The Guin­ness Pro14

Big­ger and Bet­ter Than Ever

Hot Press - - Rugby Special -

Af­ter ex­pand­ing into South Africa this sea­son to be­come a truly global club rugby cham­pi­onship, the first-ever Guin­ness PRO14 cham­pi­ons will be crowned in Dublin’s Aviva Sta­dium on May

26, 2018.

Fol­low­ing the suc­cess of a record-set­ting crowd at last year’s Guin­ness PRO12 Fi­nal, the Cham­pi­onship show­piece will re­turn to the Ir­ish cap­i­tal once again.

Teams from Ire­land, Italy, Scot­land, Wales and now South Africa are bat­tling it out to reach the Fi­nal at the home of Ir­ish rugby, which wit­nessed a thrilling game last year when Scarlets beat Mun­ster in front of 44,558 fans.

To win the tro­phy, the Welsh men saw off Le­in­ster and Mun­ster in suc­ces­sive week­ends, but both of the Ir­ish prov­inces are per­form­ing well again this sea­son, ea­ger to be­come the first

Ir­ish cham­pi­ons since Con­nacht’s win in 2016.

Ul­ster are also in the shake-up to reach the knock-out stages of the Guin­ness PRO14, but the prov­inces won’t have it all their own way with Scarlets and Glas­gow War­riors also set­ting their tar­gets on a trip to Dublin on May 26.

The Toy­ota Chee­tahs, one of the two new South African teams in the Cham­pi­onship, could also prove to be a wild­card to win the ti­tle in just their first sea­son. The men in orange from Bloemfontein are mak­ing a mas­sive im­pres­sion with their fast, free-flow­ing rugby and can­not be ruled out of con­tention.

The Chee­tahs ad­di­tion to the Guin­ness PRO14 is just one of the many rea­sons why the Cham­pi­onship is pro­duc­ing such fan­tas­tic rugby, mean­ing that the Fi­nal at Aviva Sta­dium prom­ises to cel­e­brate the very best in ad­ven­tur­ous play.

This will be a truly his­toric oc­ca­sion - and you and your friends can be a part of help­ing set a new at­ten­dance record. Make sure you are there to cap­ture the mem­o­ries by book­ing your ticket for the 2018 Guin­ness PRO14 Fi­nal now at www. tick­et­mas­

PRO14 play­ers with the cov­eted tro­phy

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