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Rugby union - 30 Apr 2021
Twickenham Stadium in London will host the finals of both the Heineken Champions Cup and the Challenge Cup, the European club rugby competitions, and a limited number of fans will be permitted to attend.
European Professional Club Rugby announced earlier today that the UK venue would host the finals of both pan-continental competitions, and that up to 10,000 fans will be allowed at each game, as coronavirus-related restrictions in the UK ease.
Marseille in France had been the original designated host, but ongoing travel restrictions in the country have meant it has now been allocated next year's finals instead.
The 2021 Challenge Cup final will take place on 21 May, with the final of the top-tier Champions Cup to take place the following day.
Fans will be allowed to attend most top-tier sport in England from 17 May onwards, with stadiums allowed to open to either 10,000 spectators, or 25 per cent of their capacity, whichever is lower.
Vincent Gaillard, chief executive of the EPCR, said: "Fans are the lifeblood of European club tournaments and we are delighted to be able to welcome them back in a Covid-secure environment for this season's finals.”
Bill Sweeney, chief executive of England's Rugby Football Union, and also an EPCR board member, added: "This is an important opportunity for us to hold events as part of plans for the return of fans to stadia. We are working hard with the EPCR and local authorities to put various measures in place to ensure the safety and well-being of all those attending each match."