feature in this season's play-offs, the principle will not apply. Fixtures in the pool rounds of European tournaments are included in Leicester Tigers season tickets.    EPCR weekends 2015/16 Round 1: November 12/13/14/15 Round 2: November 19/20/21/22 Round 3: December 10/11/12/13 Round 4: December 17/18/19/20 Round 5: January 14/15/16/17 Round 6:  January 21/22/23/24 Quarter-finals: April 7/8/9/10 Semi-finals: April 22/23/24 Finals: May 13/14 Champions Cup play-offs Saturday, May 23 Match 1: Aviva Premiership (seventh-ranked club or Challenge Cup winner from the Aviva Premiership if not already qualified) v Guinness PRO12 (highest-ranked club not already qualified). Home advantage to be decided by toss of coin Saturday, May 30 Match 2: Winner of Match 1 v Top 14 (seventh-ranked club from the Top 14 if not already qualified). Winner of Match 1 will have home advantage