2020–21 Pro14

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The 2020–21 PRO14 (also known as the Guinness PRO14 for sponsorship reasons) is the twentieth season of the professional rugby union competition originally known as the Celtic League. It is also the fourth season to be referred to as the PRO14 (the competition was named the Pro12 immediately prior to the addition of two South African teams).[1][2]

Twelve teams will compete in this season — four Irish teams: Connacht, Leinster, Munster and Ulster; two Italian teams: Benetton and Zebre; two Scottish teams: Edinburgh and Glasgow Warriors; and four Welsh teams: Cardiff Blues, Dragons, Ospreys and Scarlets. Neither of the two South African teams will compete this season, with the Cheetahs unable to compete due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Southern Kings having entered into voluntary liquidation due to heavy financial losses.[3]

Due to the delays experienced during the 2019–20 season as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020–21 season started later than usual on the 2 October 2020.[4] Leinster are the defending champions, having defeated Ulster 27–5 in the 2019–20 final to defend their title and complete a hat-trick of title wins.[5]

On 23 December 2020 it was announced that the 2020-21 PRO14 season will conclude on 27 March 2021 after 16 rounds, and will be followed by the Rainbow Cup, a competition featuring the four former South African Super Rugby sides, the Bulls, Lions, Sharks and Stormers. The Rainbow Cup will consist of a pool stage with two pools of 8 teams, followed by a final between the pool winners, and will run from April 17 to June 19 2021.[6]

Teams[edit source | edit]

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Team Coach /
Director of Rugby
Captain Stadium/

Stadia

Capacity
Italy Benetton New Zealand Kieran Crowley Template:Country data SAF Dewaldt Duvenage Stadio Comunale di Monigo, Treviso 6,700
Wales Cardiff Blues Template:Country data AUS John Mulvihill
Wales Dai Young (interim)
Wales Ellis Jenkins Cardiff Arms Park 12,125
Template:Country data IRE Connacht Template:Country data AUS Andy Friend Template:Country data AUS Jarrad Butler Galway Sportsgrounds 8,129
Wales Dragons England Dean Ryan Wales Rhodri Williams Rodney Parade 8,700
Template:Country data SCO Edinburgh England Richard Cockerill Template:Country data SCO Stuart McInally Murrayfield Stadium 67,144[lower-alpha 1]
Template:Country data SCO Glasgow Warriors England Danny Wilson Template:Country data SCO Fraser Brown
Template:Country data SCO Ryan Wilson
Scotstoun Stadium 7,351
Template:Country data IRE Leinster Template:Country data IRE Leo Cullen Template:Country data IRE Jonathan Sexton RDS Arena
Aviva Stadium
18,500
51,700
Template:Country data IRE Munster South Africa Johann van Graan Template:Country data IRE Peter O'Mahony Thomond Park
Irish Independent Park
25,600[lower-alpha 2]
8,008
Wales Ospreys England Toby Booth Wales Justin Tipuric Liberty Stadium 20,827
Wales Scarlets New Zealand Glenn Delaney Wales Ken Owens Parc y Scarlets 14,870
Template:Country data IRE Ulster England Dan McFarland Template:Country data IRE Iain Henderson Kingspan Stadium 18,196
Italy Zebre Template:Country data IRE Michael Bradley Italy Tommaso Castello Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi 5,000

Competition format[edit source | edit]

League Stage

The twelve teams are split into two conferences of six teams, with each conference featuring two teams from Ireland and Wales plus one team from Italy and Scotland.[7] To ensure a competitive balance, the teams are distributed approximately evenly between the conferences based upon their performance in the previous season.[8]

The regular season will consist of only 16 Rounds, a home-and-away double round robin with same conference opponents (10 matches), and a home or away tie against each team in the other conference (6 matches). This represents a reduction from previous years, due to a delayed start and in order to make space for the Pro14 Rainbow Cup to be played following the conclusion of the season, which will introduce former Super Rugby teams into the Pro14 competitions.[9]

Final

The two conference leaders will meet in a final on March 27.

Team changes[edit source | edit]

Ireland[edit source | edit]

Italy[edit source | edit]

Scotland[edit source | edit]

South Africa[edit source | edit]

Southern Kings entered liquidation in September 2020 and therefore withdrew from the league, while the Cheetahs will not compete due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

It is expected that the four former South African Super Rugby sides, the Bulls, Lions, Sharks and Stormers, will join an expanded tournament beginning in the 2021–22 season, after this was what was voted on by the South African Rugby Union.[10] This leaves the future of the Cheetahs in doubt, but they will likely be withdrawn from the PRO14.

