EPCR Challenge Cup Round Of 16 Playoffs Decided – Fixtures Confirmed


Following the conclusion of the EPCR Challenge Cup pool stage the six highest-ranked clubs in each pool have secured their places in the Round of 16 which will be played on the weekend of 31 March-1/2 April, and the 12 clubs are supplemented by Lyon, Racing 92, ASM Clermont Auvergne and Sale Sharks who have qualified from the Heineken Champions Cup.

The exact dates and kick-off times of the Round of 16 fixtures will be announced soon.


Round of 16 – 31 March-1/2 April
R16 1: RC Toulon v Toyota Cheetahs
R16 2: Glasgow Warriors v Dragons RFC
R16 3: Cardiff Rugby v Sale Sharks
R16 4: Bristol Bears v ASM Clermont Auvergne
R16 5: Stade Francais Paris v Lyon
R16 6: Emirates Lions v Racing 92
R16 7: Benetton Rugby v Connacht Rugby
R16 8: Scarlets v CA Brive
NB The four highest-ranked clubs from each of the EPCR Challenge Cup pools have a home advantage.

Quarter-finals – 7/8/9 April
QF 1: Winner R16 1 v Winner R16 5
QF 2: Winner R16 7 v Winner R16 3
QF 3: Winner R16 2 v Winner R16 6
QF 4: Winner R16 8 v Winner R16 4
NB The highest-ranked clubs from the pool stage will have home advantage.

Semi-finals – 28/29/30 April
SF 1: winner QF 1 v winner QF 2
SF 2: winner QF 3 v winner QF 4
NB The matches will be played in Europe and the highest-ranked clubs from the pool stage will have home venue advantage.

2023 EPCR Challenge Cup final: Friday 19 May; Aviva Stadium, Dublin