Champions Cup quarter-final TV schedule confirmed

We look ahead to the last eight of Europe’s premier cup competition

So there was an English team, two Scottish teams and three Irish teams…

Nope, it’s not the start of a joke, because at least as far as the English Premiership sides are concerned, there is not a huge amount to smile about when it comes to this year’s Champions Cup competition.

Saracens, who qualified in some style, are the only team from England to have made it to the last eight of Europe’s premier cup competition.”

They are joined by two sides from Scotland – for the first time ever – three from Ireland, and another couple from France.

But who will make it through to the last four and then the final itself at St James’ Park, Newcastle on May 11?

The tournament takes a break now until after the Six Nations and a lot can happen between now and the end of March. However, with the fixtures lined-up, we run our eye over what’s in store for you and your venue later this spring.

Edinburgh v Munster

Edinburgh’s return to form on the European stage was been one of the standout stories of the pool stages. Victory against Montpellier set up not only qualification but a home tie too. Munster can feel slightly aggrieved at having to travel despite winning their group. It’s a tough one to call as Brian O’Driscoll said on BT Sport:

Saturday March 30, 12.45pm, BT Sport 3

They (Munster) will fancy their chances, they’ve played them a lot and will have had their fair share of victories over there. It should make for a great encounter. Edinburgh have given themselves a great shot in the arm.”

Saracens v Glasgow Warriors

Saracens qualification record makes for impressive reading: played six, won six, points 28. That’s the second highest points total for any team in the pool stages ever, only Biarritz managed more (29) back in 2007. They also have the upper hand against Glasgow having beaten them twice in the qualification campaign, including the 38-19 win in the final pool game. A Glasgow win would be something of a shock, but it would also avenge the quarter-final defeat they suffered to the same opponents at the same ground two years ago.

Saturday March 30, 3.15pm, BT Sport 3

Leinster v Ulster

The all-Irish affair is arguably the standout tie in the quarters. Defending champions Leinster are still on course for a record-breaking fifth Champions Cup and they will be favourites to progress playing at home. Familiar foes Ulster head to Dublin looking for a first victory there in six years. Leinster won the first of their four Champions Cups 12 months prior, with a thumping 42-14 win at Twickenham in 2012.

Saturday March 30, 5.45pm, BT Sport 3

Racing 92 v Toulouse

The all French clash in Paris is one of the toughest games to call. Both came through their groups with just one defeat each. Toulouse recorded a victory against Leinster along the way. Historically Toulouse have it all, more final appearances (six) than any other side and with four wins they are tied with Leinster at the top of the all-time charts. But Racing have the more recent pedigree, suffering defeats in two of the last three finals. Could this, finally, be their year?

Sunday March 31, 3.15pm, BT Sport 3

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