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Sport PRO14 rebrands as 16-team event with four South African sides added

18:41  15 june  2021
18:41  15 june  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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At least one South African team will play in the European Cup from 2022 after the PRO14 league re-branded as the 'United Rugby Championship', which will rip up club rugby as we know it.

The competition between Irish, Welsh, Scottish and Italian clubs has formally added the four biggest South African franchise sides to its league to make it a 16-team competition which will start in September, running to a June grand final.

The new tournament will be divided into four pools - a Welsh four, Irish four, South African four and one with the two Scottish and Italian teams combined - and each of those will provide a qualifier for the Heineken Champions Cup from 2022-23.

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How will it work?

Regional pools

Irish Pool: Connacht, Leinster, Munster, Ulster

Welsh Pool: Dragons, Cardiff Rugby, Ospreys, Scarlets

South African Pool: Cell C Sharks, DHL Stormers, Emirates Lions and Vodacom Bulls

Italian & Scottish Pool: Benetton Rugby, Edinburgh, Glasgow Warriors, Zebre Rugby Club

Final Series/Play-Offs: One league table will be used to rank teams and after 18 rounds the top eight sides will qualify for the Play-Offs.

Teams will be seeded from 1 to 8 and will receive home advantage according to their seeding.

A full round of quarter-finals and semi-finals will take place to produce two teams who will qualify for the Grand Final.


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So that means at least one of the Bulls, Stormers, Lions or Sharks will take part in the Champions Cup the season after next - a South African team could be crowned champions of the old 'European' Cup as early as 2023.

Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby, said: 'South African rugby has for many years imagined a future aligned with Northern Hemisphere rugby and this announcement marks the arrival of that vision.

'Our teams will be pitting themselves against the leading clubs from four nations, steeped in rugby tradition and folklore.

'They'll do it without having to cross time zones or acclimatise while 100 per cent of matches will kick off in South African prime time.

'This is a watershed moment in South African rugby history, opening new doors and heralding a new and exciting era for our sport.'

One of the key announcement for the United Rugby Championship is that their club matches will not overlap with international Tests, in an attempt to strengthen the league and avoid swathes of absentees.

Each side will play three home and three away fixtures against their pool opponents, then 12 other matches - home or away - against the rest of the league, ensuring sides play all 15 other teams in the table at least once.

The top eight after 18 rounds will then compete in quarter-finals, with semis and a final to finish.

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