European rugby to deliver knockout weekend

Catch every game in the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup live on BT Sport

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – MAY 11: Brad Barritt of Saracens lifts the Champions Cup Trophy following the Champions Cup Final match between Saracens and Leinster at St. James Park on May 11, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Nine months on from the Heineken Champions Cup groups stages being decided and it is finally time for some knockout action.

A stunning line-up of matches on BT Sport will see three Gallagher Premiership sides look to make it through to the semi-finals of the prestigious tournament as it celebrates its 25th anniversary.

But they will not have it all their own way with some monstrous opposition standing in their path.

Whatever happens, it is a guaranteed big-hitting weekend for your rugby-loving customers live on BT Sport.

Leinster Rugby vs Saracens
Saturday September 19, 3pm

What a difference a year makes, or 16 months to be more accurate. Back in May, Saracens were on top of the world after beating Leinster to secure a third Champions Cup in four years. The winners the year they missed out? Leinster, who along with Toulouse have won a record four titles.

Since then the world has been plunged into chaos by Covid-19 and Saracens have been demoted from England’s top flight for salary cap breaches.

It means this competition is their only chance to salvage anything from their annus horribilis. But they will have to do it without inspirational leader Owen Farrell who is serving a ban for a high tackle. It never rains… 

But sport has a strange way of upsetting the odds.

Whatever happens it’s an unmissable start to the weekend.

Clermont Auvergne vs Racing 92
Saturday September 19, 5.45pm

When the Top 14 was abandoned in June both of these sides were way off the pace being set by Bordeaux-Begles. They now face the bizarre prospect of concluding a competition from a season when their domestic campaigns were axed.

The new league campaign has just got going and both Clermont and Racing have wins to their names. Something will have to give in the second of our Saturday clashes.

Toulouse vs Ulster
Sunday September 20, 12.30pm

It’s a huge seven days for Ulster. This quarter final clash comes just seven days after the Pro 14 Final against Leinster.

Victory here will see Ulster through to the semis and a chance to reach European rugby’s showpiece final for the first time in nearly a decade

It’s a huge opportunity for the club and a great start to a massive double-header on BT Sport.

Exeter Chiefs vs Northampton Saints
Sunday September 20, 5.30pm

You and your customers are being made to wait for it, but this clash between two Gallagher Premiership sides should well be worth it.

Exeter are the number once force in domestic rugby, but this has yet to translate to success on the European stage. But what an opportunity they have now to potentially make a first ever final.

They will be the favourites but the Saints ran them close (19-22) when they met in the Gallagher Premiership a few weeks ago. That said, they’ll need to recover quickly from the drubbing dished out by Bristol Bears in their subsequent fixture.

European Challenge Cup

As if that wasn’t enough drama for one weekend, the European Rugby Challenge Cup has also reached the quarter final stages. And you can show it all live on BT Sport. Here’s the line-up.

Bristol Bears vs Newport Dragons
Friday September 18, 7.45pm

Bordeaux-Begles vs Edinburgh Rugby
Saturday September 19, 12.30pm

Toulon vs Scarlets
Saturday September 19, 8.15pm

Leicester Tigers vs Castres
Sunday September 20, 3pm

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