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Leinster have received a walkover to advance to the quarter-finals of the Heineken Champions Cup.

This comes after their last-16 tie with Toulon, which was due to take place on Friday evening, was called off following a member of the French camp testing positive for Covid-19.

Leo Cullen's side will now face either Exeter Chiefs or Lyon next weekend in the last eight of the competition.

An EPCR Statement on the decision on Friday afternoon read:

Following the cancellation of the Heineken Champions Cup, Round of 16 fixture between Leinster Rugby and RC Toulon due to health and safety concerns for players, club staff and match officials alike, the result of the match has been decided by a Match Result Resolution Committee.

The committee, comprising members of the EPCR Management team, with EPCR Board members, Andrea Rinaldo (FIR) and Robert Howat (SRU), as observers, considered the facts regarding the cancelled match today (Friday, 2 April).

Following medical advice that the match could not be played safely, RC Toulon were unable to select a match day squad after it was deemed that the club had a number of high-risk close contacts with one of its non-travelling players who had tested positive for COVID-19.

Therefore as RC Toulon could not fulfil the fixture, the committee decided under the terms of EPCR’s COVID-19 protocol that Leinster will progress to the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-finals on the weekend of 9/10/11 April.

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