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Everything you need to know about the Investec Champions Cup knock-out stage

Last weekend brought a close to this year’s Champions Cup pool stages, and six Gallagher Premiership sides have made it through to the next round.

Northampton Saints have been the pick of the English sides in Europe so far, ending the pool stages unbeaten. Phil Dowson’s side had already pencilled in a home tie in the knock-outs, however Exeter Chiefs and Harlequins also have home matches to look forward to in the next round.

Elsewhere, Bath, Leicester and Saracens have also made it through their pools to reach the last 16, however they will do it tough as all three face away fixtures in the next round.

Sale Sharks now turn their attention to the Challenge Cup after finishing fifth in pool four, however Bristol Bears have been knocked out of European competitions completely after they finished bottom of pool one.

Turning attention away from the Premiership sides, Top 14 sides La Rochelle, Racing 92, Toulouse, Bordeaux and Lyon have all made it through to the next stage. Toulouse also join Northampton in making it through their pool unbeaten, and come into the knock-outs in top seed.

Bayonne secured their first win in the Champions Cup as they thumped Exeter on Sunday, however they couldn’t sneak into the top four in pool three and will now move to the Challenge Cup.

Three-time winners Toulon finished bottom of the same pool, and find themselves knocked out of European competitions completely this season.

The URC also see’s five teams make the last 16, with Leinster, Munster, Bulls, Stormers and Glasgow all qualifying. Leinster complete the list of unbeaten sides in the Champions Cup this year, as they have won all four of their matches so far, and come into the knock-outs second in the seedings.

Two URC sides also shift across into the Challenge Cup. Connacht’s win over Bristol was enough to leapfrog the Bears into fifth place, and Ulster also find themselves in the Challenge Cup after a heavy defeat to Harlequins.

Cardiff have been knocked out all together after finishing bottom of pool two.

Investec Champions Cup schedule: Round of 16

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After some fantastic rugby this weekend, we now have our confirmed ties for the first round of knock-out fixtures. Here is the lie of the land for the last 16

Round of 16 – 5/6/7 April
R16 1: Toulouse (1) v Racing 92 (16)
R16 2: Leinster Rugby (2) v Leicester Tigers (15)
R16 3: Northampton Saints (3) v Munster (14)
R16 4: Bordeaux-Bègles (4) v Saracens (13)
R16 5: Harlequins (5) v Glasgow Warriors (12)
R16 6: Bulls (6) v Lyon (11)
R16 7: Stormers (7) v La Rochelle (10)
R16 8: Exeter Chiefs (8) v Bath Rugby (9)

The round-of-16 sees several pool stage rematches (likely due to the format of the competition this year), however this will undoubtedly see some tasty encounters. Northampton Saints stormed Thomond Park last weekend, so Munster will be on the hunt for revenge at Franklin’s Gardens. Elsewhere, Saracens venture to Bordeaux-the site of their heaviest defeat in European competitions-and Leinster face Leicester again after their titanic clash at Welford Road last weekend.

There is also a tasty looking West Country derby as Exeter Chiefs face Bath at Sandy Park.

Investec Champions Cup schedule: Quarter-finals

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After the round of 16, we will be left with just eight teams, and here are the fixtures for the quarter finals:

Quarter-finals – 12/13/14 April
QF 1: Winner R16 1 v Winner R16 8
QF 2: Winner R16 2 v Winner R16 7
QF 3: Winner R16 3 v Winner R16 6
QF 4: Winner R16 4 v Winner R16 5

Investec Champions Cup schedule: Semi-finals

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We then move one step closer to the final, as we are left with just four teams fighting it out for a spot at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Here are the fixtures for the semi-finals:

Semi-finals – 3/4/5 May
SF 1: Winner QF 1 v Winner QF 4
SF 2: Winner QF 2 v Winner QF 3

Investec Champions Cup schedule: The final

The Investec Champions Cup Final is always one of the biggest events in the rugby calendar, and this year will be no different. The two best sides in the competition will battle it out at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to be crowned kings of Europe.

2024 Investec Champions Cup final – Saturday 25 May; Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London