Dreams of Europe are very much alive as Connacht head into the final game of the season.

Connacht are back in 7th place in the Guinness PRO12 table after this weekend’s game against Zebre ended with a 10-40 win in Connacht’s favour. In addition, Edinburgh lost their game ensuring that Pat Lam’s men are still in the race for 6th place being only 4 points behind Scarlets.

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Connacht are still in with a chance of qualifying for next season’s European Champions Cup with their season resting on a win over Ospreys on Saturday and  a loss by Scarlets.

In this video, head coach Pat Lam explains the possible outcomes ahead of this weekend’s round of fixtures.

Should Connacht finish seventh in the league (it’s highest ever position), the team will be entered into a play-off competition for the last Champions Cup rugby qualifying spot. The first leg would include a clash with Challenge Cup winners Gloucester – the two sides having already met in the quarter final in April – on the weekend of May 23rd / 24th.

If Connacht were to beat Gloucester, they would have then secured a home tie against the seventh placed French side in the Top 14 league. At it stands, that game would be against Montpellier Hérault RC on the weekend of May 30th / 31st. A win here would confirm Champions Cup rugby for the province for the 2015/16 season.


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