As the RBS 6 Nations takes centre stage in the coming weeks, fans of the elite European club game will be able to look forward to even more world-class action in April when the European Rugby Champions Cup and Challenge Cup quarter-finals get underway.

The knockout stages of the tournaments mark the beginning of the end of the journey to the 2016 finals in May when the two showcase matches will be staged at the state-of-the-art 59, 000-capacity Grand Stade de Lyon.

A major weekend of knockout rugby will commence with the first of the Challenge Cup quarter-finals between Sale Sharks and Montpellier at the AJ Bell Stadium on Friday, 8 April, with holders Gloucester Rugby, who are on a record run of 15 victories in the tournament, up against the Newport Gwent Dragons at Kingsholm the following day.

Grenoble v Connacht Rugby is the last quarter final to kick off when Pat Lam’s men travel to the Rhône-Alpes region for the 9:05pm clash at Stade des Alpes on Saturday April 9th.


A win for Connacht will set up a Sportsground semi-final later in the month against the winner of Harlequins v London Irish.  

All eight quarter-finals will be broadcast live with the coverage shared by BT Sport, Sky Sports, beIN Sports and France Télévisions.

Supporters looking for details on flights and travel packages should contact Connacht Rugby’s travel partner Keller Travel on (090) 964 2131.

Match tickets will be available through the FC Grenoble website. 

European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-finals
(All kick-offs local time)

Friday 8 April

QF3: Sale Sharks v Montpellier, AJ Bell Stadium (19.45) Sky Sports / beIN Sports

Saturday 9 April

QF4: Gloucester Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons, Kingsholm (12.45) Sky Sports

QF1: Harlequins v London Irish, Twickenham Stoop (20.05) BT Sport

QF2: Grenoble v Connacht Rugby, Stade des Alpes (21.05) FR 4 / BT Sport / beIN Sports


Semi-final 1: Harlequins or London Irish v Grenoble or Connacht Rugby

Semi-final 2: Sale Sharks or Montpellier v Gloucester Rugby or Newport Gwent Dragons

(Matches to be played on 22/23/24 April)


Challenge Cup final: Friday, 13 May; Grand Stade de Lyon (21.00)


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