Newcastle Falcons will tackle Connacht Rugby in front of the Sky Sports cameras when they clash in the first of the European Challenge Cup quarter-finals at Kingston Park on Friday, 31 March

The winner of the Friday night showdown between Colin Charvis’  No 2 ranked team and No 7 ranked Connacht – and the winner of No 1 ranked Gloucester Rugby’s quarter-final against No 8 team Brive at Kingsholm – will be at home in the semi-finals of the tournament three weeks later.

The all-English clash between Northampton Saints and Worcester Warriors will be played at Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday with London Irish meeting Bayonne the following day at the Madejski Stadium.


EUROPEAN CHALLENGE CUP 2005 / 2006 QUARTER-FINALS
(All kick-offs LOCAL time)
FRIDAY 31 MARCH
19.30  Newcastle Falcons v Connacht Rugby  Sky Sports
SATURDAY 1 APRIL
15.00  Gloucester Rugby v Brive
15.00  Northampton Saints v Worcester Warriors
SUNDAY 2 APRIL
15.00  London Irish v Bayonne


HOW THEY QUALIFIED …
1) Gloucester Rugby – Pool 3 winners – 29 points; 47 tries
2) Newcastle Falcons – Pool 4 winners – 28 points; 44 tries
3) London Irish – Pool 2 winners – 27 points; 32 tries
4) Northampton Saints – Pool 1 winners – 25 points; 28 tries
5) Worcester Warriors – Pool 5 winners – 24 points, 23 tries
6) Bayonne – Best runner-up – 20 points, 31 tries
7) Connacht Rugby – Second best runner-up – 20 points, 25 tries
8) Brive – Third best runner-up – 18 points; 30 tries


… AND THE SEMI-FINALS DRAW    (To be played 22 / 23 April)


Gloucester Rugby or Brive v Northampton Saints or Worcester Warriors
Newcastle Falcons or Connacht Rugby v London Irish or Bayonne