Pro14 2018


Super Moderator
Feb 23, 2005
Guinness PRO14 Fixtures for the 2018/19 season (all kick-off times are local):


Friday, August 31

19h35 Cardiff Blues v Leinster Rugby, Cardiff Arms Park
19h35 Ospreys Rugby v Edinburgh Rugby, Liberty Stadium

Saturday, September 1

15h00 Connacht Rugby v Glasgow Warriors, The Sportsground
17h15 Ulster Rugby v Scarlets, Kingspan Stadium
17h15 Munster Rugby v Toyota Cheetahs, venue TBC
19h35 Dragons v Benetton Rugby, Rodney Parade
20h35 Zebre Rugby Club v Southern Kings, Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi


Friday, September 7

19h35 Glasgow Warriors v Munster Rugby, Scotstoun Stadium
19h35 Ulster Rugby v Edinburgh Rugby, Kingspan Stadium

Saturday, September 8

15h00 Dragons v Southern Kings, Rodney Parade
17h15 Connacht Rugby v Zebre Rugby Club, The Sportsground
17h30 Ospreys Rugby v Toyota Cheetahs, Liberty Stadium
19h35 Scarlets v Leinster Rugby, Parc y Scarlets
20h35 Benetton Rugby v Cardiff Blues, Stadio Monigo


Friday, September 14

19h35 Edinburgh Rugby v Connacht Rugby, BT Murrayfield
19h35 Munster Rugby v Ospreys Rugby, Irish Independent Park

Saturday, September 15

17h15 Scarlets v Benetton Rugby, Parc y Scarlets
17h15 Leinster Rugby v Dragons, RDS Arena
19h30 Toyota Cheetahs v Glasgow Warriors, Toyota Stadium
20h35 Zebre Rugby Club v Cardiff Blues, Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi

Sunday, September 16

14h15 Southern Kings v Ulster Rugby, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium


Friday, September 21

19h15 Toyota Cheetahs v Ulster Rugby, Toyota Stadium
19h35 Cardiff Blues v Munster Rugby, Cardiff Arms Park

Saturday, September 22

15h00 Southern Kings v Glasgow Warriors, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
17h15 Connacht Rugby v Scarlets, The Sportsground
17h15 Dragons v Zebre Rugby Club, Rodney Parade
19h35 Leinster Rugby v Edinburgh Rugby, RDS Arena
19h35 Ospreys Rugby v Benetton Rugby, Liberty Stadium


Friday, September 28

19h35 Cardiff Blues v Toyota Cheetahs, Cardiff Arms Park
19h35 Edinburgh Rugby v Benetton Rugby, BT Murrayfield

Saturday, September 29

16h00 Zebre Rugby Club v Ospreys Rugby, Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
17h15 Connacht Rugby v Leinster Rugby, venue TBC
18h30 Scarlets v Southern Kings, venue TBC
19h35 Glasgow Warriors v Dragons, venue TBC
19h35 Munster Rugby v Ulster Rugby, venue TBC


Friday, October 5

19h35 Edinburgh Rugby v Toyota Cheetahs, BT Murrayfield
19h35 Glasgow Warriors v Zebre Rugby, Scotstoun Stadium
19h35 Ulster Rugby v Connacht Rugby, Kingspan Stadium

Saturday, October 6

15h00 Scarlets v Ospreys Rugby, Parc y Scarlets
17h15 Dragons v Cardiff Blues, Rodney Parade
18h00 Leinster Rugby v Munster Rugby, Aviva Stadium
20h00 Benetton Rugby v Southern Kings, Stadio Monigo


Friday, October 26

19h00 Southern Kings v Scarlets, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
19h55 Ulster Rugby v Dragons, Kingspan Stadium
20h00 Zebre v Edinburgh Rugby, Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi

Saturday, October 27

16h00 Benetton Rugby v Leinster Rugby, Stadio Monigo
17h15 Munster Rugby v Glasgow Warriors, Thomond Park
19h15 Toyota Cheetahs v Cardiff Blues, Toyota Stadium

October 26/27/28

TBC Ospreys v Connacht, Liberty Stadium


Friday, November 2

19h35 Edinburgh Rugby v Scarlets, BT Murrayfield
19h35 Ospreys Rugby v Glasgow Warriors, Liberty Stadium

Saturday, November 3

16h00 Benetton Rugby v Ulster Rugby, Stadio Monigo
17h15 Connacht Rugby v Dragons, Sportsground

Sunday, November 4

14h45 Cardiff Blues v Zebre, Cardiff Arms Park
14h45 Southern Kings v Leinster Rugby, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
16h45 Toyota Cheetahs v Munster Rugby, Toyota Stadium


