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Munster triumph likely to be rewarded with semi-final

By Ruaidhri O'Connor

The Aviva Stadium will host a European Champions Cup semi-final if bookies favourites Munster and Saracens can progress from their last eight meetings at home to Toulouse and Glasgow Warriors this weekend.

Although tournament organisers EPCR take home the revenue from the penultimate stages of the tournament, the IRFU would be in for a pay-day through their co-ownership of the stadium with the FAI and local businesses would benefit from the likely sell-out at the Ballsbridge venue.

Saracens are hot favourites for Sunday's home quarter-final against Glasgow Warriors, but if the Scots win and Munster beat Toulouse the semi-final will be held in Murrayfield.

Leinster face a trip to France if they beat Wasps on Saturday, with Lyon set to host their semi-final if they are up against Clermont Auvergne or Nice the venue if Toulon can beat the men in yellow on Sunday.

Those games will take place on April 22 and 23.

If Leinster are in France, a Sunday kick-off appears more likely given the French television companies' preference for that slot.

The UK broadcasters are thought to favour Saturday games which could see Munster handed that slot.

Champions Cup semi-final venues

SF 1: if Clermont Auvergne v Leinster - Lyon, or if Toulon v Leinster - Nice, or if Wasps v Clermont Auvergne - Northampton, or Wasps v Toulon - Northampton.

SF 2: if Munster v Saracens - Aviva Stadium, or if Toulouse v Saracens, Bordeaux, or if Glasgow Warriors v Munster Rugby - Murrayfield, or if Glasgow Warriors v Toulouse - Murrayfield.

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