Heineken Cup dates, times confirmed
Rugby:Ulster will be the first of the Irish provinces in action when the Heineken Cup resumes when they host the Glasgow Warriors at Ravenhill (8.0), on Friday, January 11th. ERC confirmed the dates and times for the last two rounds of matches in the pool stages but not which games will be televised. They will be officially released at a later date.Connacht travel to The Stoop to take on pool leaders and English champions, Harlequins in the early kick-off (1.35) on the Saturday, while later on that day defending European champions, Leinster welcome the Scarlets to the RDS (6.0).
Munster travel to Murrayfield in Sunday’s early kickoff to try and beat a Michael Bradley coached Scottish franchise.
On the final weekend, the two matches in each pool must kickoff at the same time. Connacht host Zebre at the Sportsground on Friday, January 18th, Ulster travel to Castres for the early start (1.35, Irish time) on the Saturday, while Leinster’s trip to Sandy Park where they face the Exeter Chiefs has been pencilled in for 6.0pm.
Munster will once again play on the Sunday, handed the early match, when they host Racing Metro 92 at Thomond Park.
HEINEKEN CUP FIXTURES ROUNDS 5 & 6 (All kickoffs, Irish time)
Friday, January 11th: Ulsterv Glasgow Warriors, Ravenhill (8.0); Northampton Saints v Castres Olympique, Franklin’s Gardens (8.0); Sale Sharks v Montpellier, Salford City Stadium (8.0)
Saturday, January 12th: Harlequins v Connacht,The Twickenham Stoop (1.35); Zebre v Biarritz Olympique, Stadio XXV Aprile (1.35); Toulon v Cardiff Blues, Stade Félix Mayol (1.35); Racing Metro 92 v Saracens, Stade de la Beaujoire (Nantes) (3.40); Leinsterv Scarlets, RDS (6.0); ASM Clermont Auvergne v Exeter Chiefs, Stade Marcel Michelin (6.0).
Sunday, January 13th: Edinburgh v Munster, Murrayfield (12.45); Ospreys v Leicester Tigers, Liberty Stadium (3.0); Toulouse v Benetton Treviso, Stade Ernest Wallon (3.0)
Friday, January 18th: Connachtv Zebre, The Sportsground (8.0); Biarritz Olympique v Harlequins, Parc des Sports Aguiléra (8.0)
Saturday, January 19th:Glasgow Warriors v Northampton Saints, Scotstoun Stadium (1.35); Castres Olympique v Ulster,Stade Pierre Antoine (1.35); Scarlets v ASM Clermont Auvergne, Parc y Scarlets (6.0); Exeter Chiefs v Leinster,Sandy Park (6.0); Cardiff Blues v Sale Sharks, Cardiff Arms Park (3.40); Montpellier v Toulon, Stade Yves du Manoir (3.40)
Sunday, January 20th: Munsterv Racing Metro 92, Thomond Park (12.45); Saracens v Edinburgh, Vicarage Road (12.45; Leicester Tigers v Toulouse, Welford Road (3.0); Benetton Treviso v Ospreys, Stadio Comunale di Monigo (3.0).