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Re: Pro 14 2018/19

Postby Bart S » Wed Mar 06, 2019 1:01 am

UlsterNo9 wrote:Shane Logan set to be announced CEO of North Wales RFC


Announce world domination and then disappear for the next 3 months as there is a sh1tstorm brewing and someone else should be sent out to cop the flak for that.
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Re: Pro 14 2018/19

Postby Neill_M » Wed Mar 06, 2019 2:13 pm

In late December, the Scarlets received a high-level approach from the Ospreys to explore the option of a merger as they had come to the conclusion that their position as tenants at the Liberty Stadium was proving to be challenging. This was discussed at the two-day strategy meeting of PRB on January 8th and 9th. The loss of a region would have put Welsh rugby in breach of its commitment to having four regions playing in the major competitions. As a result, the option of a team playing out of North Wales was raised.

By the time of the next PRB meeting on February 5, discussions had broken down between the Scarlets and Ospreys and we were told that the Ospreys and another region were in talks over a possible merger, again with North Wales being the option to maintain four teams. Subsequently, those discussions also broke down and we were approached again last week by the Ospreys to reconsider a merger.

Heads of terms were agreed and signed by the Ospreys and Scarlets on March 1 on terms we believe our supporters would be happy with. This was to be proposed at a meeting of the PRB on Tuesday afternoon, but we were told at the start of that meeting that the Ospreys had changed their mind. The merger is off the table.

https://www.scarlets.wales/en/team-news ... verywhere/
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Re: Pro 14 2018/19

Postby Dave » Wed Mar 06, 2019 4:55 pm

Bluenoses are out on social media in force over this story. All with the same 'joke' claiming other provinces are already merging with Leinster. It's hilarious after the 25th time.
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Re: Pro 14 2018/19

Postby Shan » Wed Mar 06, 2019 5:19 pm

Dave wrote:Bluenoses are out on social media in force over this story. All with the same 'joke' claiming other provinces are already merging with Leinster. It's hilarious after the 25th time.


Yeah some "jokes" are done to death. The one about McCloskey for Ireland continues to run here and the equally ludicrous one about Haley for Ireland continues to run on MF. New material needed badly.
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Re: Pro 14 2018/19

Postby Dave » Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:03 pm

Shan wrote:
Dave wrote:Bluenoses are out on social media in force over this story. All with the same 'joke' claiming other provinces are already merging with Leinster. It's hilarious after the 25th time.


Yeah some "jokes" are done to death. The one about McCloskey for Ireland continues to run here and the equally ludicrous one about Haley for Ireland continues to run on MF. New material needed badly.
McCloskey is having a great season for Ulster. I hope his non-selection for Ireland continues.
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Re: Pro 14 2018/19

Postby Neill_M » Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:28 am

Shane Logan has been found.....

A consortium of Eastern Cape business people has acquired a controlling interest in the Isuzu Southern Kings rugby franchise, SA Rugby was delighted to confirm on Friday.

SA Rugby sold a 74 percent shareholding in SA Super Rugby (Pty) Ltd, the Isuzu Southern Kings’ holding company, to a company called The Greatest Rugby Company in the Whole Wide World (Pty) Ltd (GRC). The Eastern Province Rugby Union (EPRU) has acquired the balance of 26 percent of the shares.


http://www.skings.co.za/eastern-cape-co ... ern-kings/
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Re: Pro 14 2018/19

Postby Dave » Fri Mar 08, 2019 11:14 am

That has to be him.
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Re: Pro 14 2018/19

Postby Neill_M » Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:58 am

https://www.irishtimes.com/sport/rugby/ ... -1.3822096


Next season’s Pro 14 campaign will begin four weeks later than usual and games will continue during the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

The competition will kick off on Friday, September 27th and there will be three rounds of games before a break for the weekend of the World Cup quarter-finals on October 19th and 20th. It will resume for round four on October 25th and there will also be a full round the following weekend when the World Cup final takes place in Tokyo on November 2nd.

