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Mouthwatering Champions Cup draw as Leinster pitted against La Rochelle in semis

Ulster will travel to Leicester Tigers in the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup.

O'Gara and Cullen: Ireland team-mates now set to meet as head coaches.
O'Gara and Cullen: Ireland team-mates now set to meet as head coaches.
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LEINSTER HAVE BEEN set a mouthwatering French mission against La Rochelle in the Heineken Champions Cup semi-finals.

Leo Cullen’s side, who dethroned holders Exeter Chiefs on Saturday, are the only non-French side still standing as they chase a record fifth European crown.

And this afternoon’s draw has handed them a trip to face Jono Gibbes’ and Ronan O’Gara’s La Rochelle, with Top 14 leaders Toulouse — themselves bidding for a fifth title — hosting Bordeaux-Begles on the other side of the draw.

The Challenge Cup draw sees Ulster travel to face Leicester Tigers at Welford Road, while Bath host Montpellier in the second semi-final.

All four ties are set to take place on the weekend of 1/2 May.

Champions Cup semi-finals

  • La Rochelle v Leinster
  • Toulouse v Bordeaux-Begles

Challenge Cup semi-finals

  • Leicester Tigers v Ulster
  • Bath v Montpellier

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