The makeup of the Top 14 playoffs have now been confirmed with the culmination of the regular season this weekend.
After 23 rounds of action, the six sides who have secured a spot in the playoffs are; Toulouse, Clermont Auvergne, Lyon, Racing 92, La Rochelle and Montpellier.
As you can see from the below league table, the race for the playoffs went down to the wire with reigning champions Castres and heavyweights Stade Francais missing out on the playoffs by just one point and six points, respectively.
Castres actually started the day in fifth place but a 25-16 loss at home to Toulon saw them fall out of the top-six. This was the reigning champion’s third consecutive home defeat in what is a bitterly disappointing end to the season.
A superb 28-27 win for Montpellier away to Clermont Auvergne secured their spot in the playoffs while La Rochelle crushed Bordeaux Begles 81-12 to rubberstamp their playoff ambitions.
With six teams left in the competition, Toulouse and Clermont Auvergne go straight into home semi-finals while Lyon, Racing 92, La Rochelle and Montpellier must take part in quarter-finals .
Playoff Schedule (GMT):
Friday, 31 May: Racing 92 v La Rochelle (1900)
Saturday, 1 June: Lyon v Montpellier (1500)
Saturday, June 8: Toulouse v Racing 92 or La Rochelle (1900)
Sunday, 9 June: Clermont v Lyon or Montpellier (1430)
Final (Stade de France)
Saturday, 15 June (1845)
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