PRO14 Rugby has confirmed that Ulster will face Ospreys in a European Champions Cup play-off on Sunday 20th May (kick-off 3.05pm at Kingspan Stadium).
With the Guinness PRO14 Championship allocated seven places in next season’s Champions Cup, the top three teams in Conference A and Conference B automatically qualified, meaning the fourth placed team in either Conference would play-off for the PRO14’s seventh representative spot.
However, with South African newcomers Cheetahs, who are ineligible for Champions Cup participation, finishing third in Conference A, fourth-placed Cardiff duly took the third qualifying spot and Ospreys, who finished in fifth place, were shifted into the play-off position to face Ulster.
Ulster will have home advantage by virtue of finishing with the greater number of points accumulated during the PRO14 regular season (62, as opposed to Ospreys’ 44).
The fixture will come just five weeks after the same two sides met at Kingspan Stadium in Round 20 of the PRO14, with Ulster edging out a hard-fought 8-0 win on that occasion.
For Ulster supporters it will be the final opportunity to bid farewell to departing players including Andrew Trimble, Tommy Bowe, Paul Marshall, Robbie Diack, Callum Black and Charles Piutau.