Following the EPCR General Assembly on Wednesday March 31st, the board of directors of the organizer of the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup has decided that the final phase of the 2021 tournament will not now be played in Marseille.
After consulting with the relevant local authorities in France and given the evolution of the public health situation, the Board concluded that to reduce cross-border travel as much as possible and minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission, flexibility was required regarding the choice of locations. for the finals of May 21 and 22.
The EPCR is working with its shareholder leagues and unions to establish alternative arrangements for the organization of the two games with all contingencies backed by the primary concern of protecting the health and well-being of players, club personnel, match officials. matches, fans and the rest of the rugby community.
The 2022 finals will now be played in Marseille on May 27 and 28, 2022, and at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London in 2023.
Tickets already purchased for the Marseille final will be valid for 2022 and there is a process for fans seeking refunds that will be communicated directly to ticket holders and on HeinekenChampionsCup.com.
It was also confirmed that the semi-final matches of the Champions Cup will be played at local club venues this season. The semi-final pairings in both the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup, as well as the clubs that will play at home, will be decided by draws broadcast live on Sunday, April 11.
Round of 16 of the Champions Cup (from April 2 to 4):
Friday April 2
Saturday April 3
Sunday April 4
Quarterfinals of the Champions Cup (from April 9 to 11):
Exeter-Lyon vs Leinster-Toulon
Wasps-Clermont vs Munster-Toulouse
Gloucester-La Rochelle vs Scarlets-Sale Sharks
Bordeaux-Bristol Bears vs Racing 92-Edinburgh
The dates of the definitions will be:
Semifinals: April 30 – May 1/2
Challenge Cup Final: Friday, May 21
Champions Cup Final: Saturday May 22