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Wed 23 Sep 2020 | 03:59

Monday games for new Pro14 season

Monday games for new Pro14 season
Wed 23 Sep 2020 | 03:59
Monday games for new Pro14 season
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PRO14 SCHEDULE: The Pro14 will break new ground as it introduces prime-time Monday rugby to its schedule for the upcoming 2020/21 season.

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With the new campaign less than two weeks away, dates and times have been confirmed for the first eight weeks of action. The first Monday game will occur in Round Three when Munster host Cardiff Blues at Thomond Park on October 26.

In total, 14 Monday fixtures will take place between Rounds Three and Eight with scheduling aimed at preventing direct clashes with the extended international calendar.

With the finale of the Six Nations and the Nations Cup taking place from October through to early December, the majority of Pro14 fixtures during this time will take place on Sundays and Mondays.

Rounds NIne, 10 and 11 of the Pro14 will feature the fierce derby matches across the UK, Ireland and Italy and the scheduling for those games will occur in due course.

‘Innovative Solution’

Dominic McKay, Chairman of Pro14 Rugby, said: “Thanks to the buy-in and support from our teams and broadcasters we believe we have delivered an innovative solution to the challenges posed to us by the international rugby calendar. Playing on Mondays provides the Pro14 with a unique platform in the rugby market and enables us to make the most of playing through such a busy time for our sport.

“The task of assembling these fixtures in such a short space of time have been immense given the parameters involved and I’d like to thank Tournament Director David Jordan and his team for their tireless work to get us to this point.”

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Martin Anayi, CEO of PRO14 Rugby, said: “In a time of such uncertainty we are incredibly grateful to our broadcast partners and sponsors for their continued support. No business has been unaffected by the pandemic, but the team spirit and willingness displayed by our broadcasters, our title sponsor Guinness and partners such as Gilbert and Macron has really encouraging. Sport is as important as it ever has been in society, our partners recognise that and are keen to play a vital role in keeping rugby front and center.”

The season itself will kick-off on Friday, October 2 with Parma hosting the first fixture of the 2020/21 season as Cardiff Blues travel to Italy. This will be followed by Ulster’s home game with Benetton and defending champions Leinster will entertain Dragons in Dublin.

Round One concludes on Saturday, October 3 with Scarlets taking on Munster, Connacht hosting Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh facing off against Ospreys.

Full fixtures and kick-off times can be viewed at: https://www.pro14.rugby/match-centre/2020/1

Scheduling and Format

The Pro14 Conferences will remain the same as for the 2019/20 season in keeping with the two-year rotation of the tables. As alluded to earlier, discussions are under way with the South African Rugby Union to enter a team in place of the Southern Kings in 2021.

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As a result of travel restrictions to and from South Africa due to Covid-19 restrictions, the first 11 games of the upcoming Pro14 season will feature European-based teams only. Plans are in place for South African teams to resume playing in 2021, but they will not be able to play a full schedule.

With the pandemic conditions varying across each of our competing territories the full fixture list cannot be published at this point.

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Monday games for new Pro14 season | Rugby365