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Leinster to host Leicester, Munster go to Northampton


It’s familiar oppostition for Leinster and Munster who will take on Leicester Tigers and Northampton Saints respectively in the last 16 of the Investec Champions Cup.

Leinster made it four pool wins from four and guaranteed themselves a home tie on Saturday when they stomped to a 27-10 win at Leicester. And it’s the Tigers who will come to Dublin in early April, with Leo Cullen’s charges pitted against the English club in Sunday evening’s draw.

Reigning URC champions Munster limped into the knockout stages courtesy of a losing bonus-point after a 26-23 defeat to 14-man Northampton Saints on Saturday, and they’ll get the chance to put a poor performance right when they travel to Franklin’s Gardens for a rematch with their pool rivals.

If Leinster get past Leicester they could meet old foes La Rochelle in the quarters. Ronan O’Gara’s side must get past DHL Stormers in the last 16.

Munster’s reward for a win at Northampton would be a home tie with either Vodacom Bulls or Lyon.

Meanwhile in the Challenge Cup, Connacht are away to Top 14 side Pau and Ulster travel to Montpellier.


CHAMPIONS CUP ROUND OF 16 [to be played on weekend of 5/6/7 April]

1 Toulouse v Racing 92
2 Leinster v Leicester Tigers
3 Northampton Saints v Munster
4 Bordeaux-Begles v Saracens
5 Harlequins v Glasgow Warriors
6 Vodacom Bulls v Lyon
7 DHL Stormers v La Rochelle
8 Exeter Chiefs v Bath

QUARTER-FINALS [to be played on weekend of 12/13/14 April]
QF 1: Winner 1 v Winner 8
QF 2: Winner 2 v Winner 7
QF 3: Winner 3 v Winner 6
QF 4: Winner 4 v Winner 5


CHALLENGE CUP ROUND OF 16 [to be played on weekend of 5/6/7 April

1 Hollywoodbets Sharks v Zebre Parma
2 Gloucester v Castres
3 Benetton v Emirates Lions
4 ASM Clermont Auvergne v Toyota Cheetahs
5 Montpellier v Ulster
6 Pau v Connacht
7 Ospreys v Sale Sharks
8 Edinburgh v Aviron Bayonnais

QUARTER-FINALS [to be played on weekend of 12/13/14 April]

QF 1: Winner 1 v Winner 8
QF 2: Winner 2 v Winner 7
QF 3: Winner 3 v Winner 6
QF 4: Winner 4 v Winner 5



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