- Dates and times named for PRO12 semi-finals
- Did Munster get the game plan wrong this time?
- “I am so proud of my squad,” says Rassie
- Defeat for Young Munster: all the AIL updates
- Sarries show there is some way to go for Munster
- Munster A take B & I Cup title in Cork thriller
- Death of former Garryowen FC president and PRO
- Team named for Munster’s biggest game of the season
- Big night for Munster as A team seeks cup glorfy
- Fans are advised to make sure of final tickets
- Stander, O’Mahony and Murray will travel with the 2017 Lions
- Two mouthwatering Euro ‘semis’ this week-end
- Garryowen face ‘Wesley’ at home this Sunday
- Disappointment for Young Munster in Junior Cup
- First title for Bandon in Munster Junior Cup final
- ‘Munsters’ away in semis: Garryowen in AIL play-off
- Win keeps Munster on target for a home PRO12 semi-final bonanza
- Saracens rest their European players for Sunday
- Murray still injured as Munster name their side
- Romain Poite to referee Munster v Saracens
- Tyler leads the race for the Golden Boot award
- Young Munster target a successful week-end
- A clean sweep for Garryowen 13s in tournament
- Richmond retain the Transfield Cup in style
- Ulster are next up for second-placed Munster
- Young Munster and Garryowen carve out AIL victories
- Young Munster are seeking win over Con after tonight’s AIL results
- Ireland’s under 18 squad includes three Limerick schools players
- Deysel to make his debut against the Warriors
- Two crucial AIL games in Limerick this Saturday
- UL Bohemian women march on to the AIL final
- Semi-final on Saturday, April 22: update on injuries
- Thrilling Gleeson League final won by Garryowen
- Brotherly love may guide Richmond to victory
- Second half revival sends Munster roaring into the Euro semi-finals
- Three tries as Munster A reach the B&I cup final
- Coach, player sum up Munster’s chances of victory
- Powerful Munster side is named for quarter-final tie
- Wooton, Johnston brothers on Munster A team
- UL Bohs’ Women finish round robin stage in style
- Garryowen continuing to fight for AIL 1A survival
- Young Munster march on to Junior Cup final
- Downes kicks Young Munstet into final
- Young Munster maintain their AIL league challenge
- Newcastle West secure second spot in MJL div one
- Munster name team for Zebre PRO12 away fixture
- Garryowen’s Peter Malone is u20s head coach
- Jack O’Donoghue’s form will be watched by Joe
- Champions Cup quarter finals facts and figures
- Young Munster have Junior Cup on their mind
Champions Cup quarter finals facts and figures
- Updated: 23/03/2017
THIS week-end the focus is on the next round of the Guinness PRO12 League with Munster travelling to Italy for their meeting with Zebre on Saturday. Next up is a mouth-watering meeting with Toulouse in Limerick in the quarter final of the Champions Cup, so here are a few details and statistics to while away a few moments of rugby trivia:
There are a total of 15 European Cup titles among the eight quarter-finalists (Toulouse 4, Leinster Rugby 3, RC Toulon 3, Wasps 2, Munster Rugby 2, Saracens 1).
Wasps’ quarter-final against Leinster at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium will be the club’s 100th match in the European Cup.
There have been 61 home wins and 19 away wins in the 80 tournament quarter-final matches to date -a 76% success rate for home clubs.
If selected for the match against RC Toulon, ASM Clermont Auvergne’s, Morgan Parra, will be making his 60th appearance in the tournament.
Munster in 2008, and Leinster in 2009, are the only clubs to win the tournament after being ranked outside the top four following the pool stage, and the only clubs to win the tournament after an away quarter-final and an away semi-final in the same season.
Chris Wyles of holders Saracens will make his 50th tournament appearance if selected against Glasgow Warriors.
44,000 tickets have already been sold for the Leinster v Wasps clash at the Aviva Stadium.
Owen Farrell is this season’s leading scorer with 79 points and the Saracens’ fly half needs just one point against Glasgow to reach 550 career points in the tournament.
Toulon have played two quarter-finals to date against TOP 14 opposition and have lost them both: v Perpignan in 2011 and v Racing 92 last season.
Munster’s Simon Zebo and Maxime Médard of Toulouse both need one try to reach 20 for the tournament. The late Anthony Foley remains Munster’s top European Cup try scorer with 23.
Clermont have won all three of their previous home quarter-finals – v Montpellier 2013, v Leicester Tigers 2014, v Northampton Saints 2015.
Leinster captain, Isa Nacewa, is this season’s leading try scorer with six going into the knockout stage.
Saracens, who have won four quarter-final matches in a row, will be playing their 80th tournament match when they take on Glasgow at Allianz Park.
Wasps have played two quarter-final matches away from home and have lost them both – v Northampton Saints 2000 and v Toulon 2015.
To date, Munster have played eight quarter-finals at home and have only lost once, against Ulster Rugby in 2012.