European Finals will be played in Dublin. The organizers of the upcoming European Rugby Cups have moved the matches to Ireland because of the football World Cup.
The 2023 finals of European rugby competitions, the European Cup, and the European Challenge will take place in Dublin and not in London as initially scheduled, organizers announced on Thursday.
“The 2023 finals were originally scheduled at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.
However, with the Premier League ending later than usual due to the 2022 World Cup taking place in November and December, and with the Rugby World Cup 2023 having an impact on the EPCR calendar, it has been decided to choose the Aviva Stadium for next season,” the EPCR explained.
“The two flagship matches of the elite European clubs will occur in the Irish capital on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 May 2023,” the organizing body said.
This is the fifth time Dublin has hosted a European final after 1999 (Ulster-Colomiers 21-6) and 2003 (Toulouse-Perpignan 22-17), and 2013 (Leinster-Stade Français 34-13 in Challenge, Toulon-Clermont 16-15 in European Cup).
Six countries have already hosted the European finals: England, Scotland, Spain, France, Ireland, and Wales.
The 2022 finals are scheduled for May 27 and 28 in Marseille and will pit Toulon against Lyon in the Challenge and Leinster against La Rochelle in the Champions Cup.