With the draws for the Challenge Cup knockout stage taking place tomorrow, we have got all the information you need to know as the path for the 16 clubs left in the competition becomes ever clearer.
When are the draws taking place?
The draws for the knockout stages of the 2020/21 Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup tournaments will take place in Lausanne, Switzerland tomorrow (Tuesday, 9 March) at 12:00 (UK and Irish time).
Where can I watch the draws?
The draws will be streamed live on HeinekenChampionsCup.com, with exclusive blog coverage starting at 10:30, running through until 14:00. The draws for the Round of 16 and quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup will be followed immediately by draws for the Heineken Champions Cup Round of 16 and quarter-finals at approximately 12:20.
Who has qualified for the Challenge Cup Round of 16?
The knockout stage qualifiers are as follows: London Irish, Ospreys, Leicester Tigers, Cardiff Blues, Zebre Rugby Club, Agen, Benetton Rugby, Newcastle Falcons, Ulster Rugby, Connacht Rugby, Northampton Saints, Bath Rugby, Montpellier, Dragons, Harlequins, Glasgow Warriors.
Are there key rules as part of the draws?
Yes. Clubs from the same league cannot be drawn against one another, however, Challenge Cup and Heineken Champions Cup qualifiers can be drawn against one another.
Who will play at home?
Clubs that have won both matches on the pitch – with results not impacted by COVID-19 – will each play at home in the Round of 16, so London Irish, Ospreys and Leicester Tigers are all guaranteed home fixtures.
Will the quarter-final draw also take place?
Yes. The draw for the quarter-finals will take place immediately following the Round of 16 draw. Clubs from the same league can be drawn against one another in the quarter-finals.
When will the Round of 16 and quarter-final matches take place?
The Round of 16 matches will take place on the weekend of 2/3/4 April, with the quarter-finals scheduled for the following weekend (9/10/11 April). The exact dates, venues and kick-off times of the Round of 16 matches will be announced shortly following the draws. You can watch all matches live on BT Sport.