We know it will be one of Leinster or Munster in the Final of the Guinness PRO14 at the Aviva Stadium on May 26th. We also know that the game will be finished in time to allow fans, and maybe even players take in Liverpool’s appearance in the UEFA Champions’ League Final that same evening.
In a change announced yesterday, after agreement with all four teams who might be involved and broadcast partners TG4 and Sky Sports, the game will now kick-off 30 minutes earlier at 6 pm on Saturday, May 26
“The first-ever Guinness PRO14 Final is going to be an occasion for hardcore supporters of both finalists, the wider rugby community and fans who have a passion for all sports,” read a statement issued yesterday afternoon.
“Once the finalists for the Champions League were confirmed, PRO14 Rugby immediately set about working to change the kick-off time of the Guinness PRO14 Final.”
“This decision was taken in order to accommodate fans in stadium or at home who wish to enjoy the drama and excitement of the Guinness PRO14 Final and also take in the Champions League Final afterwards.”
“Supporters attending the game will be able to view the Champions League Final on a big screen at the Official Guinness PRO14 Dublin 7s Fanzone at Old Belvedere Rugby Club.”
It’s a smart move by the organisers and one which recognises both the appeal of Liverpool in Ireland but also the nature of Irish sports fans who are always as interested in one big event as another.
Fans travelling to Bilbao on Saturday for the European Champions’ Cup Final between Leinster and Racing 92 will no doubt take comfort from the fact that the Eurovision Song Contest will be shown on Spanish TV and that the game will be over, and hopefully won, before Ryan O’Shaughnessy takes to the stage.
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