Guinness PRO14 Championship

DanDango

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Celtic Rugby and the South African Rugby Union have today confirmed that the Toyota Cheetahs and the Southern Kings will join an expanded Guinness PRO14 tournament in time for the upcoming 2017/18 season.

A long-term strategic agreement has been signed by both parties which will allow the participation of two South African franchises in the renamed Guinness PRO14 Championship.

The agreement means that the Championship will take place across the northern and southern hemispheres and marks the first phase of expansion as the Guinness PRO14 becomes a truly global tournament.

This move will contribute to the drive for ever higher standards that we demand across the tournament and provide greater resources to our clubs who will compete in the most testing environment the Championship has ever created.

We can also reassure supporters across the Championship that all current home and away Derby games have been protected – these fixtures are sacrosanct to the tournament and those tribal rivalries are just one element of what makes the Guinness PRO14 so special.

With a new format, new teams and new audiences the Guinness PRO14 – which leads World Rugby statistics for Positive Play – will hit even greater heights in 2017/18.

NEW FORMAT

The addition of the Toyota Cheetahs and the Southern Kings will require the Championship to introduce a new Conference format as a league format is not suited to a 14-team cross-border tournament.

The Guinness PRO14 will adopt a two-conference model which will allows for the new clubs to be added into the Championship without need to add extra rounds in 2017/18.

Conference A

Munster (IRFU)
Ospreys (WRU)
Glasgow Warriors (SRU)
Cardiff Blues (WRU)
Connacht (IRFU)
Zebre Rugby Club (FIR)
Toyota Cheetahs (SA Rugby)

Conference B

Scarlets (WRU)
Leinster (IRFU)
Ulster (IRFU)
Edinburgh (SRU)
Benetton Rugby (FIR)
Dragons (WRU)
Southern Kings (SA Rugby)



Each conference will contain 7 teams with an equal split of teams from each union
Every team plays 21 regular season games
Every team to play each other at least once
All Home & Away Derby fixtures will remain in place
Italian, Scottish and South African teams will play an additional Derby fixture to even out the schedule (e.g. Edinburgh will play Glasgow Warriors three times)
The Guinness PRO14 Final Series will now include Quarter-Finals allowing six clubs to reach the knock-out stages (teams 1-3 from each Conference)
The top 3 clubs from each conference will qualify for the Champions Cup while the team with the highest points total outside of those six teams across both conferences will claim the final Champions Cup place
http://www.pro12rugby.com/2017/08/01/statement-expansion-guinness-pro14-championship/

FIXTURES

The regular season will consist of 21 Rounds, which is one game less than the previous format. These Rounds will be made up from a combination of:

12 Home & Away games in your team’s conference
7 Home OR Away games against each team from the other conference
An additional 2 Rounds to ensure all derby fixtures are played home & away (this means Scottish, Italian, South African clubs play three derbies)

The fixture list has been drafted for all 21 rounds, Rounds 1-13 will be confirmed next week (commencing August 7) after the Championship’s broadcast partners have made their selections for live television broadcasts and the clubs have been consulted.
 

DanDango

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1 September 2017
Ospreys Wales v Italy Zebre
1 September 2017
19:35
Munster Ireland v Italy Benetton Treviso
1 September 2017
19:35
Cardiff Blues Wales v Scotland Edinburgh
1 September 2017
19:35
Ulster Ireland v South Africa Cheetahs
2 September 2017
15:15
Dragons Wales v Ireland Leinster
2 September 2017
17:30
Scarlets Wales v South Africa Southern Kings
2 September 2017
19:35
Connacht Ireland v Scotland Glasgow Warriors
8 September 2017
19:35
Leinster Ireland v Wales Cardiff Blues
8 September 2017
19:35
Edinburgh Scotland v Wales Dragons
9 September 2017
15:15
Glasgow Warriors Scotland v Wales Ospreys
9 September 2017
18:05
Benetton Treviso Italy v Ireland Ulster
9 September 2017
17:15
Munster Ireland v South Africa Cheetahs
9 September 2017
19:35
Connacht Ireland v South Africa Southern Kings
9 September 2017
20:35
Zebre Italy v Wales Scarlets
15 September 2017
Dragons Wales v Ireland Connacht
15 September 2017
Edinburgh Scotland v Italy Benetton Treviso
15 September 2017
19:35
Ulster Ireland v Wales Scarlets

