Guinness PRO14 Championship

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SuperSport set to cover Pro14
http://www.sarugbymag.co.za/blog/details/supersport-eyes-pro14-coverage

SuperSport is poised to secure broadcast rights to the new-look Pro14 competition, reports CRAIG LEWIS.

In the midst of the ongoing Rugby Championship and Currie Cup, it’s almost slipped under the radar that the Cheetahs and Kings are set for their first taste of European rugby this weekend.

The Cheetahs will take on highly-regarded Irish club Ulster in Belfast on Friday night, while the Kings are set to be hosted by reigning champs, the Scarlets, in Wales.

There is understandably a fair amount of interest to see how the Cheetahs and Kings fare in their respective season-openers, and while these fixtures are not currently on SuperSport’s TV schedule, it is believed that negotiations are well underway to secure the necessary rights.

When approached for clarity, SuperSport stated that it was at the ‘sharp end of negotiations’, with an announcement expected to be made shortly.

During negotiations for the introduction of the South African sides to the Pro14, it was reported that one of the big selling points for organisers was the fact that there would be a significant financial boost due to new TV rights.

‘Our unions and World Rugby are committed to broadening the game and this move is evidence of our ambition to lead the way in growing the club game beyond our own borders,’ Pro14 CEO Martin Anayi stated. ‘It is a move that also lays the foundations for years to come. The appeal of professional club rugby has never been greater and we aim to be at the forefront of the game’s growth around the world.’

The day before kick off and still no broadcasting deal :mad:
 

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The Cheetahs training in Belfast, holding thumbs for rain free match.

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Pro14 a big lift-off or damp squib?
http://www.rugby365.com/opinion/second-phase/80862-big-lift-off-or-damp-squib-800

rugby365 has reliably learnt that at this stage, with just a day to go, Pro14 rights haven't been sold across most of the world.

This include Asia, Australasia, the Middle-East and most of Europe.

It is believed the organisers, Pro14, are having real difficulties in Italy - as they haven't yet secured a host broadcaster for the games there.

This may result in them failing to meet their obligations to the South African teams.

And, to add insult to injury, the South African pay-TV station that specialises in sport broadcasting - especially rugby - have not confirmed their broadcasting of the Pro14.

The kick-off times for Currie Cup matches have been adjusted to make room for the matches of the two SA team - the Cheetahs and Southern Kings - but enquiries to the broadcaster have been met with a stony silence.
 

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BREAKING:
SuperSport has secured the rights for the @PRO14Official which kicks off LIVE tomorrow night.
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https://twitter.com/SuperSportTV/status/903226748959121408

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Thursday, 31 August 2017
Guinness PRO14 kicks off live on SuperSport tomorrow
The Cheetahs’ opening match in the ground-breaking Guinness PRO14 tournament, against Ulster in Belfast, will be broadcast live on SuperSport 1 this weekend (Friday, 8.35pm), the broadcaster announced on Thursday.

SuperSport has acquired the broadcast rights, which include a range of matches in the re-designed tournament which now boasts participation by the Kings and Currie Cup champions the Toyota Cheetahs.

The Kings debut against Pro14 champions the Scarlets of Wales in Llanelli on Saturday (SS1, 6.30pm).

"This is an exciting property that offers an entirely new flavour," said Gideon Khobane, CEO of SuperSport. "There's a particular intrigue in northern hemisphere rugby and to be part of this pioneering change presents an array of possibilities, both for the teams and indeed SuperSport. We look forward to watching the action unfold from this weekend."

SuperSport will produce select SA-based fixtures and take the overseas feed on other PRO 14 matches that will be broadcast.

“We’re delighted SuperSport have reached agreement to acquire the rights to broadcast the Guinness PRO14,” said Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby. “This is a fascinating and ground-breaking change for rugby and I am sure people will be keen to tune in and see how the hemispheres measure up against each other in club competition. SuperSport have given us a ring side seat and we’re already looking forward to Friday night’s inaugural broadcast.”

Martin Anayi, CEO of PRO14 Rugby, said: “We’re delighted to have SuperSport join our stable of broadcasters in the Guinness PRO14. SuperSport are recognised as one of the world’s premier sports broadcasters and it is fantastic to have them involved in telling the story of our Championship.

"We’ve already seen how the addition of the Toyota Cheetahs and the Southern Kings has energised players, coaches and fans in the north and the south and we can’t wait to see that enthusiasm out on the pitch. Rugby fans have always wanted to see true north v south battles in club rugby and now they will get that.”

