Dumora in­sists Cas­tres can be match for any­one

Irish Examiner - Sport - - RUGBY/WORLD OF SPORT -

The PRO14 has in­tro­duced a play-off for the sev­enth Cham­pi­ons Cup qual­i­fi­ca­tion place. Orig­i­nally the spot for Europe’s pre­mier club tour­na­ment was to be the lead­ing fourth-placed side in ei­ther of the newly formed two con­fer­ences.

PRO14 bosses have now an­nounced there will be a play-off in May be­tween the two fourth­placed sides.

South African sides Chee­tahs and South­ern Kings are still in­el­i­gi­ble to play in Euro­pean com­pe­ti­tion.

Home ad­van­tage will be given to the side with most match points. The play-offs will come in for this sea­son in the PRO14 ahead of the 2018/19 Cham­pi­ons Cup cam­paign.

The top three sides in each con­fer­ence will still go into the reg­u­lar play-off sys­tem and take the other six places for the Cham­pi­ons Cup.

PRO14 chief ex­ec­u­tive Martin Anayi said, “We are com­mit­ted to rais­ing the stan­dards of our cham­pi­onship and the in­tro­duc­tion of the Cham­pi­ons Cup play-off brings a dy­namic el­e­ment to Euro­pean qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

“Af­ter care­ful con­sul­ta­tion with our clubs we strongly be­lieve that this is best so­lu­tion for the Guin­ness PRO14.”

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