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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 Aviva 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.
  • Aviva 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

19/20/21 May 2017

Play-off 1: Aviva Premiership (seventh-ranked club) v Guinness PRO12 (ninth-ranked club)
Play-off 2: TOP 14 (seventh-ranked club) v Guinness PRO12 (eighth-ranked club)

The Premiership and TOP 14 clubs will have home advantage

26/27/28 May 2017

Play-off Final: winner Play-off 1 v winner Play-off 2

The winner of Play-off 1 will have home advantage


The winner of the Play-off Final will take the 20th place in the 2017/18 Champions Cup

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