PRO14 Rugby has confirmed that Ulster will play Ospreys in a European Champions Cup play-off on Sunday 20th May, with a 3.05pm kick-off 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 spot in European Rugby’s premier competiton.
As South African side Cheetahs, who are ineligible for the Champions Cup, finished third in Conference A, fourth-placed Cardiff took the third qualifying spot and Ospreys, who were in fifth place, moved into the play-off position to face Ulster.
The Irish province 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.
The game will give Ulster supporters a final opportunity to bid farewell to departing players such as Andrew Trimble, Tommy Bowe, Paul Marshall, Robbie Diack, Callum Black and Charles Piutau