Dates Confirmed for Guinness PRO14 Restart

The 2019/20 Guinness PRO14 season will restart across all five competing territories on Saturday, August 22nd.

The Final will take place on Saturday, September 12th and the new season will commence on October 3rd.

The dates was agreed at the PRO14 Board meeting held online last week and have now been notified to all the relevant authorities and teams.

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The tournament team at PRO14 Rugby has worked alongside key medical personnel at each of the unions and clubs as well as key stakeholders including World Rugby to map out a return to action that will be welcomed by fans, broadcasters and sponsors.

The 2019/20 season will have an abbreviated finish that features the most attractive match-ups and local rivalries from the Guinness PRO14 with two rounds of derby games in each territory counting towards final positions.

This will cut the regular season from 21 game rounds to 15.

The postponed Round 13 fixtures between Zebre and Ospreys and Benetton and Ulster have now been deemed 0-0 draws and all four teams will have two points added to their totals as a result.

Rankings for European qualification for the 2020/21 season will be decided on the Conference table positions from Round 13, which means that all four of the Irish provinces will be pout forward for inclusion in next season’s Heineken European Cup, when the format for that is agreed by ECPR.

Derby rounds in Italy, Scotland and South Africa will see the two teams from each territory play back-to-back fixtures. The derby fixtures for the teams in Ireland and Wales have yet to be confirmed and will be announced in line with kick-off times and broadcast selections.

The season will be concluded across four consecutive weekends with the Guinness PRO14 Final targeted for Saturday, September 12. The two teams which finish top of their conferences will qualify for a semi-final stage in order to compete for places in the Final.

The venues for these games will be determined once the competing teams are known and public health guidelines are taken into account.

“Safety has been, and will continue to be, the highest priority as we look to activate our plans to restart the 2019/20 season,” said Tournament Director David Jordan.

“We are very fortunate to be in a position where everyone involved is confident that we can conclude the season on the field of play.”

“The work and diligence of our leading medical personnel at our unions, our clubs, World Rugby and key stakeholders to get us to this point has been immense.”

“Operating across five territories often brings different complexities to the Guinness PRO14 but our unions have worked hard to bring proposals to their governments so we may put plans into action.”

Proposed Game Rounds

  • Round 14: Saturday, August 22
  • Round 15: Saturday, August 29
  • Semi-Finals: Saturday, September 5
  • Final: Saturday, September 12

Read more of our recent coverage of the Guinness PRO14 Tournament here, including an exclusive lockdown interview with Commercial and Marketing Director Dermot Rigley.

 

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