Connacht will travel to play Northampton Saints at Franklin’s Gardens in the Champions Cup play-off semi-final on Saturday, May 20 (4pm).

Victory for Stade Francais over Gloucester in tonight’s Challenge Cup final saw Northampton claim England’s spot in the play-offs.

The winners of the Northampton v Connacht clash will have home advantage in the play-off final against either Stade Francais or Cardiff Blues.

Connacht supporters travelling to Northampton for the game are advised to purchase tickets directly from Northampton Saints here. There is no official ‘away’ section but the Connacht Clan Supporters Club have been purchasing tickets in Terrace D.

Friday 19 May

Play-off 2: Stade Français Paris v Cardiff Blues, Stade Jean Bouin (18.00)

Saturday 20 May

Play-off 1: Northampton Saints v Connacht Rugby, Franklin’s Gardens (16.00)

Play-off Final – Friday 26 May
Winner Play-off 1 v winner Play-off 2 (19.45)
The winner of Play-off 1 will have home advantage
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The following clubs have already secured their places in next season’s tournament:

Aviva Premiership – Wasps, Exeter Chiefs, Saracens, Leicester Tigers, Bath Rugby, Harlequins

Guinness PRO12 – Munster Rugby, Leinster Rugby, Scarlets, Ospreys, Ulster Rugby, Glasgow Warriors, Benetton Rugby

TOP 14 – 
La Rochelle, ASM Clermont Auvergne, Montpellier, RC Toulon, Castres Olympique, Racing 92

  • The remaining 18 clubs from the Aviva Premiership, the Guinness PRO12 and the TOP 14 which have not qualified for the Champions Cup will play in the 2017/18 Challenge Cup. The 19th and 20th places in next season’s Challenge Cup have been secured by Russia’s Enisei-STM and Krasny Yar who will play in tomorrow’s Continental Shield final at the BT Murrayfield complex.
  • The Pool Draws for 2017/18 Champions Cup and Challenge Cup will take place in Neuchâtel, Switzerland on Thursday 8 June.

Connacht will travel to England in less than two weeks to face either Northampton Saints or Gloucester in the Champions Cup play-off semi-final (fixture details to be confirmed).

Having finished seventh in the Premiership, Northampton currently occupy England’s play-off semi-final spot but will be replaced by Gloucester if the Kingsholm outfit can overcome Stade Francais in the Challenge Cup final on Friday night in Edinburgh.

The winners of the play-off between Connacht and Northampton or Gloucester will have home advantage in the play-off final against Stade Francais or Cardiff Blues in three weeks.

Play-Off Draw

19/20/21 May

Play-off 1: Northampton Saints/Gloucester v Connacht

Play-off 2: Stade Francais v Cardiff Blues

26/27/28 May

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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