Kick-off times and broadcast selections for Rounds 14 to 17 of the Guinness PRO14 have been confirmed in addition to all games taking place in South Africa up to Round 20.
Over 30 fixtures have been confirmed with the majority scheduled for live TV broadcast, figures which illustrate the excitement that the expansion of the Championship has generated.
The arrival of the Toyota Cheetahs and the Southern Kings from South Africa and the introduction of the Conference system has led to greater attendances, an increase in television and digital viewership and heightened competition around the Guinness PRO14.
This season the updated fixtures for Rounds 14 to 17 have been finalised earlier than before and David Jordan, Tournament Director for PRO14 Rugby, highlighted the efforts of all involved.
“Arranging fixtures across five countries while also taking into account clubs’ kick-off preferences and stadium availability is always a challenging one,” Jordan said. “We have eight broadcast partners who work very hard with us when it comes to fixture selections and to create so much certainty right up to Round 17 and beyond is very satisfying.
“Naturally, now that we have two South African teams in the Championship there are some new factors for us to consider, such as long-haul travel, but the diversity of the Guinness PRO14 is what gives it such a unique appeal. All in all, we have produced these fixtures earlier than we have in the past and I’d like to thank our broadcasters and clubs for getting such a good result.”
Fans in the UK and Ireland can catch Sky Sports live broadcasts by tuning into the Guinness PRO14’s regular home on Sky Sports Action on channel 407 (Virgin customers see channel 507).
- February 9, Friday (7.35pm UK/IRE unless stated) – Dragons v Glasgow Warriors (BBC Wales), Edinburgh v Leinster (BBC ALBA, TG4) and Ulster v Southern Kings (BBC NI, SuperSport, 9.35pm SA)
- February 10, Saturday (7.35pm UK/IRE unless stated) – Connacht v Ospreys, 3pm (non-televised), Munster v Zebre (TG4) and Cardiff Blues v Toyota Cheetahs (S4C, SuperSport, 9.35pm SA)
- February 11, Sunday – Benetton Rugby v Scarlets, 2.05pm (Eurosport Italia, Sky Sports, 1.05pm UK)
- February 16, Friday (7.35pm UK/IRE unless stated) – Connacht v Zebre (TG4), Glasgow Warriors v Toyota Cheetahs (BBC ALBA, Supersport, 9.35pm SA) and Ulster v Edinburgh (BBC NI)
- February 17, Saturday – Leinster v Scarlets, 3.15pm (Sky Sports) and Cardiff Blues v Munster, 5.30pm (Sky Sports, S4C)
- February 18, Sunday – Dragons v Benetton Rugby, 3.30 (S4C)
- TBC – Ospreys v Southern Kings
- February 23, Friday (7.35pm UK/IRE unless stated) – Dragons v Edinburgh, TBC (non-televised) KO TBC, Leinster v Southern Kings (TG4, SuperSport, 9.35pm SA) and Munster v Glasgow Warriors (Sky Sports) 7pm
- February 24, Saturday (7.35pm UK/IRE unless stated) – Benetton v Connacht, 1pm (Eurosport Italia, TG4, 12pm IRE), Scarlets v Ulster (S4C, BBC NI) and Ospreys v Toyota Cheetahs, 5.30pm UK/7.30pm SA
- February 25, Sunday – Zebre v Cardiff Blues, 2pm local, 1pm UK (Eurosport Italia)
- March 2, Friday (7.35pm UK/IRE unless stated) – Cardiff Blues v Benetton Rugby (BBC Wales), Edinburgh v Munster (BBC ALBA, TG4), Southern Kings v Dragons, 5.35pm SA (SuperSport) and Ulster v Glasgow Warriors (BBC NI)
- March 3, Saturday (7.35pm UK/IRE unless stated) – Scarlets v Leinster, 3.15pm (Sky Sports), Toyota Cheetahs v Connacht, 7.35pm SA (SuperSport, Sky Sports, 5.35pm UK) and Zebre v Ospreys, 6.30pm (Eurosport Italia, S4C, 5.30pm UK)
- March 24, Saturday – Southern Kings v Benetton Rugby, 3pm (SuperSport, 2pm Italy)
- April 7, Saturday – Toyota Cheetahs v Cardiff Blues, 3pm (SuperSport, 2pm UK/IRE) and Southern Kings v Munster, 7.35pm (SuperSport, 6.35pm UK/IRE)
- April 13, Friday – Toyota Cheetahs v Munster, 7.35pm (SuperSport, 6.35pm UK/IRE)
- April 14, Saturday – Southern Kings v Cardiff Blues, 7.35pm (SuperSport, 6.35pm UK/IRE)
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