EPCR have confirmed the fixtures for the Heineken Champions Cup and European Challenge Cup for the 2021/22 season.
The opening round of the Champions Cup which will be played on the weekend of 10/11/12 December will see defending champions Toulouse taking on Cardiff Blues while Castres and Stade Rochealis will host Harlequins and Glasgow Warriors respectively.
The 24 teams will be divided into two groups equally with eight representatives from each of Europe’s leading professional leagues, and last season’s defeated finalists, Stade Rochelais, will open their campaign in Pool A against Glasgow Warriors at Stade Marcel-Deflandre.
Defending Gallagher Premiership champions, Harlequins, kick off their quest for a first top-flight European title with a visit to Castres Olympique in Round 1, and Leinster Rugby will have a home game against Bath Rugby.
The second, third and fourth rounds will be played on the weekends of 17/18/19 December, 14/15/16 January 2022 and 21/22/23 January 2022 respectively.
While the first leg of Champions Cup Round of 16 will be played on the weekend of 8/9/10 April - the very same date when the fifth and final round of Challenge Cup will take place.
With both the tournaments completing their round of 16 by 5/16/17 April, the Quarter-finals will be played on the weekend of 6/7/8 May with the semi-finals on 13/14/15 May.
The tournaments will culminate with the European Challenge Cup final on 27th May with the Heineken Champions Cup final scheduled a day later with Stade Vélodrome in Marseille hosting both the matches.
Round 1 – 10/11/12 December 2021
Round 2 – 17/18/19 December 2021
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