Rainbow Cup: Plans for 'North v South' final in Europe
SPOTLIGHT: PRO14 Rainbow Cup is set to culminate in a historic ‘North v South’ Final on June 19.
After the original planned Pro14 Rainbow Cup between South African franchised – Bulls, Sharks, Stormers and Lions – and the Pro14 was abandoned due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Pro14 produced a new updated plan to ensure the best of North face the best of the South.
The Pro14 released a statement on Friday revealing that the dual Rainbow Cup tournaments operating in Europe and South Africa will tie together to produce one winner, which means teh winning team from between Ireland, Italy, Wales, and Scotland will play the first-place team from South Africa – either the Bulls, Lions, Sharks or Stormers next month.
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The Pro14 organisers stated that “planning is now at an advanced stage and all written approvals are expected imminently for the game to take place at a European venue,”
The statement added: “At this stage in the process it was important for teams, their fans, broadcasters and sponsors to hear of these developments ahead of this weekend’s Rainbow Cup games in Europe and South Africa.
“The Northern representative in the final shall be the team who finishes first in the table among the 12 teams in the PRO14 Rainbow Cup while the Southern representative shall be the side who ranks first in the Rainbow Cup SA competition.
“Further details on the ‘North v South’ PRO14 Rainbow Cup Final will be provided next week.”