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Champions Cup line-up confirmed for 2018/19

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Ulster Rugby claimed the final place in next season’s Champions Cup with victory over Ospreys in the Pro14 play-off on Sunday.

Winger Craig Gilroy scored two tries as Ulster eased to a 35-12 victory at Kingspan Stadium to guarantee their place in Europe’s elite club competition.

Kieran Treadwell and Jacob Stockdale also crossed while John Cooney kicked three conversions and three penalties.

Ospreys scored three tries of their own through Alun Wyn Jones, Jeff Hassler and Dan Biggar, but will have to settle for Challenge Cup rugby next season.

The following clubs have qualified for the 2018/19 Champions Cup:

Aviva Premiership: Exeter Chiefs, Saracens, Wasps, Newcastle Falcons, Leicester Tigers, Bath Rugby, Gloucester Rugby

Guinness PRO14: Glasgow Warriors, Leinster Rugby, Scarlets, Munster Rugby, Edinburgh Rugby, Cardiff Blues, Ulster Rugby

Top 14: Montpellier, Racing 92, Toulouse, RC Toulon, Lyon, Castres Olympique

Tournament organisers EPCR, meanwhile, have confirmed key dates for the 2018/19 Champions Cup.

Leicester Tigers have qualified for next season’s competition and will learn their opponents when the pool draw takes place at the IOC Olympic Museum in Lausanne on Wednesday, June 20.

EPCR have also confirmed key dates for the 2018/19 season with the Champions Cup kicking off with two rounds in October, followed by Rounds 3 and 4 in December, and as is customary, the pool stages will reach their conclusion in the new year with Rounds 5 and 6 in January 2019.

The quarter-final matches will be played at the end of March 2019 with the semi-finals scheduled for 19/20/21 April in advance of the final weekend in Newcastle.

The exact fixture dates for the 2018/19 season are set to be announced in August.

Pool Draws for 2018/19 season
Wednesday, 20 June – IOC Olympic Museum, Lausanne

EPCR weekends for 2018/19 season
Round 1: 12/13/14 October
Round 2: 19/20/21 October
Round 3: 7/8/9 December
Round 4: 14/15/16 December
Round 5: 11/12/13 January 2019
Round 6: 18/19/20 January 2019
Quarter-finals: 29/30/31 March 2019
Semi-finals: 19/20/21 April 2019

2019 Newcastle finals
Challenge Cup final: Friday, May 10, St James’ Park
Continental Shield final: TBC, Kingston Park
Champions Cup final: Saturday, May 11, St James’ Park