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Northampton to face Ulster in Heineken Cup last eight

Heineken Cup

Top seeds Northampton will host Irish province Ulster in the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup and will also have home advantage if they reach the semis.

Saints, who won all six of their group games, may have to switch their last-eight tie from Franklin's Gardens to a stadium with a minimum 15,000 capacity.

Two-time champions Leicester have to travel to face 2009 champions Leinster, with the winners at home in the semis.

Perpignan play Toulon and Biarritz host Toulouse in two all-French ties.

The latter is a repeat of last year's final, when Toulouse clinched their fourth title with a 21-19 victory over their rivals in Paris.


There is also a mouthwatering repeat of the 2009 final, with Leinster - who qualified as second seeds - hosting Leicester in Dublin.

Toulouse looked set for a home quarter-final until a last-minute try from Wasps wing David Lemi saw them beaten in High Wycombe in Sunday's final round of pool fixtures.

Victory for Wasps, who finished runners-up behind Toulouse in their pool, sent them into the second-tier Amlin Challenge Cup, where they will face local rivals Harlequins in the last eight.

Two-time Heineken champions Munster, who failed to qualify for the knock-out stages of the elite tournament for the first time in 13 years, have an away tie in Brive.

The other two matches are all-French affairs, with Stade Francais hosting Montpellier and La Rochelle facing Clermont Auvergne.

The quarter-finals of both competitions will be played on the weekend of 8/9/10 April, with the semi-finals on the weekend of 30 April/1 May. The Heineken Cup final takes place in Cardiff on 21 May, with the Challenge Cup final the night before, also in the Welsh capital.

Heineken Cup quarter-finals:

Northampton v Ulster

Leinster v Leicester

Perpignan v Toulon

Biarritz v Toulouse

Heineken Cup semi-finals:

Leinster/Leicester v Biarritz/Toulouse

Northampton/Ulster v Perpignan/Toulon

Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-finals:

Stade Francais v Montpellier

Brive v Munster

La Rochelle v Clermont Auvergne

Harlequins v Wasps

Amlin Challenge Cup semi-finals:

Stade Francais/Montpellier v La Rochelle/Clermont Auvergne

Brive/Munster v Harlequins/Wasps

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see also
Leicester 62-15 B Treviso
23 Jan 11 |  Rugby Union
Perpignan 37-5 Scarlets
23 Jan 11 |  Scarlets
Castres 12-23 Northampton
22 Jan 11 |  Rugby Union
Aironi 6-43 Ulster
22 Jan 11 |  Ulster
Biarritz 26-19 Bath
22 Jan 11 |  Rugby Union
Racing Metro 92 11-36 Leinster
21 Jan 11 |  Leinster
Biarritz 19-21 Toulouse
22 May 10 |  Rugby Union
Leicester 16-19 Leinster
23 May 09 |  Rugby Union
Heineken Cup tables
09 Aug 06 |  Tables
Rugby Union commentaries
09 Sep 10 |  Rugby Union
Heineken Cup 2010/11
29 Mar 10 |  Rugby Union

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