GUINNESS PRO14 RUGBY RETURNS LIVE ON PREMIER SPORTS IN FOUR WEEKS TIME
All the excitement of live PRO14 rugby will be back on Premier Sports TV in a month’s time as fixtures and kick-times have now been confirmed.
The restart of the Guinness PRO14 on August 21st sees an abbreviated schedule featuring the most attractive match-ups and rivalries to conclude the 2019/20 season with two rounds of derby games in each territory counting towards final positions. Matches played to round 15 with then followed by semi-finals and a final across four action packed weeks.
Premier Sports will once again be broadcasting every single game live across its channels.
Round 14 will kick-off in Italy on Friday, August 21 with Benetton Rugby welcoming Zebre to Treviso live on Premier Sports 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, August 28 to Sunday, August 30.
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.
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 know 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.”
Richard Webb, Director of Channel Operations at Premier Sports said: “We are pleased to now have confirmed fixture dates and times for what promises to be a thrilling conclusion to the Guinness PRO14. Premier Sports will once again be broadcasting every single game live and we look forward to bringing rugby fans all the action with tightly contested derbies and a highly anticipated Final series.
Guinness PRO14 Restart Fixtures - LIVE ON PREMIER SPORTS
Fri August 21
Benetton Rugby v Zebre | Stadio Monigo, Treviso at 19:00
Sat August 22
Scarlets v Cardiff Blues | Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli at 15:00
Edinburgh v Glasgow Warriors | BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh at 17:15
Leinster v Munster | Aviva Stadium, Dublin at 19:35
Sunday, August 23
Ospreys v Dragons | Liberty Stadium, Swansea at 14:15
Connacht v Ulster | Aviva Stadium, Dublin at 16:30
Friday, August 28
Glasgow Warriors v Edinburgh | BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh at 19:35
Saturday, August 29
Dragons v Scarlets | Rodney Parade, Newport at 17:15
Ulster v Leinster | Aviva Stadium, Dublin at 19:35
Sunday, August 30
Munster v Connacht | Aviva Stadium, Dublin at 15:00
Cardiff Blues v Ospreys | Rodney Parade, Newport at 17:00
Zebre v Benetton Rugby | Stadio Lanfranchi, Parma at 20:00
Guinness PRO14 Final Series
Semi-Finals: To be played on the weekend of September 4/5/6
Finals: To be played on Saturday, September 12