Although the two conferences will remain as is, the first 11 fixtures will exclude the two South African teams due to travel and financial restrictions — though they may join in after these opening 11 rounds in 2021. With rearranged Six Nations matches and the Autumn Nations Cup taking place from October through to early December, the majority of PRO14 fixtures during this period will take place on Sundays and Mondays. Football and English rugby have both been able to play without major issues. “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,” said Dominic McKay, Chairman of PRO14 Rugby. And a sceptical journalist to ask him why he didn’t. 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It is also hoped that the Monday night matches will target ‘the week day prime-time market’. Kick-off is at 8.15pm. To sign up, click here, enter your email address and select 'Rugby'. Ireland's National Public Service Media. He'll also be giving his opinions on current affairs every week, straight to your inbox! And why have things changed so much? Friday, Oct 2: Zebre v Cardiff Blues (6pm), Ulster v Benetton (8.15pm), Leinster v Dragons (8.15pm), Saturday, Oct 3: Scarlets v Munster (3pm), Connacht v Glasgow (5pm), Edinburgh v Ospreys (7.40pm). Later that night, the Dragons face a daunting start to their campaign, lining up against Leinster in Dublin, with an 8.15pm kick-off. The domestic competition will now hosts matches on Monday with its new prime-time 'Monday Night Rugby' slot. Friday, Oct 2: Zebre v Cardiff Blues (6pm), Ulster v Benetton (8.15pm), Leinster v Dragons (8.15pm) If South African teams do become involved in the new year, it remains to be seen whether their matches would count towards the league table. “Additionally, both PRO14 Rugby and SA Rugby are in early discussions about potentially expanding the tournament and deepening our partnership to include more South African franchises from 2021.”. When visiting our website just "add to home screen" on iPhone, iPad or Android. Providing high quality, independent and up-to-date coverage of all aspects of Scottish rugby. Yes, there will be some games cancelled and some players will miss games due to self-isolating, but that will be a minority. The plan is to bring two SA teams on board at some point in the new year - the Cheetahs and one other. “SA Rugby’s long-standing commitments are to field two teams in the Guinness PRO14 and in light of the withdrawal of the Southern Kings, discussions are on-going about fulfilling this agreement from 2021 using a replacement team from its current professional franchises. Scottish Rugby defends Six Nations ticket pricing hike, Italy v Scotland: four changes to Townsend’s starting XV. You'll also receive the latest Welsh rugby headlines. The domestic competition will now hosts matches on Monday with its new prime-time ‘Monday Night Rugby’ slot. 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 centre.”, Scotland’s versus Wales to be played at Parc y Scarlets. Jurgen Klopp is already likely to be without Virgil van Dijk for the season, while Trent... Daryl Horgan has admitted his 'understands' Declan Rice's controversial decision to switch his international allegiance from Ireland to England. The Guinness PRO14 have provisionally planned to finish its suspended 2019/20 season with two rounds of August derby fixtures before staging semi-finals and a final in September in a schedule that also allows for the restart of the delayed Champions Cup and Challenge Cup tournaments. Support our coverage of all levels of Scottish rugby. those Clubs that, effectively, employ him. explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. “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.”, Martin Anayi, CEO of PRO14 Rugby, added: “In a time of such uncertainty we are incredibly grateful to our broadcast partners and sponsors for their continued support. On the South African situation, the PRO14 issued the following statement: “On August 25, PRO14 Rugby acknowledged that under current international travel restrictions it is not possible for South African teams to fulfil Guinness PRO14 fixtures until 2021. ‘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,’ said Dominic McKay, chairman of Pro14 Rugby. For those asking what exactly is the Guinness Pro14 and how does it work, you have come to the right place. 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Guinness Pro 14 2020/21 - Live Results, Fixtures and Tables on UltimateRugby. very noticeable he didn’t give that obvious assurance. ‘Playing on Monday nights provides the Guinness 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.’.