Friday, November 23

19h35 Glasgow Warriors v Cardiff Blues, Scotstoun
19h35 Leinster Rugby v Ospreys Rugby, RDS Arena
19h35 Scarlets v Ulster Rugby, Parc y Scarlets

Saturday, November 24

14h30 Toyota Cheetahs v Benetton Rugby, Toyota Stadium

Sunday, November 25

15h00 Southern Kings v Connacht Rugby, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
16h30 Zebre v Munster Rugby, Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
17h30 Dragons v Edinburgh Rugby, Rodney Parade


Friday, November 30

19h35 Ospreys Rugby v Zebre, Liberty Stadium
19h35 Munster Rugby v Edinburgh Rugby, Irish Independent Park

Saturday, December 1

15h00 Ulster Rugby v Cardiff Blues, Kingspan Stadium
17h00 Toyota Cheetahs v Connacht Rugby, Toyota Stadium
17h15 Glasgow Warriors v Scarlets, Scotstoun Stadium
17h15 Dragons v Leinster Rugby, Rodney Parade
19h15 Southern Kings v Benetton Rugby, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium


Friday, December 21

19h35 Ulster Rugby v Munster Rugby, Kingspan Stadium

Saturday, December 22

15h00 Ospreys Rugby v Scarlets, Liberty Stadium
17h15 Cardiff Blues v Dragons, Cardiff Arms Park
17h15 Edinburgh Rugby v Glasgow Warriors, BT Murrayfield Stadium
19h45 Leinster Rugby v Connacht Rugby, RDS Arena
TBC Zebre v Benetton Rugby, Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi


Friday, December 28

19h35 Connacht Rugby v Ulster Rugby, Sportsground

Saturday, December 29

TBC Benetton Rugby v Zebre, Stadio Monigo
15h00 Glasgow Warriors v Edinburgh Rugby, Scotstoun
17h15 Munster Rugby v Leinster Rugby, Thomond Park
17h15 Scarlets v Cardiff Blues, Parc y Scarlets

Sunday, December 30

15h00 Dragons v Ospreys Rugby, Rodney Parade


Saturday, January 5

15h00 Benetton Rugby v Glasgow Warriors, Stadio Monigo
17h15 Leinster Rugby v Ulster Rugby, RDS Arena
17h15 Scarlets v Dragons, Parc y Scarlets
19h35 Edinburgh Rugby v Southern Kings, BT Murrayfield
19h35 Connacht Rugby v Munster Rugby, Sportsground

Sunday, January 6

14h00 Zebre v Toyota Cheetahs, Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi

January 4/5/6

TBC Ospreys Rugby v Cardiff Blues


Saturday, January 19

TBC Southern Kings v Toyota Cheetahs, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium


Friday, January 25

19h35 Glasgow Warriors v Ospreys Rugby, Scotstoun Stadium
19h35 Leinster Rugby v Scarlets, RDS Arena
19h35 Ulster Rugby v Benetton Rugby, Kingspan Stadium

Saturday, January 26

15h00 Dragons v Munster Rugby, Rodney Parade
15h00 Toyota Cheetahs v Zebre, Toyota Stadium
17h15 Cardiff Blues v Connacht Rugby, Cardiff Arms Park
17h15 Southern Kings v Edinburgh Rugby, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium


Saturday, February 2

16h00 Toyota Cheetahs v Southern Kings, Toyota Stadium


Friday, February 15

19h35 Edinburgh Rugby v Dragons, BT Murrayfield
19h35 Munster Rugby v Southern Kings, Irish Independent Park

Saturday, February 16

16h00 Zebre v Leinster Rugby, Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
17h30 Connacht Rugby v Toyota Cheetahs, Sportsground
18h15 Benetton Rugby v Scarlets, Stadio Monigo
19h35 Cardiff Blues v Glasgow Warriors, Cardiff Arms Park

February 15/16/17

TBC Ospreys Rugby v Ulster Rugby, Liberty Stadium


Friday, February 22

19h35 Glasgow Warriors v Connacht Rugby, Scotstoun Stadium
19h35 Ospreys Rugby v Munster Rugby, Liberty Stadium
19h55 Leinster Rugby v Southern Kings, RDS Arena

Saturday, February 23

14h00 Benetton Rugby v Dragons, Stadio Monigo
19h35 Edinburgh Rugby v Cardiff Blues, BT Murrayfield
19h35 Ulster Rugby v Zebre, Kingspan Stadium

Sunday, February 24

TBC Scarlets v Toyota Cheetahs, Parc y Scarlets


Friday, March 1

19h35 Leinster Rugby v Toyota Cheetahs, RDS Arena

Saturday, March 2

14h45 Connacht Rugby v Ospreys Rugby, Sportsground
16h00 Benetton Rugby v Edinburgh Rugby, Stadio Monigo
17h00 Scarlets v Munster Rugby, Parc y Scarlets
18h15 Zebre v Glasgow Warriors, Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
19h35 Cardiff Blues v Southern Kings, Cardiff Arms Park

