Connacht and Pau will have home advantage in the first leg of their European Challenge Cup semi-finals against Sale Sharks and Brive respectively - and all four matches will be televised live.
The draw to determine the order of the home and away legs took place in the ERC office in Dublin today (Tuesday, 18 January) and was overseen by Mark Egan, IRB Head of Tournaments.
Sale Sharks were drawn to have home advantage in the first leg but, due to the unavailability of their stadium for the fixture and, following consultation with Connacht, the fixtures were reversed.
The matches involving Sale Sharks, attempting to do a tournament double after lifting the trophy in 2002, and Connacht will be screened by Sky Sports with Sport+ covering both legs of the all-French affair.
The winner of the European Challenge Cup gains automatic entry to next season's Heineken Cup tournament.
EUROPEAN CHALLENGE CUP SEMI-FINALS
(Kick-offs LOCAL time)
SATURDAY 2 APRIL
13.00 Connacht v Sale Sharks (Sky Sports)
SUNDAY 3 APRIL
14.00 Pau v Brive (Sport+)
SATURDAY 23 APRIL
19.15 Brive v Pau (Sport+)
SUNDAY 24 APRIL
13.00 Sale Sharks v Connacht (Sky Sports)
As part of the build-up to next month's Cardiff 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals weekend, ERC has joined forces with the WRU, Cardiff Blues and adidas to develop an annual grassroots community rugby programme targeting young players.
The Ulster Rugby full back, Jared Payne (No 15), has been suspended for two (2) weeks following an independent Disciplinary Hearing in Dublin arising from the Heineken Cup quarter-final match against Saracens at Ravenhill Stadium on Saturday, 5 April.