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Order Of Munster’s Champions Cup Fixtures Confirmed

10th September 2021 By The Editor

Munster players celebrate beating Clermont in last season

Munster players celebrate beating Clermont in last season's Champions Cup. Inpho

The order of Munster Rugby’s Champions Cup Pool fixtures have been confirmed with the province kicking off the campaign with an away fixture against Wasps on the weekend of December 10/11/12.

The order of Munster Rugby’s Champions Cup Pool fixtures have been confirmed with the province kicking off the campaign with an away fixture against Wasps on the weekend of December 10/11/12.

That game will be followed by a home clash against Castres Olympique on December 17/18/19 with a return fixture against the French side in round three on January 14/15/16.

Munster round off their pool campaign with a home tie against Wasps on January 21/22/23.

The EPCR confirmed today that exact dates of the pool stage fixtures, as well as kick-off times and TV coverage, will be announced as soon as possible following further consultation with clubs and EPCR’s partner broadcasters.

The eight highest-ranked clubs from each pool will qualify for the knockout stage which will consist of a Round of 16 on a home and away basis, quarter-finals and semi-finals, with the final in Marseille on 28 May 2022.

A Round of 16 will be played on the weekend of 15/16/17 April 2022, followed by quarter-finals and semi-finals, with the final at the Stade Vélodrome, Marseille on 27 May 2022.

See details of the Champions Cup Pools here.

Challenge Cup

A modified Challenge Cup format will see 15 clubs with 10 European titles between them competing in three pools of five.

The 15 Challenge Cup clubs have been allocated into three pools based on their rankings from last season’s leagues and the pool stage will be played over five rounds starting on the weekend of 10/11/12 December and finishing on the weekend of 8/9/10 April 2022.

A Round of 16 will be played on the weekend of 15/16/17 April 2022, followed by quarter-finals and semi-finals, with the final at the Stade Vélodrome, Marseille on 27 May 2022.

Clubs will only play against opponents from their own pool, and one club in each pool will have a bye during each round. A limited number of fixtures will see clubs playing against opponents from the same league.

The three highest-ranked clubs from each pool, and the highest-ranked fourth-placed club, as well as the three clubs ranked 9 to 11 from each of the Heineken Champions Cup pools, will qualify for the Round of 16.

Challenge Cup Pools

Pool A

RC Toulon, Newcastle Falcons, Zebre Rugby Club, Worcester Warriors, Biarritz Olympique

Pool B

Dragons, Lyon, Gloucester Rugby, Benetton Rugby, USAP

Pool C

London Irish, Edinburgh Rugby, CA Brive, Section Paloise, Saracens

Champions Cup 2021/22 Fixture Dates

Round 1 – 10/11/12 December

Round 2 – 17/18/19 December

Round 3 – 14/15/16 January 2022

Round 4 – 21/22/23 January 2022

Heineken Champions Cup Round of 16 (1st leg) and Challenge Cup Round 5 – 8/9/10 April 2022

Heineken Champions Cup Round of 16 (2nd leg) and Challenge Cup Round of 16 – 15/16/17 April 2022

Quarter-finals – 6/7/8 May 2022

Semi-finals – 13/14/15 May 2022

Challenge Cup final – Friday 27 May 2022; Stade Vélodrome, Marseille

Heineken Champions Cup final – Saturday 28 May 2022; Stade Vélodrome, Marseille

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