Amlin quarter-finals set to be broadcast live
January 22, 2011
Munster will headline this season's Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-finals having missed out on the Heineken Cup knock out stages © Getty Images
All four quarter-finals in this season's Amlin Challenge Cup are set to be broadcast for the first time.
In a major boost for Europe's second tier competition, broadcasters Sky Sports, France Televisions and Eurosport France will break new ground by featuring all four games over the weekend of April 7/8/9.
"This welcome move by Sky Sports confirms the ever-growing stature and appeal of the Amlin Challenge Cup," said ERC Chief Executive, Derek McGrath. "With three former Heineken Cup winners in London Wasps, Brive and Munster, in the last eight, the quarter-finals promise to provide matches high in both intensity and quality."
The Amlin Challenge Cup knockout stages kick off on Thursday, April 7 with the all-French meeting of La Rochelle and Clermont Auvergne, and the quarter-finals conclude when Brive take on Munster on Saturday, April 9.
The Amlin Challenge Cup final will be played at Cardiff City Stadium on Friday, May 20on the eve of the Heineken Cup final at the Millennium Stadium.
Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-finals: (all kick offs local time)
Thursday, April 7
Friday, April 8
Saturday, April 9
Semi-Finals:(April 28/29/30 May 1)
Final (May 20, Cardiff City Stadium, 19.45)
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