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BT Sport is to air live matches from the new European Rugby Champions Cup, the successor to the Heineken Cup.

The broadcaster will show at least five matches from each of the opening rounds of the tournament, plus two quarter-finals and a semi-final.

Both BT Sport and Sky Sports will air the 2014-15 final.

BT Sport has first picks and additional matches involving clubs from the Aviva Premiership in the Champions Cup.

On the opening weekend - Friday October 17th to Sunday October 19th - it is using those picks to show Saracens, Leicester, Wasps, Harlequins and Bath.

The action gets underway at 7:45pm on Friday evening when Harlequins host Castres, in a game to be shown live on BT Sport 2.

There are three games on the Saturday: Saracens v Clermont at 3:15pm on BT Sport 1, Glasgow v Bath at 3:15pm on BT Sport 2 and Leicester v Ulster at 7:45pm on BT Sport 2.

The Sunday game is Leinster v Wasps, which will air on BT Sport 2 at 5.15pm.

Another five matches will be shown between October 23rd and 26th: Munster v Saracens, Bath v Toulouse, Scarlets v Leicester, Wasps v Harlequins and Treviso v Racing Metro 92.

Grant Best, Senior Executive Channel Producer at BT Sport, said the broadcaster is delighted to be adding coverage of Europe's leading rugby competition to its line-up, to complement Aviva Premiership action.

"We are passionate about rugby at BT Sport and look forward to growing the profile of European rugby," he stated.

"Last season, in our inaugural season of Aviva Premiership Rugby, TV audiences rose by 40 per cent."

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