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Pro 12 teams all fail to reach Champions Cup quarter-finals

Ulster's victory against Oyonnax on Saturday ultimately counted for nothing as they were eliminated from the competition
Ulster's victory against Oyonnax on Saturday ultimately counted for nothing as they were eliminated from the competition

There will be no teams from Ireland, Scotland or Wales in the last eight eight of the European Champions Cup after the group stages were completed on Sunday.

Ulster's slim hopes of sneaking through to the quarter-finals as one of the best runners-up ended when Stade Francais defeated Leicester 36-21.

Welsh side Ospreys' hopes of reaching the last eight were dashed when they lost 33-17 to Exeter.

Sunday's results mean that there will be five English teams and three French sides in the quarter-finals.

Two of the last-eight clashes in early April will be all-Aviva Premiership encounters.

Top European seeds Saracens will host Northampton after Saints qualified as one of three best runners-up, while Exeter can look forward to tackling Wasps at the Ricoh Arena, a ground where they have already won this season.

Elsewhere, Leicester will have home advantage against Stade Francais, while Racing 92 host Champions Cup holders Toulon.

Leicester won Pool Four, with Stade finishing second, but Stade's bonus point victory over the Tigers in Paris on Sunday ensured a best runners-up spot.

And with the winners of quarter-final one - Saracens against Northampton - meeting quarter-final two victors of Wasps and Exeter in the semi-finals, it means an English Champions Cup final representative is guaranteed.

The quarter-finals take place on April 8-10.