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Target date for Pro14 restart 22Aug

Post by The Ulsterian » Thu Jun 18, 2020 12:43 pm

https://www.pro14.rugby/latest/pro14/ta ... 14-restart

Saturday, August 22 has been selected as a target date for the 2019/20 Guinness PRO14 season to restart across all five competing territories.

The target date was agreed at the PRO14 Board meeting on Tuesday (June 9) based upon the information currently available from each jurisdiction in which the Guinness PRO14 is played. Since announcing an indefinite suspension of match action in March, the tournament team at PRO14 Rugby has worked alongside key medical personnel at our unions and clubs as well as key stakeholders such as World Rugby to map out a return to action.
With rigorous protocols outlined for training, game-day logistics and match play, PRO14 Rugby is confident that proposals submitted by our unions to governments across the UK, Ireland, Italy and South Africa will allow our teams get back on the pitch. Discussions around these proposals will be on-going between each union and their respective governments.

Abbreviated Format

The 2019/20 season will have an abbreviated finish that features the most attractive match-ups and rivalries from the Guinness PRO14 with two rounds of derby games in each territory counting towards final positions. This will cut the regular season from 21 game rounds to 15. Games postponed prior to the indefinite suspension will be deemed 0-0 draws as previously stated by PRO14 Rugby on February 28, 2020.

The postponed Round 13 fixtures Zebre Rugby Club v Ospreys and Benetton Rugby v Ulster have now been deemed 0-0 draws and all four teams will have two points added to their totals as a result. The updated tables can be viewed at www.pro14.rugby/match-centre/table/2020

Derby rounds in Italy, Scotland and South Africa will see the two teams from each territory play back-to-back fixtures. The derby fixtures for the teams in Ireland and Wales have yet to be confirmed and will be announced in line with kick-off times and broadcast selections.

The season will be concluded across four consecutive weekends with the Guinness PRO14 Final targeted for Saturday, September 12. The two teams which finish top of their conferences will qualify for a semi-final stage in order to compete for places in the Final. PRO14 Rugby will consider the latest information in the territories that knock-out games could take place before making a final decision on the venue(s).

Tournament Director Comment

David Jordan, Tournament Director of the Guinness PRO14, said: “Safety has been, and will continue to be, the highest priority as we look to activate our plans to restart the 2019/20 season. We are very fortunate to be in a position where everyone involved is confident that we can conclude the season on the field of play.

“The work and diligence of our leading medical personnel at our unions, our clubs, World Rugby and key stakeholders to get us to this point has been immense. Operating across five territories often brings different complexities to the Guinness PRO14 but our unions have worked hard to bring proposals to their governments so we may put plans into action.”

Proposed Game Rounds

Round 14: Saturday, August 22

Round 15: Saturday, August 29

Semi-Finals: Saturday, September 5

Final: Saturday, September 12

Venues, Timings & Cross-border Travel

When venues across all five territories are agreed upon, consultations will begin with broadcast partners and all key stakeholders around suitable kick-off times. The respective unions involved in the Guinness PRO14 are in continued discussion with their relative authorities and governments regarding travel protocols and protective measures.

Health and safety protocols in relation to Covid-19

An overview of all the health and safety protocols and protective measures that will be put in place to prevent and mitigate the threat of Covid-19 will be published in due course. At that time tournament representatives will be made available to the media.

European Qualification & 2020/21 Season

PRO14 Rugby has agreed that rankings for European qualification for the 2020/21 season will be decided on the Conference table positions from Round 13. This will include the points awarded to teams whose postponed games in Round 13 have been deemed 0-0 draws. Once the competition formats for the 2020/21 season have been announced by EPCR then PRO14 Rugby will confirm its qualifying teams for the Heineken Champions Cup.

The 2020/21 Guinness PRO14 Season

Planning for the 2020/21 Guinness PRO14 season has begun, October 3 has been identified as the provisional date for Round 1

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Re: Target date for Pro14 restart 22Aug

Post by justinr73 » Thu Jun 18, 2020 2:46 pm

We’ll do well to blow a 9 point lead over Glasgow over two games.

Cheetahs can’t catch us.

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Re: Target date for Pro14 restart 22Aug

Post by germcevoy » Thu Jun 18, 2020 2:47 pm

That’s worked out nicely for Ulster. A semi-final against Edinburgh would be one you’d have to fancy our chances in.

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Re: Target date for Pro14 restart 22Aug

Post by big mervyn » Thu Jun 18, 2020 3:02 pm

justinr73 wrote:
Thu Jun 18, 2020 2:46 pm
We’ll do well to blow a 9 point lead over Glasgow over two games.

