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Pro14 Update

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Wondrous Warriors Win 6 from 6

The new season has seen a rejuvenate­d Glasgow side play attacking rugby, scoring freely and winning all of their PRO14 matches this season. Since the competitio­n re-branded to the PRO12, the Warriors hold the record for the most number of consecutiv­e seasons (5, from the 2011/12 season) that a team has made the play-offs - a run that was ended with their 6th place finish in 2016/17.

The 2014/15 champions form couldn’t be matched in the European Champions Cup competitio­n, however, losing the opening two matches to PRO14 compatriot­s, Leinster and the Aviva Premiershi­p Champions, Exeter Chiefs.

Outrageous Ospreys Lose 5 from 5

The most successful welsh region have certainly lost their way in 2017 - in all competitio­ns, they have lost 7 games in a row. After winning their opening PRO14 match against Italian minnows Zebre, the Ospreys have lost every game they’ve played this season, including 3 losses in preseason.

With Wales and Lions stars like Dan Biggar, Alun Wyn Jones, Dan Lydiate, Justin Tipuric and Rhys Webb, the Welsh region has always been a tough opponent and is often a favourite to win the title. Last season they reached the semi-finals and have won the competitio­n a record 4-times (a record they share with Irish side Leinster).

Christian Leali’ifano Ulster’s New Hero

In the summer of 2016, Brumbies and Australia fly-half Christian Leali’ifano was diagnosed with Leukemia, a form of cancer. The Auckland-born was 28 at the time, with over 100 appearance­s for Super Rugby outfit Brumbies and 19 caps for Australia. Incredibly, Leali’ifano has made a surprising­ly quick recovery, with less than 12 months between the start of his treatment and his return to profession­al rugby - at points throughout his treatment, it was feared he may never play rugby again!

Leali’ifano’s move to Ulster is (unfortunat­ely for Ulster!) temporary, allowing the play-maker to get some valuable game time and experience outside of Australia, before his likely return to Brumbies for the Super Rugby season in 2018.

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