The PRO14 is an annual competition, one of the three major professional leagues in Europe, and involves teams from Ireland (four), Italy (two), Scotland (two), Wales (four) and SA (two).

The tournament begins this weekend and concludes with the final in Dublin on May 26, 2018.

Issued by SA Rugby Communications
 
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Cheetahs team:

15 Sergeal Petersen, 14 Rosko Specman, 13 William Small-Smith, 12 Ali Mgijima, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Clayton Blommetjies, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Niell Jordaan (captain), 7 Henco Venter, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Justin Basson, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Jacques du Toit, 1 Charles Marais

Substitutes: 16 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 17 Ox Nche, 18 Tom Botha, 19 Rynier Bernardo, 20 Gerhard Olivier, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Cecil Afrika, 23 Rayno Benjamin
 

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Southern Kings team:

15 Masixole Banda, 14 Yaw Penxe, 13 Berton Klaasen, 12 Luzuko Vulindlu, 11 Sibusiso Sithole, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Rudi van Rooyen, 8 Andisa Ntsila, 7 Victor Sekekete, 6 Khaya Majola, 5 Dries van Schalkwyk, 4 Jurie van Vuuren, 3 Rossouw de Klerk, 2 Michael Willemse (captain), 1 Schalk Ferreira

Substitutes: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 Luvuyo Pupuma, 18 Entienne Swanepoel, 19 Bobby de Wee, 20 Siyabulela Mdaka, 21 Godlen Masimla, 22 Ntabeni Dukisa, 23 Jacques Nel
 

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Cheetahs face many ‘old friends’ http://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/PRO14/cheetahs-face-many-old-friends-20170831

Cape Town - The environment will seem very different but many of the accents on the Ulster team extremely recognisable when the Cheetahs make their keenly-awaited PRO14 debut at Kingspan Stadium on Friday.

The game will be televised on SuperSport 1, and kicks off at 20:35 (SA time).

The Irish club revealed their line-up for the season-opening fixture on Thursday ... and it is teeming with South Africans or at least SA-linked personnel.

As many as six falling into that category will start for Ulster: former Lions and Sharks fullback/wing Louis Ludik, ex-Sharks tighthead prop Wiehahn Herbst, former Stormers/WP loose forward Robbie Diack, Springbok flankers Marcell Coetzee and Jean Deysel (both ex-Sharks), and the Cape Town-born, SACS-educated hooker Rob Herring.

Rugged No 8 Diack, 31, who has subsequently been capped by Ireland, has been Irish-based for several years; he last turned out at Newlands in the 2008 campaign (aided by his 110kg frame, he operates in the second row for this match).

Most of the other South Africans are rather more recent "northern" signings, but nevertheless serve as notice of the stiff, no-nonsense resistance the Cheetahs can expect in their maiden exposure to the PRO14.

In a further southern-hemisphere flavour, the visitors will also do battle with seasoned Australian international flyhalf Christian Lealiifano (recovered from leukaemia) and All Black fullback Charles Piutau.

Teams:

Ulster

15 Charles Piutau, 14 Andrew Trimble, 13 Tommy Bowe, 12 Stuart McCloskey, 11 Louis Ludik, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 John Cooney, 8 Marcell Coetzee, 7 Chris Henry (captain), 6 Jean Deysel, 5 Alan O’Connor, 4 Robbie Diack, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Rob Herring, 1 Kyle McCall.
 

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11. Louis Ludik 89kg vs 14. Rosko Specman 84kg
12. Stuart McCloskey 108kg vs Ali Mgijima 97 kg
13. Tommy Bowe 101kg vs William Small-Smith 90kg
14. Andrew Trimble 101kg vs Makazole Mapimpi 90kg
15. Charles Piutau 101kg vs Sergeal Petersen 83kg

Big size difference.
 

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I look forward to tonight's game. The Ulster teams looks like quality though!
 

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15 Charles Piutau, 14 Andrew Trimble, 13 Tommy Bowe, 12 Stuart McCloskey, 11 Louis Ludik, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 John Cooney, 8 Marcell Coetzee, 7 Chris Henry (captain), 6 Jean Deysel, 5 Alan O’Connor, 4 Robbie Diack, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Rob Herring, 1 Kyle McCall.

Good to see him back in action!
 
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