16 September 2017
14:15
Southern Kings South Africa v Ireland Leinster
16 September 2017
15:15
Ospreys Wales v Ireland Munster
16 September 2017
19:35
Cardiff Blues Wales v Scotland Glasgow Warriors
17 September 2017
14:30
Cheetahs South Africa v Italy Zebre
22 September 2017
20:00
Cheetahs South Africa v Ireland Leinster
22 September 2017
20:35
Benetton Treviso Italy v Wales Ospreys
22 September 2017
19:35
Glasgow Warriors Scotland v Ireland Munster
22 September 2017
19:35
Ulster Ireland v Wales Dragons
23 September 2017
15:15
Connacht Ireland v Wales Cardiff Blues
23 September 2017
19:35
Southern Kings South Africa v Italy Zebre
23 September 2017
19:35
Scarlets Wales v Scotland Edinburgh
29 September 2017
19:35
Glasgow Warriors Scotland v Italy Benetton Treviso
29 September 2017
19:35
Scarlets Wales v Ireland Connacht
29 September 2017
19:35
Leinster Ireland v Scotland Edinburgh
30 September 2017
14:00
Cheetahs South Africa v Wales Ospreys
30 September 2017
13:30
Munster Ireland v Wales Cardiff Blues
30 September 2017
15:35
Zebre Italy v Ireland Ulster
30 September 2017
19:35
Dragons Wales v South Africa Southern Kings
6 October 2017
Edinburgh Scotland v Italy Zebre
6 October 2017
19:35
Cardiff Blues Wales v Wales Dragons
6 October 2017
20:35
Cheetahs South Africa v Scotland Glasgow Warriors
6 October 2017
19:35
Ulster Ireland v Ireland Connacht
7 October 2017
14:00
Leinster Ireland v Ireland Munster
7 October 2017
20:00
Benetton Treviso Italy v South Africa Southern Kings
7 October 2017
19:35
Ospreys Wales v Wales Scarlets
27 October 2017
19:35
Ospreys Wales v Wales Dragons
27 October 2017
19:35
Glasgow Warriors Scotland v South Africa Southern Kings
27 October 2017
19:35
Connacht Ireland v Ireland Munster
28 October 2017
15:00
Benetton Treviso Italy v Scotland Edinburgh
28 October 2017
18:15
Ulster Ireland v Ireland Leinster
28 October 2017
20:00
Zebre Italy v South Africa Cheetahs
28 October 2017
19:35
Scarlets Wales v Wales Cardiff Blues
3 November 2017
Munster Ireland v Wales Dragons
3 November 2017
19:35
Glasgow Warriors Scotland v Ireland Leinster
3 November 2017
19:35
Scarlets Wales v Italy Benetton Treviso
4 November 2017
17:00
Southern Kings South Africa v Ireland Ulster
4 November 2017
17:30
Edinburgh Scotland v Wales Ospreys
4 November 2017
19:35
Cardiff Blues Wales v Italy Zebre
4 November 2017
19:35
Connacht Ireland v South Africa Cheetahs
24/25/26 November 2017
Ospreys Wales v Scotland Glasgow Warriors
24 November 2017
19:35
Cardiff Blues Wales v Ireland Connacht
BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park
24 November 2017
19:35
Leinster Ireland v Wales Dragons
RDS Arena
25 November 2017
19:30
Cheetahs South Africa v Scotland Edinburgh
Toyota Stadium
26 November 2017
15:00
Southern Kings South Africa v Wales Scarlets
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
26 November 2017
14:00
Zebre Italy v Ireland Munster
Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
1 December 2017
19:15
Southern Kings South Africa v Scotland Edinburgh
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
1 December 2017
19:35
Glasgow Warriors Scotland v Wales Cardiff Blues
Scotstoun Stadium
1 December 2017
19:35
Dragons Wales v Ireland Ulster
Rodney Parade
2 December 2017
14:15
Zebre Italy v Ireland Connacht
Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
2 December 2017
16:30
Benetton Treviso Italy v Ireland Leinster
Stadio Comunale di Monigo
2 December 2017
17:30
Munster Ireland v Wales Ospreys
Irish Independent Park
2 December 2017
19:35
Cheetahs South Africa v Wales Scarlets
Toyota Stadium
23 December 2017
15:00
Benetton Treviso Italy v Italy Zebre
Stadio Comunale di Monigo
23 December 2017
17:10
Edinburgh Scotland v Scotland Glasgow Warriors
BT Murrayfield Stadium
23 December 2017
19:35
Connacht Ireland v Ireland Ulster
Galway Sportsgrounds
26 December 2017
14:00
Dragons Wales v Wales Cardiff Blues
Rodney Parade
26 December 2017
15:15
Munster Ireland v Ireland Leinster
Thomond Park
26 December 2017
17:35
Scarlets Wales v Wales Ospreys
Parc y Scarlets
30 December 2017
15:00
Zebre Italy v Italy Benetton Treviso
Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
30 December 2017
15:15
Glasgow Warriors Scotland v Scotland Edinburgh
Scotstoun Stadium
31 December 2017
15:15
Cardiff Blues Wales v Wales Scarlets
BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park
31 December 2017
17:35
Dragons Wales v Wales Ospreys
Rodney Parade
1 January 2018
15:15
Leinster Ireland v Ireland Connacht
RDS Arena
1 January 2018
17:35
Ulster Ireland v Ireland Munster
Kingspan Stadium
5/6/7 January 2018
TBA
Ospreys Wales v Wales Cardiff Blues
Liberty Stadium
5 January 2018
19:35
Scarlets Wales v Wales Dragons
