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Champions Cup line-up takes shape

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After the completion of the regular season fixtures in the Aviva Premiership, Guinness PRO14 and the TOP 14, 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
*As Champions Cup finalists Leinster and Racing 92, and Challenge Cup finalists Cardiff Blues were already qualified by virtue of their respective league positions, Gloucester have qualified as either the winning or losing club in the Challenge Cup final.

Guinness PRO14: Glasgow Warriors, Leinster Rugby, Scarlets, Munster Rugby, Edinburgh Rugby, Cardiff Blues
The seventh qualifying place from the PRO14 will be decided by a play-off between Ulster and the Ospreys at the Kingspan Stadium on Sunday, May 20.

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

The remaining 18 clubs from the Premiership, the PRO14 and the TOP 14 will play in the 2018/19 Challenge Cup. The 19th and 20th places in next season’s tournament have been secured by Russia’s Enisei-STM and Heidelberger RK of Germany who will play in the final of the Continental Shield next Saturday in Getxo.