Sunday, March 3

15h00 Dragons v Ulster Rugby, Rodney Parade


March 22/23/24

Cardiff Blues v Scarlets
Connacht Rugby v Benetton Rugby
Edinburgh Rugby v Leinster Rugby
Glasgow Warriors v Toyota Cheetahs
Munster Rugby v Zebre
Ospreys Rugby v Dragons
Ulster Rugby v Southern Kings


April 5/6/7

Toyota Cheetahs v Ospreys Rugby
Glasgow Warriors v Ulster Rugby
Southern Kings v Dragons
Leinster Rugby v Benetton Rugby
Munster Rugby v Cardiff Blues
Scarlets v Edinburgh Rugby
Zebre v Connacht Rugby


April 12/13/14

Toyota Cheetahs v Dragons
Connacht Rugby v Cardiff Blues
Edinburgh Rugby v Ulster Rugby
Southern Kings v Ospreys
Leinster Rugby v Glasgow Warriors
Scarlets v Zebre
Benetton Rugby v Munster Rugby


April 26/27/28

Cardiff Blues v Ospreys Rugby
Toyota Cheetahs v Southern Kings
Dragons v Scarlets
Glasgow Warriors v Edinburgh Rugby
Munster Rugby v Connacht Rugby
Ulster Rugby v Leinster Rugby
Zebre v Benetton Rugby

Final Stages:

Quarter-finals Stage - May 3/4/5

Semi-finals - May 17/18/19

Guinness PRO14 Final - May 2


Executive Member
Sep 4, 2013
Are the Kings attracting new talent for this season?
Cheetahs ins:

Aidon Davis from France Bayonne
Louis Fouché from Japan Kubota Spears
Clinton Swart from Japan Toyota Verblitz return from short-term deal
Henco Venter from Japan Toshiba Brave Lupus return from short-term deal
Tian Schoeman from France Bordeaux
Dries Swanepoel from South Africa Bulls

Kings ins:

Sarel Pretorius from Wales Dragons
[Fiji] Meli Rokoua from Portugal AEIS Agronomia
JC Astle from France Mont-de-Marsan
Schalk Oelofse from France Mont-de-Marsan


Honorary Master
Jun 4, 2005
Are the Kings attracting new talent for this season?
Cheetahs ins:

Aidon Davis from France Bayonne
Louis Fouché from Japan Kubota Spears
Clinton Swart from Japan Toyota Verblitz return from short-term deal
Henco Venter from Japan Toshiba Brave Lupus return from short-term deal
Tian Schoeman from France Bordeaux
Dries Swanepoel from South Africa Bulls

Kings ins:

Sarel Pretorius from Wales Dragons
[Fiji] Meli Rokoua from Portugal AEIS Agronomia
JC Astle from France Mont-de-Marsan
Schalk Oelofse from France Mont-de-Marsan


Executive Member
Sep 4, 2013


Masixole Banda
Yaw Penxe


Michael Makase
Sbusiso Sithole
Yaw Penxe

Berton Klaasen
Meli Rokoua


Oliver Zono
Pieter-Steyn de Wet


Rudi van Rooyen
Sarel Pretorius


Andisa Ntsila
Bobby de Wee
CJ Velonleman
Jurie van Vuuren
Lubabalo Mtyanda
Ruaan Lerm


Bobby de Wee
Dries van Schalkwyk
Jurie van Vuuren
Lubabalo Mtyanda
JC Astle
Schalk Oelofse


Alandre van Rooyen
Michael Willemse


Justin Forwood
Luvuyo Pupuma
Martin Dreyer
Pieter Rossouw de Klerk
Schalk Ferreira


Executive Member
Sep 4, 2013
The fixtures for the PRO14 Conferences will remain unchanged for the upcoming season to ensure a balance of fixtures for all teams across the initial two seasons following expansion.

This decision comes after consultation with clubs across the PRO14 to determine the best course of action for the Championship and all of the teams who compete in it.

The overriding factor in this decision was the ability to ensure equal home and away fixtures for each team across a two-year window. It also means that each team will have played away to all of the other sides in that same period meaning no fan will miss out on the diverse spread of talent that exists in the PRO14.


