Then it will be the turn of London Wasps - tournament winners in 2003 - to go head-to-head with another Heineken Cup qualifier, Biarritz Olympique, at Adams Park, before a weekend of high-quality action is rounded off with the meeting of Brive and the Scarlets from Wales on Sunday, 8 April. All four matches will be broadcast live on Sky Sports,with additional live coverage on Eurosport France, France 4 and S4C.
The five Amlin Challenge Cup Pool winners secured automatic places in the quarter-finals and they were joined in the last eight by Biarritz, Harlequins and the Scarlets - the third, fourth and fifth best-placed runners-up from the Heineken Cup Pools.
Following the completion of the semi-final draw last Sunday, the much anticipated clashes of Toulon and Harlequins, and of London Wasps and Biarritz, will have the added incentive of offering the winners a home semi-final and taking them one step closer to the London 2012 Amlin Challenge Cup final at the Twickenham Stoop on Friday, 18 May, the eve of the Heineken Cup showpiece.
Tickets for the Amlin Challenge Cup final start from £25 and are on sale at www.ercrugby.com
AMLIN CHALLENGE CUP QUARTER-FINALS
(All kick-offs local time)
Thursday, 5 April
Stade Francais Paris v Exeter Chiefs, Stade Charléty 20.45
Eurosport France / Sky Sports
Friday, 6 April
Toulon v Harlequins, Stade Félix Mayol 20.45
FR4 / Sky Sports
Saturday, 7 April
London Wasps v Biarritz Olympique, Adams Park 12.30
Sky Sports / Eurosport France
Sunday, 8 April
Brive v Scarlets, Stadium Municipal Amédée Domenech 20.15
Sky Sports / S4C
(Matches to be played the weekend of 27 / 28 / 29 April)
Toulon or Harlequins v Stade Francais Paris or Exeter Chiefs
London Wasps or Biarritz Olympique v Brive or Scarlets
Amlin Challenge Cup final - Twickenham Stoop, Friday 18 May (20.00)
Tickets on sale from £25 at www.ercrugby.com
Stade Francais Paris v Exeter Chiefs
• Stade Francais were defeated by Harlequins in the 2011 final by a last-gasp try from Gonzalo Camacho who is now in the Exeter Chiefs squad.
• Exeter's Ignacio Mieres was the leading scorer in this season's Pool stages with 59 points.
• Stade Francais won all six of their Pool matches and only failed to secure a bonus point on one occasion.
• This is Exeter's first appearance in the knockout stages of the tournament.
• Exeter's captain, Tom Hayes, is the younger brother of John Hayes who played for Munster in last season's Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final and semi-final.
Toulon v Harlequins
• Toulon were defeated by Cardiff Blues in the 2010 final in Marseille which attracted a tournament record crowd of 48,990.
• Harlequins are the reigning Amlin Challenge Cup champions following their dramatic 19-18 win over Stade Francais in Cardiff in 2011.
• Toulon's forwards coach, Olivier Azam, has been on the winning side in two finals - Montferrand (1999) and Gloucester Rugby (2006).
• Harlequins have won the tournament three times beating Narbonne (2001), Montferrand (2004) and Stade Francais (2011)
London Wasps v Biarritz Olympique
• London Wasps won the 2003 tournament defeating Bath Rugby 48-30 in the final.
• Biarritz's Iain Balshaw played for Bath in the 2003 final.
• London Wasps' Director of Rugby, Dai Young, coached Cardiff Blues to victory in the 2010 tournament.
• This will be Biarritz's first appearance in the tournament since the 1999/2000 season.
Brive v Scarlets
• This will be Brive's 10th appearance in the knockout stages of the tournament.
• In their one previous appearance in the quarter-finals in 2010, Scarlets lost 38-12 to Toulon at Stade Félix Mayol.
• Brive scored three tries against Munster in last season's quarter-final but still lost a thrilling game 37-42 at Stadium Municipal Amédée Domenech.