Champions Cup Play-Offs

2016/17 Play-offs

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Nineteen places in the 2017/18 European Rugby Champions Cup will be decided by the clubs' finishing positions in the Guinness PRO12, the Premiership and the TOP 14 in the following ways:

  • Guinness PRO12: the seven highest-ranked clubs based on their finishing positions in the league. The seven qualifiers must include at least one club from each of Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales.
  • Premiership: the six highest-ranked clubs based on their finishing positions in the league.
  • TOP 14: the six highest-ranked clubs based on their finishing positions in the league.

The 20th place in the Champions Cup will be decided by a series of play-off matches that will include the following clubs:

  • The seventh-ranked club from the Premiership, or the winner of the Challenge Cup if from the Premiership and not already qualified for the Champions Cup.
  • The seventh-ranked club from the TOP 14, or the winner of the Challenge Cup if from the TOP 14 and not already qualified for the Champions Cup.
  • The eighth and ninth-ranked clubs from the PRO12, or the winner of the Challenge Cup if from the PRO12 and not already qualified for the Champions Cup. This club will take the place in the play-offs of the ninth-ranked club.

Fixtures

19/20 May

Play-off 2 - Stade Jean Bouin: Stade Francais Paris 46 Cardiff Blues 21
Play-off 1 - Franklin's Gardens: Northampton Saints 21 Connacht Rugby 15

26 May

Play-off Final - Franklin's Gardens: Northampton Saints 23 Stade Francais Paris 22


Northampton Saints have secured the 20th place in the 2017/18 Champions Cup