European Play-off

imageBack at the beginning of March I wrote a blog talking about my team, London Wasps, and how the season was over as far as my attending live games was concerned. That was unless we reached the European Challenge (Amlin) Cup Final or the Premiership play-off’s. Unfortunately we didn’t beat Bath in the Amlin semi-final going down 18 – 24. The Premiership play-off’s require a top four finish; we managed a respectable 7th.

And so that was it. Season over!

Well not quite.

The principle European club competition, the Heineken Cup, has been under pressure for some time due to the entry allocation and the general way it has been organised. This got so bad that all the Premiership teams, along with the French, had resigned from the competition completely and were in the process of setting up something themselves. Finally the issues were resolved and a new, replacement, European club competition format agreed – The European Rugby Champions Cup was born.

Now all this is very interesting but what has it got to do with this season? Well let me explain ….

In the new competition the first 6 placed teams go through automatically, same as previously, but this year the team in 7th place in both the Premiership and Ligue Nationale de Rugby (French union) play-off to decide who will take the 20th and final place in the new competition.

The draw took place and the dates confirmed as follows:

  • Sunday 18th May : London Wasps v Stade Français
  • Saturday 24th May : Stade Français v London Wasps

The upshot of all this is that I get to see my favourite team run out at Adams Park one last time this season which is a great bonus for me.

Come on you Wasps!



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