Gardens could host Champions Cup semi-final
Franklin's Gardens could host a Champions Cup semi-final next month.
That is because should Wasps win their quarter-final against Leinster at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 3.15pm), the Coventry-based side would get home country advantage.And as competition rules state you cannot play the game at your home ground - Wasps reside at the Ricoh Arena - their tie would be played in Northampton on the weekend of April 22/23.Wasps would be up against Top 14 opposition as they would face the winner of the last-eight clash between Clermont Auvergne and Toulon.That all-French encounter will be played on Sunday.Champions Cup semi-finals – April 22/23SF 1: if ASM Clermont Auvergne v Leinster Rugby – Matmut Stadium de Gerland (Lyon)SF 1: if RC Toulon v Leinster Rugby – Allianz Riviera Stadium (Nice)SF 1: if Wasps v ASM Clermont Auvergne – Franklin's Gardens (Northampton)SF 1: if Wasps v RC Toulon – Franklin's Gardens (Northampton)
SF 2: if Munster Rugby v Saracens – Aviva Stadium (Dublin)SF 2: if Toulouse v Saracens – Stade Chaban-Delmas (Bordeaux)SF 2: if Glasgow Warriors v Munster Rugby – BT Murrayfield (Edinburgh)SF 2: if Glasgow Warriors v Toulouse – BT Murrayfield (Edinburgh)
2017 Champions Cup final: Saturday, May 13; BT Murrayfield (5pm)