Euro clash for Gloucester, Connacht

Date published: May 16 2015

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Following the conclusion of the league phase of the Pro12, EPCR have confirmed that Connacht have qualified for the Champions Cup play-offs for the 2015/16 Champions Cup.

Connacht, who are the highest-ranked club in the Pro12 not automatically qualified for next season's Champions Cup, will play Gloucester in Match 1 of the play-offs at Kingsholm Stadium on Sunday, May 24.

Gloucester director of rugby David Humphreys turned his attention to the upcoming clash after a heavy loss away to Bath on the final day of the Premiership season.

"The positives definitely outweighed the negatives. We conceded 50 points but at the same time our younger players will benefit from the experience of playing here at such an intimidating venue," he said.

"That gives us a lot of hope – not just looking ahead to the next few weeks and months, but beyond that.

"Playing Connacht will be a huge challenge. We're under no illusions as to the challenge that lies ahead. It's one we are looking forward to and it gives us a chance to get the club back into Europe next season."

Gloucester qualified for the play-offs by winning the Challenge Cup earlier this month and were awarded home advantage for Match 1 following a draw carried out by the EPCR Board.

The winner of Match 1 will have home advantage against the seventh-ranked club in the Top 14 in Match 2 on Sunday, May 31. The winner of Match 2 will take the 20th place in next season's Champions Cup.

2015/16 Champions Cup play-offs

Match 1 Sunday, May 24
Gloucester v Connacht, Kingsholm Stadium, 15.30 (BST)

Match 2 – Sunday, May 31
Winner of Match 1 v Top 14 (seventh-ranked club), Winner of Match 1 will have home advantage, 17.00 (BST)

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