Parc y Scarlets
5 January 2018
19:35
Edinburgh Scotland v South Africa Southern Kings
Myreside Stadium
6 January 2018
14:15
Benetton Treviso Italy v South Africa Cheetahs
Stadio Comunale di Monigo
6 January 2018
16:30
Zebre Italy v Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
6 January 2018
17:35
Leinster Ireland v Ireland Ulster
RDS Arena
6 January 2018
19:45
Munster Ireland v Ireland Connacht
Thomond Park
South African derbies[edit]
13 January 2018
17:00
Southern Kings South Africa v South Africa Cheetahs
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
20 January 2017
17:00
Cheetahs South Africa v South Africa Southern Kings
Toyota Stadium
9/10/11 February 2018
Benetton Treviso Italy v Wales Scarlets
Stadio Comunale di Monigo
9/10/11 February 2018
Cardiff Blues Wales v South Africa Cheetahs
BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park
9/10/11 February 2018
Connacht Ireland v Wales Ospreys
Galway Sportsgrounds
9/10/11 February 2018
Dragons Wales v Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Rodney Parade
9/10/11 February 2018
Edinburgh Scotland v Ireland Leinster
Myreside Stadium
9/10/11 February 2018
Munster Ireland v Italy Zebre
9/10/11 February 2018
Ulster Ireland v South Africa Southern Kings
Kingspan Stadium
16/17/18 February 2018
Cardiff Blues Wales v Ireland Munster
BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park
16/17/18 February 2018
Connacht Ireland v Italy Zebre
Galway Sportsgrounds
16/17/18 February 2018
Dragons Wales v Italy Benetton Treviso
Rodney Parade
16/17/18 February 2018
Glasgow Warriors Scotland v South Africa Cheetahs
Scotstoun Stadium
16/17/18 February 2018
Leinster Ireland v Wales Scarlets
RDS Arena
16/17/18 February 2018
Ospreys Wales v South Africa Southern Kings
Liberty Stadium
16/17/18 February 2018
Ulster Ireland v Scotland Edinburgh
Kingspan Stadium
23/24/25 February 2018
Benetton Treviso Italy v Ireland Connacht
Stadio Comunale di Monigo
23/24/25 February 2018
Dragons Wales v Scotland Edinburgh
Rodney Parade
23/24/25 February 2018
Leinster Ireland v South Africa Southern Kings
RDS Arena
23/24/25 February 2018
Munster Ireland v Scotland Glasgow Warriors
23/24/25 February 2018
Ospreys Wales v South Africa Cheetahs
Liberty Stadium
23/24/25 February 2018
Scarlets Wales v Ireland Ulster
Parc y Scarlets
23/24/25 February 2018
Zebre Italy v Wales Cardiff Blues
St
adio Sergio Lanfranchi2/3/4 March 2018
Cardiff Blues Wales v Italy Benetton Treviso
2/3/4 March 2018
Cheetahs South Africa v Ireland Connacht
Toyota Stadium
2/3/4 March 2018
Edinburgh Scotland v Ireland Munster
2/3/4 March 2018
Scarlets Wales v Ireland Leinster
2/3/4 March 2018
Southern Kings South Africa v Wales Dragons
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
2/3/4 March 2018
Ulster Ireland v Scotland Glasgow Warriors
2/3/4 March 2018
Zebre Italy v Wales Ospreys
23/24/25 March 2018
Cardiff Blues Wales v Ireland Ulster
23/24/25 March 2018
Connacht Ireland v Scotland Edinburgh
23/24/25 March 2018
Dragons Wales v South Africa Cheetahs
23/24/25 March 2018
Glasgow Warriors Scotland v Italy Zebre
23/24/25 March 2018
Munster Ireland v Wales Scarlets
24/25 March 2018
Ospreys Wales v Ireland Leinster
23/24/25 March 2018
Southern Kings South Africa v Italy Benetton Treviso
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
6/7/8 April 2018
Benetton Treviso Italy v Wales Dragons
6/7/8 April 2018
Cheetahs South Africa v Wales Cardiff Blues
Toyota Stadium
6/7/8 April 2018
Edinburgh Scotland v Ireland Ulster
6/7/8 April 2018
Leinster Ireland v Italy Zebre
6/7/8 April 2018
Ospreys Wales v Ireland Connacht
6/7/8 April 2018
Scarlets Wales v Scotland Glasgow Warriors
6/7/8 April 2018
Southern Kings South Africa v Ireland Munster
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
13/14/15 April 2018
Cheetahs South Africa v Ireland Munster
13/14/15 April 2018
Edinburgh Scotland v Wales Scarlets
13/14/15 April 2018
Glasgow Warriors Scotland v Ireland Connacht
13/14/15 April 2018
Leinster Ireland v Italy Benetton Treviso
13/14/15 April 2018
Southern Kings South Africa v Wales Cardiff Blues
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
13/14/15 April 2018
Ulster Ireland v Wales Ospreys
13/14/15 April 2018
Zebre Italy v Wales Dragons
27/28/29 April 2018
Benetton Treviso Italy v Italy Zebre
27/28/29 April 2018
Connacht Ireland v Ireland Leinster
27/28/29 April 2018
Glasgow Warriors Scotland v Scotland Edinburgh
27/28/29 April 2018
Munster Ireland v Ireland Ulster
27/28/29 April 2018
Southern Kings South Africa v South Africa Cheetahs
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
28/29 April 2018
Cardiff Blues Wales v Wales Ospreys
28/29 April 2018
Dragons Wales v Wales Scarlets
 
