Gloucester away if Edinburgh finish seventh

Mike Coman, centre, and Edinburgh could face Gloucester again
Mike Coman, centre, and Edinburgh could face Gloucester again
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IF Edinburgh end up in the play-off for qualification to next season’s European Champions Cup, they will face Gloucester away at Kingsholm.

The Aviva Premiership side confirmed their place as England’s representatives to contest for the elite competition’s 20th and final qualifying berth by lifting the second-tier European Challenge Cup with a 19-13 victory over Edinburgh at Twickenham Stoop last Friday.

Yesterday, Gloucester secured home advantage after winning a coin toss, even though their opponents – the side that finishes seventh in the Guinness PRO12 – have not yet been confirmed. The Cherry and Whites’ Kingsholm will host the May 24 play-off encounter, tournament organisers announced.

Edinburgh are currently in the seventh spot – a point behind Scarlets and four ahead of Connacht – but still have hopes of securing automatic qualification by finishing in the top six.

There are two rounds of the regular PRO12 season to go with Alan Solomons’ men facing Newport Gwent Dragons at Rodney Parade tomorrow night and Leinster at BT Murrayfield on Saturday week. The winners of the play-off will then meet the French Top 14’s seventh-placed finishers at home on May 31 to complete the 2015-16 Champions Cup line-up.

It was decided by the European Professional Club Rugby that, due to the longer Top 14 season, the French team would go straight into the ‘final’ play-off – balanced by playing it away. If Gloucester make it through to face the French side in the decider they will have to play at Worcester’s Sixways Stadium as Kingsholm is staging a Madness pop concert the previous day.