Wales[edit source | edit]

Table[edit source | edit]

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Match summary[edit source | edit]

Rounds 1 to 11[edit source | edit]

Fixtures for the first 11 rounds of matches were announced on 23 September 2020. Several matches are also scheduled to take place on Monday nights to avoid clashes with the extended international calendar.[11]

All times are local.

Round 1[edit source | edit]

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Round 9 (rescheduled match)[edit source | edit]

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Round 14 (rescheduled match)[edit source | edit]

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Play-offs[edit source | edit]

Final[edit source | edit]

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Play-off for the 7th Champions Cup place[edit source | edit]

The top three teams in each conference automatically qualify for the following year's Champions Cup. The seventh Champions Cup place is allocated to the winners of the playoff match between the fourth ranked eligible teams in each conference played at the home of the team with the most regular league points.

Referees[edit source | edit]

Pro14 2018–19 14-man referee elite squad: (number of matches refereed):[12]

Note: Additional referees are used throughout the season, selected from a select development squad.

Attendances by club[edit source | edit]

Club Home
games
Total Average Highest Lowest % Capacity
Italy Benetton 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Wales Cardiff Blues 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Template:Country data IRE Connacht 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Wales Dragons 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Template:Country data SCO Edinburgh 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Template:Country data SCO Glasgow Warriors 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Template:Country data IRE Leinster 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Template:Country data IRE Munster 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Wales Ospreys 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Wales Scarlets 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Template:Country data IRE Ulster 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Italy Zebre 0 0 0 0 0 0%

Highest attendances[edit source | edit]

End of Season Awards[edit source | edit]

PRO14 Dream Team[edit source | edit]

Pos Player Team
FB 15
RW 14
OC 13
IC 12
LW 11
FH 10
SH 9
N8 8
OF 7
BF 6
RL 5
LL 4
TP 3
HK 2
LP 1

Award winners[edit source | edit]

Award Winner
Players' Player of the Season
Young Player of the Season
Coach of the Season
Chairman's Award
Golden Boot
Top Try Scorer
Fairplay Award
Try of the Season

Leading scorers[edit source | edit]

Note: Flags to the left of player names indicate national team as has been defined under World Rugby eligibility rules, or primary nationality for players who have not yet earned international senior caps. Players may hold one or more non-WR nationalities.

Notes[edit source | edit]

  1. Although Murrayfield's full capacity is 67,144, only the lower section of the East Stand, with a capacity of 12,464, is generally opened for Edinburgh fixtures.
  2. Thomond Park's official capacity is 25,600 but can be expanded up to 26,276 with temporary seating.

References[edit source | edit]

  1. "RaboDirect to pull sponsorship of Pro12". The Score. 23 August 2013. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  2. "Pro12: Guinness named as league's new sponsor". BBC. 10 July 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  3. "Southern Kings go into voluntary liquidation". www.rugbypass.com. Retrieved 2020-12-24.
  4. "Guinness PRO14 Restart Fixtures & Kick-Off Times Confirmed". Pro14. 22 July 2020. Retrieved 4 September 2020.
  5. "Leinster recover from slow start to land their third PRO14 title in a row". The42. 12 September 2020. Retrieved 13 September 2020.
  6. "Guinness PRO14 to Conclude in March Ahead of Rainbow Cup with South Africa's Super Teams". www.pro14.rugby. Retrieved 2020-12-24.
  7. "Pro14: Who's in? How will conferences work? What about derby matches?". BBC Sport. 1 August 2017. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  8. "Guinness PRO14 Championship Q&A". Pro14Rugby.org. 1 August 2017. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  9. "Guinness PRO14 to Conclude in March Ahead of Rainbow Cup with South Africa's Super Teams". www.pro14.rugby. Retrieved 2020-12-24.
  10. "SARU members vote to seek northern hemisphere future". SA Rugby. Retrieved 2020-12-24.
  11. "Prime Time: Monday Night Rugby Comes to the Guinness PRO14". www.pro14.rugby. Retrieved 2020-09-23.
  12. "Guinness Pro14 Elite Referee Squad named for the 2017/18 Season". Pro14. 30 August 2017. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  13. 13.0 13.1 "Players". Pro14. 30 August 2020.

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