Guinness PRO14 Final for Dublin?

There are news reports this morning that the Aviva Stadium will host next May’s historic first Guinness PRO14 Final.

The Tournament is having it’s Dublin launch tomorrow morning at which the news of a return to Dublin will likely for formally confirmed.

With two South African teams in the mix and two conferences from which teams will emerge to the knockout phase, it promises to be a milestone year for the competition

The 2017 Final took place in Dublin and drew a crowd of 45,566 for the match between Munster and the Scarlets. That would certainly have been a sell out if Leinster had beaten the Scarlets and a likely strong Irish performance again has no doubt played in the minds of organisers.

Previous ‘destination’ finals have been held in Ulster Rugby’s Kingspan Stadium and in Edinburgh when Connacht toppled Leinster to claim their first ever major trophy.

This year’s competition gets underway on Friday, September 1st. All the traditional local derbies will still be in place but Connacht and Munster will be competing in one conference and Leinster and Ulster in the other.

It will be similar in construct to the NFL where teams play against rivals from outside their own league but with whatever points are accrued counting in their own individual divisional races.

Sport for Business will be live at the Aviva Stadium tomorrow morning for the Guinness PRO14 launch and will be carrying a series in the run-up to the start of the season looking at off field developments in each of the provinces over the summer months.

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