Executive Member
Sep 4, 2013
Kings’ provisional squad:

JC Astle, Masixole Banda, Tienie Burger, Pieter de Klerk, Bobby de Wee, Pieter-Steyn de Wet, Martin Dreyer, Schalk Ferreira, Justin Forwood, Harlon Klaasen, Berton Klaasen, Ruaan Lerm, Michael Makase, Lubabalo Mtyanda, Andisa Ntsila, Schalk Oelofse, Yaw Penxe, Sarel Pretorius, Luvuyo Pupuma, Meli Rokoua, Pieter Scholtz, Sibusiso Sithole, Alandre van Rooyen, Rudi van Rooyen, Dries van Schalkwyk, Jurie van Vuuren, CJ Velleman, Michael Willemse, Oliver Zono.


Executive Member
Sep 4, 2013

New to the Toyota Cheetah family
Posted on Monday, August 06, 2018
The Toyota Free State Cheetahs will open their 2018 Currie Cup campaign by playing against the 4 strongest teams in the 1st four weeks of the competition.

The Currie Cup Premier division kicks off on Friday 17 August with the Toyota Free State Cheetahs playing the Blue Bulls in their 1st home game of the season, in Bloemfontein at Toyota Stadium. They will then go on to play Western Provence at their home ground in Cape Town on Saturday 25 August, followed by another home game in Bloemfontein against the Sharks on Saturday 1 September, and the Lions in Johannesburg on Saturday the 8th of September.
“This year the players know what to expect and I have full confidence that they will adapt much sooner.”
“There are various challenges that comes with the PRO14, both on and off the field. You play against several different teams including their respective international players.”
“We will utilise over 50 players in both competitions.
The full squad will be announced at the season launch on the 14th of August.”

New players in the squad are:
Rudy Paige (scrumhalf, Bulls), Adriaan Carelse (fullback, Boland), Tian Schoeman (flyhalf, Bordeaux), Louis Fouche (flyhalf, Kubota Spears), Ruben de Haas (scrumhalf, USA), Dries Swanepoel (centre, Bulls), Benhard Janse van Rensburg (utility back, Sharks), Walt Steenkamp (lock, Leopards), JP du Preez (lock, Lions), Aidon Davis (loose forward, Toulon), Louis Conradie (lock, Boland).


Executive Member
Sep 4, 2013
The team makes a player good – Swanepoel

The signature of the 25-year-old centre, Dries Swanepoel, was one of the biggest the Toyota Cheetahs secured during the off-season, heading into the upcoming Currie Cup and Guinness Pro14.
By the same token, losing their captain, Francois Venter, to the Worcester Warriors in England, was arguably their biggest exit following the Pro14 in May.
Swanepoel, who captained Grey College and formed a dominant centre combination with Jan Serfontein, returned to the City of Roses after joining the Bulls straight after school.
While Serfontein went on to become a Springbok while playing for the Bulls, Swanepoel was on the receiving end of numerous injuries which saw his professional career never really hitting the heights that it should have.
Swanepoel, who is considered to be the ideal replacement for Venter, told Courant that going to the Bulls and coming back to the Free State is all about opportunity.
“I went to Pretoria after school and the biggest part of that decision was for opportunity. That is why I find myself back in the Free State as well, for opportunity.
“I had a few injuries over there, but a lot of players pick up injuries. To become a great player and to be competitive at all levels you have to overcome those injuries because it is a part of the game.
“It is nice to be home. I’m really comfortable with the way the Free State play.
“We all know that Free State are an attacking side, a running side, a side that likes shifting the ball and offloading, so I am really keen to be a part of that.”
The hard-hitting midfielder nearly had a taste of European rugby towards the backend of the previous Pro14, however, never got to play for Munster in the competition. While he trained with the Irish outfit during their two-match tour of South Africa, he never went back to Limerick with the team.
“I was a part of Johann van Graan’s squad at Munster. The only reason that I didn’t go over was that my work permit in Ireland didn’t work out.
“As it was taking too long they decided to cancel the short-term contract I had with them. It was quite disappointing. Luckily I have an opportunity to play Pro14 again here at the Cheetahs.
“I hope that coach Franco will back me and that I also that I will mean something to the team.
“I’ve always believed that a team makes a player good, so I’m really excited to be good in this squad and to help make our players good as well.”
Swanepoel did learn a thing or two with Munster and according to him, South Africans can learn a fair deal from their counterparts in the Northern Hemisphere.
“The biggest thing that I’ve learnt while training with Munster is that I don’t think that they necessarily have better players than anyone in the competition, but their discipline is really exceptional.
“From the coaching staff to the players and everything else, their discipline is really good. I do think that this is one of the big things that South African players and rugby can sharpen quite a bit.”
The Cheetahs open their Pro14 campaign against Munster on 1 September in Ireland, but first, they tackle the Blue Bulls on Friday in the opening match of the Currie Cup. Swanepoel might very well be making his official Free State debut in that match against this former team. – MORGAN PIEK