Further to a meeting of the England Rugby Ltd board this afternoon, it has been agreed that the two Powergen cup semi-finals will be held at the home grounds of Northampton Saints and NEC Harlequins respectively.
Terry Burwell the RFU Operations Director said: "The England Rugby Ltd board considered all the options following the semi-final draw today for the Powergen Cup. Whilst appreciating the financial advantages of playing both games at the Madejski stadium it was felt that it would be inequitable to give London Irish home advantage."
"Both matches will be played on Saturday 9th March 2002 and will be shown live on Sky Sports. The kick-off times will be 2.45pm and 5.00pm and we will announce shortly which match will be played first."
The draw is as follows:
Northampton Saints Vs Newcastle Falcons - Franklins Gardens
NEC Harlequins Vs London Irish - Stoop Memorial Ground
Quins will announce ticket details for this game by the end of this week.
During week commencing 22nd April Harlequins will launch an innovative, new Membership Scheme which will replace the existing Season Ticket Holder Programme. Further details of the scheme will be announced in due course.