Connacht have been handed another European boost for next season after it was confirmed that Andy Friend's side will seeded in Tier 3 for the Heineken Champions Cup.

Yesterday it was confirmed that the westerners would play in next season's expanded 24-team tournament, with four extra teams added due to the unique circumstances caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

And now Connacht have been given more good news as the Guinness Pro14 announced that they will be seeded in Tier 3 of the Pro14 teams alongside Scarlets, based on their league points total before lockdown.

The Pro14 indicated that Glasgow Warriors were a Tier 3 qualifer and Connacht were a Tier 4 qualifier, however this morning they corrected that error.

Teams in Tier 1 will be this season's Pro14 finalists with the losing teams from the semi-finals making up Tier 2.

In the expanded Champions Cup eight teams each from the Pro14, France's Top 14 and England's Premiership will be divided into four tiers across two pools, with each side playing four group games, as opposed to six in a normal season.

Tier 1: Both Guinness Pro14 Finalists for the 2019/20 season.

Tier 2: Both losing semi-finalists from the 2019/20 season.

Tier 3: Scarlets (37 pts after R13), Connacht (35 pts after R13)

Tier 4: Glasgow Warriors (34 pts after R13), Dragons (22 pts after R13).

Points tallies for Tier 3 and Tier 4: Scarlets (37), Connacht (35), Glasgow Warriors (34), Dragons (22).

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