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Sunday 4 December 2016

Leinster or Connacht could still take scenic route into next season's Champions Cup

Matt O'Connor
Matt O'Connor

It is possible Leinster or Connacht could be the PRO12 League club to take the scenic route to qualification for next season's Champions Cup.

In reality, the two Irish provinces, The Scarlets and Edinburgh are all in the mix to have to first travel to Gloucester on Sunday, May 24th.

The English Premiership club drew home advantage for the three-team play-off series to establish the 20th and last participant, following a draw made yesterday.

Director of Rugby David Humphreys will wait to evaluate what will happen over the last two rounds of the PRO12 as Gloucester qualified for the play-offs by winning the Challenge Cup final last Friday at the Twickenham Stoop.

They will host the highest-ranked club not already qualified from the Guinness PRO12 at Kingsholm Stadium with The Scarlets currently occupying that position in sixth as there has to be an automatic place reserved for the best-placed Italian club.

The winner of Match 1 will have home advantage against the seventh-ranked club in the Top 14 in Match 2 on Sunday, 31 May in what will be the final entry point.

2015/16 CHAMPIONS CUP PLAY-OFFS

MATCH 1 - Sunday, 24 May

Gloucester Rugby v PRO12 (highest-ranked club not already qualified)

Kingsholm Stadium 15.30.

(Live BT Sport / beIN Sports)

MATCH 2 - Sunday, 31 May

Winner of Match 1 v Top 14 (seventh-ranked club). Winner of Match 1 will have home advantage 17.00

(Live Sky Sports / beIN Sports)

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