2017/18 Champions Cup taking shape

Following the final rounds of matches in the Aviva Premiership, Guinness PRO12 and TOP 14, the Ospreys are one of 19 teams confirmed for the 2017/18 Champions Cup.

As well as securing a top four spot, and with it a place in the end of season play-offs, the Ospreys have also ensured a return to Europe’s elite competition after a one-year absence, after missing out on this season’s Champions Cup due to a lowly eighth place finish in the PRO12 last year.

Admission to the three home pool matches in the Champions Cup is included in a 2017/18 Ospreys season membership, which is available to buy now at the Liberty Stadium Ticket Office or online at www.ospreysrugby.com/2017membership.

Renewals cost from just £125, or £6.95 a match, while new members can sign for an entire season’s rugby for just £165 – less than a tenner a game.

The 19 confirmed participants for next season’s Champions Cup are:

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 20th, and last remaining, place for next season's tournament will be decided by a series of play-off matches. If Gloucester Rugby win Friday evening's Challenge Cup final at BT Murrayfield, they will take the place of Northampton Saints – the seventh-ranked club from the Aviva Premiership - in Play-off 1.


Champions Cup play-offs - 19/20/21 May

Play-off 1: Northampton Saints (Aviva Premiership seventh-ranked club) or Gloucester Rugby v Connacht Rugby (PRO12 ninth-ranked club)


Play-off 2: Stade Français Paris (TOP 14 seventh-ranked club) v Cardiff Blues (PRO12 eighth-ranked club)


The Premiership and TOP 14 clubs will have home advantage

Play-off Final - 26/27/28 May

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 takes the 20th place in the 2017/18 Champions Cup

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 the Continental Shield final at the BT Murrayfield complex on Saturday.

The Pool Draws for 2017/18 Champions Cup and Challenge Cup will take place in Neuchâtel, Switzerland on Thursday 8 June.