Rescheduled Champions Cup matches give Munster and Ulster unbelievably tough January
There will be a slew of big, big matches for European sides in January.
Many countries will welcome in the walking wounded for the 2016 Six Nations after the EPCR announced the dates for Champions Cup matches cancelled due to the Paris terror attacks of November 13.
All five matches will be played over the weekend of January 8-10.
That means clubs like Ulster and Munster will have three consecutive weekends of Champions Cup games, and a final round of league fixtures, before going into the Six Nations break.
The Guinness PRO12, Aviva Premiership and Orange Top 14 all needed to shift league fixtures to accommodate the EPCR.
For example, three PRO12 games - Ulster v Newport Gwent Dragons, Zebre v Glasgow Warriors, and Cardiff Blues v Munster - will now take place later in 2016.
The new exact dates, kick-off times and television coverage of the five Champions Cup fixtures and one Challenge Cup match will be announced as soon as possible.
Rescheduled matches for 8/9/10 January 2016
Round 1: Oyonnax v Ulster Rugby, Racing 92 v Glasgow Warriors, Bordeaux-Bègles v ASM Clermont Auvergne, RC Toulon v Bath Rugby
Round 2: Stade Francais Paris v Munster Rugby