European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) has announced new dates for the postponed knockout stage matches in the 2019/20 Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup competitions.
The return to competition will begin on the 18th September with the quarter-finals of both tournaments taking place a week before the semi-finals are scheduled to take place on the weekend of 25th to 27th September.
The finals of both tournaments are set to take place later in October, with the Challenge Cup final now scheduled for Friday 16th October, and the Heineken Champions Cup final set for the following day.
Organisers say they are committed to staging both finals in Marseille as originally planned, but have added that the situation is under review and subject to public gathering and international travel restrictions that might be in place by October.
In a statement, EPCR said: “EPCR and the local organising committee in Marseille intend to clarify the position regarding the finals, including details of ticket refunds where applicable, as soon as possible.
“As previously communicated, new Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup tournament formats for the 2020/21 season are being considered as a consequence of widespread fixture disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. A 24-club Heineken Champions Cup with eight representatives from each of Europe’s leading league competitions is one of the options under discussion.”
Exact fixture dates, venues, kick-off times and TV coverage for the restarted tournament are yet to be announced, The 2020/21 season, meanwhile, is currently scheduled to begin on 11th December.