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Agent_Smith

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Excellent! This can only be good news for our franchises. Playing against different teams with different play styles in unfamiliar conditions will be a steep but valuable learning curve. Just wondering though how long this will run for (which the fixture list will reveal). Thinking about the European sides playing rugby in Bloem at the height of our Summer at altitude. Think it will be a bit of a shock to the system some of them.
 

OrbitalDawn

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Pretty impressive that they were able to get it up and running in time for a September start.
 

Mortymoose

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further to this..... I assume the politicians can all get to Feck now , as this is a corporate style tournament and one only plays your strongest players irrespective of skin colour?
 

McT

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The lingo in the paragraph for new format appears to open the doors to further additions to the competition. Perhaps this is a consideration that there may be other teams to be entered into competition next season.

Best of luck to our lads in their conferences. Really hope they can achieve good things.
 

Mortymoose

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The lingo in the paragraph for new format appears to open the doors to further additions to the competition. Perhaps this is a consideration that there may be other teams to be entered into competition next season.

Best of luck to our lads in their conferences. Really hope they can achieve good things.
Heard from a contact that will be at a Griquas Meeting in two weeks, that they are looking at joining the Celtic League with Puma's soon.....
 

Mortymoose

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From The telegraph...

The Bloemfontein-based Cheetahs and the Southern Kings, from Port Elizabeth, will play only on Saturdays and there will be five travel-free days before matches.

The South African franchises will not be able to qualify for Europe through their league placing.

The top three non-South-African sides from each conference will qualify for the Champions Cup.
 
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