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Munster to face Exeter as Leinster take on Connacht in Round-of-16

Ulster have been handed a tough task against Toulouse in the knock-out stages.

Connacht and Leinster are set to meet in the Champions Cup.
Connacht and Leinster are set to meet in the Champions Cup.
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Updated Jan 23rd 2022, 7:24 PM

LEINSTER WILL FACE Connacht in the Round-of-16 of the Heineken Champions Cup, while Munster will take on Exeter, and Ulster will battle it out with Toulouse

The first knock-out round will be played on a two-legged, home-and-away basis on the weekends of 8/9/10 April and 15/16/17 April. The aggregate scoreline with decide the match-ups.

Leinster will travel to Galway for their first leg before welcoming Connacht to Dublin for the second leg.

Meanwhile, Ulster’s reward for winning all four of their pool games is a Round-of-16 match-up with Toulouse, the defending champions.

Ulster will travel to France for the first leg and then welcome Toulouse to Belfast for the second leg.

And Munster will take on English outfit Exeter, the winners of the competition in 2019/20, in the Round-of-16.

Munster will travel for the first leg of their round-of-16 match-up before hosting the second leg at Thomond Park.


Elsewhere, Racing 92 will take on Stade Français. Ronan O’Gara’s La Rochelle will face Bordeaux, Leicester are up against Clermont, Harlequins face Montpellier, and Bristol will battle it out with Sale.

The format of the Champions Cup means that Ulster and Munster are on a potential collision course in the quarter-finals if they both make it through, while the winner of the Leinster v Connacht match-up will take on either Leicester or Clermont.


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The clubs who finished with a higher ranking in the pool stages get home advantage for the one-legged quarter-finals, as well as home country advantage for the semi-finals, which are also regular one-off knock-outs.

Champions Cup Round-of-16:

Leinster v Connacht
Ulster v Toulouse
Munster v Exeter
Racing 92 v Stade Français
Leicester v Clermont
La Rochelle v Bordeaux
Bristol v Sale
Harlequins v Montpellier

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