27 Jul 2020
Fixtures and kick-off times for the return of the Guinness PRO14 from 21 August 2020 can now be confirmed after consultation with clubs and broadcasters.
An abbreviated schedule will see the 2019/20 Guinness PRO14 regular season run to 15 rounds followed by Semi-finals and a Final across four consecutive weeks.
Round 14 will kick-off in Italy on Friday, 21 August with Benetton Rugby welcoming Zebre to Treviso before a jam-packed Saturday schedule delivers a feast of mouth-watering derby action in the UK and Ireland.
In Wales, Scarlets face Cardiff Blues in Llanelli upon their return to rugby with head coach Glenn Delaney taking charge of the hosts for the very first time. That game will be followed by Edinburgh’s clash with Glasgow Warriors in the Scottish capital and the final game on Saturday sees Munster visit Aviva Stadium in Dublin, where Leinster are looking to extend their record unbeaten run of 14 games in the Guinness PRO14.
The opening weekend rounds off on Sunday with Ospreys taking on Dragons in Swansea and Connacht facing Ulster in Dublin. Round 15 will again feature derbies across the UK, Ireland and Italy across Friday, 28 August to Sunday, 30 August.
SOUTH AFRICAN DERBIES
At this point, no dates have been fixed for the Guinness PRO14 derby games between the Toyota Cheetahs and the Isuzu Southern Kings. Due to the current conditions of the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa, both teams have only been allowed to return to non-contact training this week. PRO14 Rugby remains in constant dialogue with SA Rugby and the clubs and aim to identify appropriate dates for the two derbies when possible.
TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR COMMENT
David Jordan, Tournament Director of the Guinness PRO14, said: “So far we have been encouraged by the developments that have allowed all of our teams to return to training. Thanks to the great efforts of our clubs and unions, the willingness of governments and the support of our broadcasters we now have a fixture list to look forward to.
“Everyone who makes our games possible has had to adapt to a new way of working under the restrictions of the pandemic and the response of all our key stakeholders has been very impressive. With these fixtures now confirmed we are all geared to safe delivery of these games and to the welcome return of rugby after such a long period without the sport.”
GUINNESS PRO14 RESTART FIXTURES – ROUND 14 & 15
Friday, 21 August
Benetton Rugby v Zebre at Stadio Monigo, Treviso
Saturday, 22 August
Scarlets v Cardiff Blues at Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli
Edinburgh v Glasgow Warriors at BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Leinster v Munster at Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Sunday, 23 August
Ospreys v Dragons at Liberty Stadium, Swansea
Connacht v Ulster at Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Friday, 28 August
Glasgow Warriors v Edinburgh at BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Saturday, 29 August
Dragons v Scarlets at Rodney Parade, Newport
Ulster v Leinster at Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Sunday, 30 August
Munster v Connacht at Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Cardiff Blues v Ospreys at Rodney Parade, Newport
Zebre v Benetton Rugby at Stadio Lanfranchi, Parma
GUINNESS PRO14 FINAL SERIES
Semi-Finals: To be played on the weekend of 4/5/6 September
Finals: To be played on Saturday, 12 September