Euro Final going 'home'

Wed, 17 Jul 2013 12:09
Large millennium stadium night 63 Large cardiff arms park 630 Large millenniumstadium

Europe's showpiece finals will be returning to its spiritual home when they are held in the Welsh capital, Cardiff, next year.

Europe's showpiece finals will be returning to its spiritual home when they are held in the Welsh capital, Cardiff, next year.

The European Challenge Cup will be played at the 12,500-seater Cardiff Arms Park on May 23, while the European Cup will take place the following day at the 74,500-capacity Millennium Stadium.

Cardiff has previously hosted four European Cup finals, with the most recent two years ago, when Irish province Leinster beat Northampton Saints.

ERC Chief Executive Derek McGrath said that Cardiff was a "hugely appealing" venue for the finals weekend.

"Cardiff has been the setting for some of the great finals in the past and in many ways, European rugby is returning home," he added.

"I have no doubt that the 2014 weekend at the Cardiff Arms Park and the Millennium Stadium will be yet another celebration of all that is good about European club rugby."

Tickets for the finals go on sale in early September, ERC added

Last year's European Cup was an all-French affair, with Toulon beating Clermont 16-15 in Dublin.

Leinster beat Stade Francais 34-14 in the Challenge Cup Final.

Bids for the finals weekend were received from England (Twickenham), Scotland (Murrayfield) and Cardiff after the withdrawal of the French Rugby Federation (FFR) because of uncertainty about the availability of the Stade de France in Paris.

The Challenge Cup decider at the Cardiff Arms Park will be the first time a European final will be played on an artificial pitch.

Cardiff Blues, who won the 2010 Challenge Cup, announced in June that they were installing the surface for the forthcoming season.

AFP

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 26 May 2017
Blues v Chiefs 07h45 Auckland
Reds v Force 09h45 Suncorp Stadium
Sat, 27 May 2017
Sunwolves v Cheetahs 05h15 Tokyo
Highlanders v Waratahs 07h35 Dunedin
Rebels v Crusaders 09h45 Melbourne
Bulls v Hurricanes 13h05 Loftus Versfeld
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 13h30 London
Sharks v Stormers 15h15 Kings Park
Munster v Scarlets 17h15 Dublin
Jaguares v Brumbies 21h40 Buenos Aires
Sun, 28 May 2017
Lions v Kings 12h30 Ellis Park Stadium
EUROPEAN CUP
MORE LOGS
Pool 1
Team P W D L Pts
Munster 6 5 0 1 24
Glasgow Warriors 6 4 0 2 19
Leicester Tigers 6 2 0 4 8
Racing Metro 6 1 0 5 5
Pool 2
Team P W D L Pts
Wasps 6 4 1 1 22
Toulouse 6 3 2 1 18
Connacht 6 4 0 2 18
Zebre 6 0 0 6 0
Pool 3
Team P W D L Pts
Saracens 6 5 1 0 24
Toulon 6 3 0 3 16
Scarlets 6 2 1 3 11
Sale Sharks 6 1 0 5 4
Pool 4
Team P W D L Pts
Leinster 6 4 1 1 23
Montpellier 6 3 0 3 16
Castres 6 2 1 3 12
Northampton Saints 6 2 0 4 9
Pool 5
Team P W D L Pts
Clermont Auvergne 6 5 0 1 26
Bordeaux 6 3 0 3 14
Exeter Chiefs 6 2 0 4 12
Ulster 6 2 0 4 10
Pool Challenge Cup
Team P W D L Pts
Gloucester 0 0 0 0 0
Stade Francais 0 0 0 0 0