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Amlin Cup: Leinster get Friday night clash but Toulouse couldn't care less

French coach Guy Novès remarked that he was not aware his side were still involved in European action.

Rob Kearney leaps over Exeter's Luke Arscott.
Rob Kearney leaps over Exeter's Luke Arscott.
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LEINSTER’S AMLIN CHALLENGE CUP quarter-final has been slated for a Friday night, 5 April, clash at Adams Park.

Joe Schmidt’s side narrowly missed out on the Heineken Cup knock-out stages following a pair of defeats to Clermont Auvergene in December.

They will now take on London Wasps, in the European second-tier tournament, at 8pm with Sky Sports screening the match.

Toulouse, four-time Heineken Cup champions, will play Perpignan at the Stade Aimé Giral on the same evening but their coach, Guy Novès, is patently disinterested in the cup.

The French coach declared, “I didn’t even know we were in it. We have to think of the [Top 14] championship, nothing more than that.”

The line-up for this year’s Challenge Cup is illustrious, with 14 European titles shared between the eight quarter-finalists.

The first game up in the knock-out stages is the tie between Gloucester and Biarritz, another Heineken Cup cast-off, at Kingsholm on Thursday, 4 April.

Number one seeds Bath will host Stade Francais at The Rec on Saturday, 6 April.

Once the last of the four games is complete, the Heineken Cup quarters will get underway.

The kick-off times for that competition were also released today, with Ulster playing Saracens on Saturday and Munster doing battle with Harlequins on Sunday, 7 April.

Amlin Challenge Cup Fixtures:

Gloucester Rugby v Biarritz Olympique (Thursday, 4 April at 8pm) Sky Sports/Eurosport France

London Wasps v Leinster Rugby, (Friday, 5 April at 8pm) Sky Sports/Eurosport France

Perpignan v Toulouse (Friday, 5 April at 7pm local time) FR4/Eurosport France

Bath Rugby v Stade Francais Paris (Saturday, 6 April at 1pm) Sky Sports/Eurosport France

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