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Champions Cup and Challenge Cup semi-final dates and venues confirmed

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By Adam Ellis

The EPCR have confirmed the details for the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup semi-final ties to be played at the end of this month.

Leinster will take on Scarlets at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin after their convincing 30-19 win over Saracens on Sunday. The all-Celtic semi-final will be played on Saturday April 21 with kick-off at 3.30pm.

The victor of that match will face the winner of Munster and Racing 92’s clash at Stade Chaban Delmas in Bordeaux.

Munster may be fishing for secrets from former Racing coach Ronan O’Gara after the Top 14 side edged Clermont Auvergne 23-21 at Stade Marcel Michelin.

The two sides will meet in Bordeaux on Sunday 22 April and vy for a place in the final to be played in Bilbao on May 12.

The Challenge Cup semi-finals will not be played at neutral venues, with Gloucester and Newcastle Falcons kicking off the weekend’s knockout European action at Kingsholm on Friday evening.

Cardiff Blues and Pau will precede the Leinster and Scarlets on Saturday when their Challenge Cup tie gets underway at 1pm on April 21.

Champions Cup semi-finals (April 20-22)

Match: Leinster v Scarlets (Sky Sports)

Date – Saturday April 21, 3:30pm KO

Venue – Aviva Stadium, Dublin

Match: Munster v Racing 92 (BT Sport)

Date – Sunday April 22, 3:15pm KO

Venue – Stade Chaban Delmas, Bordeaux

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Challenge Cup semi-finals (April 20-22)

Match: Gloucester v Newcastle Falcons (BT Sport)

Date – Friday April 20, 7:45pm KO

Venue – Kingsholm, Gloucester

Match: Cardiff Blues v Pau (Sky Sports)

Date – Saturday April 21, 1:00pm KO

Venue – Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff

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