Then there will be a further series of league games a week later before a break for two weeks when the opening two rounds of the Champions Cup takes place on the weekends starting November 15th and 22nd. Clubs have been told that a further round of the Pro 14 will take place on the final weekend in November before breaking again for the third and fourth series of European games on December 6th and 13th. The usual Christmas derby games will then be scheduled with the two remaining rounds of European pool action on the weekends starting January 10th and 17th, 2020. The Pro 14 is expected to confirm its schedule in the coming weeks, almost six months after the French and English announced their plans for the 2019-20 season.

It is believed that uncertainty over the number of South African teams participating – there were strong suggestions a year ago that two more teams were planning on joining – may have been a factor in the delay announcing the schedule. The uncertainty over the regional situation in Wales is not believed to be a factor as the WRU is committed to fielding fourth teams. The Top 14 in France will, as usual, gets under way in late August with four rounds of games planned prior to the World Cup and another four while the competition is taking place in Japan.

The Premiership in England will not commence until the weekend of the World Cup quarter-final on October 20th. The English clubs will participate in a domestic cup competition prior to the World Cup, while the Premiership final has been put back to June 20th, 2020 as they embark on an 11-month season with defined breaks in-season for players. The Top 14 final will take place on June 26th, 2020, while a date and venue for the Pro 14 final is expected to be announced in the coming weeks amid speculation in South Africa that the tournament decider could be hosted there.
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Re: Pro 14 2018/19

Postby Neill_M » Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:16 am

Early 2019/20 season.

Fri Sep 27 - Sun Sep 29 Pro 14 Round 1 / RWC Group Phase
Fri Oct 4 - Sun Oct 6 Pro 14 Round 2 / RWC Group Phase
Fri Oct 11 - Sun Oct 13 Pro 14 Round 3 / RWC Group Phase
Sat Oct 19 - Sun Oct 20 RWC QF
Fri Oct 25 - Sun Oct 27 Pro 14 Round 4 / RWC SF
Fri Nov 1 - Sun Nov 3 Pro 14 Round 5 / RWC Final and 3rd place game
Fri Nov 8 - Sun Nov 10 Pro 14 Round 6
Fri Nov 15 - Sun Nov 17 Heiny Round 1
Fri Nov 22 - Sun Nov 24 Heiny Round 2
Fri Nov 29 - Sun Dec 1 Pro 14 Round 7
Fri Dec 6 - Sun Dec 8 Heiny Round 3
Fri Dec 13 - Sun Dec 15 Heiny Round 4
Fri Dec 20 - Sun Dec 22 Pro 14 Round 8
Fri Dec 27 - Sun Dec 29 Pro 14 Round 9
Fri Jan 3 - Sun Jan 5 Pro 14 Round 10
Fri Jan 10 - Sun Jan 12 Heiny Round 5
Fri Jan 17 - Sun Jan 19 Heiny Round 6
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Re: Pro 14 2018/19

Postby justinr73 » Tue Mar 19, 2019 11:31 pm

Josh Adams signing for Cardiff.
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Re: Pro 14 2018/19

Postby Amiga500 » Wed Mar 20, 2019 10:40 am

justinr73 wrote:Josh Adams signing for Cardiff.


I thought the regions didn't have a pot to pi$h in?
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Re: Pro 14 2018/19

Postby Neill_M » Wed Mar 20, 2019 11:03 am

Amiga500 wrote:
justinr73 wrote:Josh Adams signing for Cardiff.


I thought the regions didn't have a pot to pi$h in?


Will no doubt be a WRU central contract with Cardiff only covering 40% or so of it.
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Re: Pro 14 2018/19

Postby Neill_M » Wed Mar 20, 2019 12:54 pm

Any changes to the Welsh regions not until season 2020/2021, no changes for 19/20 season.
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