Cheetahs can’t catch us.
True but the conditioning and form of the returning teams is something of an unknown. Good pitches and a bit of ring rust could also lead to a few TBPs.
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Re: Target date for Pro14 restart 22Aug

Post by Neill_M » Thu Jun 18, 2020 3:06 pm

justinr73 wrote:
Thu Jun 18, 2020 2:46 pm
We’ll do well to blow a 9 point lead over Glasgow over two games.

Cheetahs can’t catch us.
2 match points needed IF Glasgow max out in 2 games v Edinburgh. I would hope we are good for a Semi Final spot.

The chat is of a 24 team Heineken Cup for 20/21 so the qualifers would be Leinster, Ulster, Glasgow and Dragons from A and Edinburgh, Munster, Scarlets and Connacht from B.

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Re: Target date for Pro14 restart 22Aug

Post by big mervyn » Thu Jun 18, 2020 3:37 pm

Neill_M wrote:
Thu Jun 18, 2020 3:06 pm
justinr73 wrote:
Thu Jun 18, 2020 2:46 pm
We’ll do well to blow a 9 point lead over Glasgow over two games.

Cheetahs can’t catch us.
2 match points needed IF Glasgow max out in 2 games v Edinburgh. I would hope we are good for a Semi Final spot.

The chat is of a 24 team Heineken Cup for 20/21 so the qualifers would be Leinster, Ulster, Glasgow and Dragons from A and Edinburgh, Munster, Scarlets and Connacht from B.
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Re: Target date for Pro14 restart 22Aug

Post by justinr73 » Thu Jun 18, 2020 3:49 pm

germcevoy wrote:
Thu Jun 18, 2020 2:47 pm
That’s worked out nicely for Ulster. A semi-final against Edinburgh would be one you’d have to fancy our chances in.
Especially an Edinburgh shorn of their huge and vocal home support :lol:

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Re: Target date for Pro14 restart 22Aug

Post by 10 or 15 only » Thu Jun 18, 2020 6:52 pm

germcevoy wrote:
Thu Jun 18, 2020 2:47 pm
That’s worked out nicely for Ulster. A semi-final against Edinburgh would be one you’d have to fancy our chances in.
Indeed. No problem Social Distancing there... haha.

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Re: Target date for Pro14 restart 22Aug

Post by big mervyn » Thu Jun 18, 2020 7:04 pm

10 or 15 only wrote:
Thu Jun 18, 2020 6:52 pm
germcevoy wrote:
Thu Jun 18, 2020 2:47 pm
That’s worked out nicely for Ulster. A semi-final against Edinburgh would be one you’d have to fancy our chances in.
Indeed. No problem Social Distancing there... haha.
They got 27k for the home derby but average about 5k for the other home Pro14 games.
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Re: Target date for Pro14 restart 22Aug

Post by ScottishBrian » Sat Jun 20, 2020 9:00 am

I wonder if we will be allowed to travel by then as there really shouldn't be a problem getting some sort of crowd into Murrayfield? I understand that there are other logistical problems but we'll have to see what state of lockdown we are in at that moment

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Re: Target date for Pro14 restart 22Aug

Post by big mervyn » Sat Jun 20, 2020 9:19 am

ScottishBrian wrote:
Sat Jun 20, 2020 9:00 am
I wonder if we will be allowed to travel by then as there really shouldn't be a problem getting some sort of crowd into Murrayfield? I understand that there are other logistical problems but we'll have to see what state of lockdown we are in at that moment
The Scots are being ultra-cautious compared with the other home nations.
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Re: Target date for Pro14 restart 22Aug

Post by adam » Wed Jun 24, 2020 1:37 pm

Yes, you would have to fancy Ulster going over to Edinburgh for a Semi, after all they have a superb record travelling to Scotland for Semi Finals.

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Re: Target date for Pro14 restart 22Aug

Post by Neill_M » Thu Jun 25, 2020 10:19 am

EPCR (Swiss Nigels) have confirmed dates to complete the 2019/20 H Cup. QF Sep 18-20, SF Sep 25-27, Final Sat Oct 17.

2020/21 competition to start on Dec 11-13 with number of sides and format TBC. A 24 team competition is a possibility.

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Re: Target date for Pro14 restart 22Aug

Post by ScottishBrian » Sat Jun 27, 2020 1:21 pm

Are there dates for the Pro14 Semi finals and final yet?

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Re: Target date for Pro14 restart 22Aug

Post by big mervyn » Sat Jun 27, 2020 2:02 pm

ScottishBrian wrote:
Sat Jun 27, 2020 1:21 pm
Are there dates for the Pro14 Semi finals and final yet?
Both semis on 5 Sep

Final on 12 Sep

It's a lot of ko rugby in a very short space of time for any teams involved in both competitions.
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