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Champions Cup quarter finals facts and figures

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.

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