Pro 14 2018/19

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4 months 1 week ago #62063 by neill_m
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No change to the conferences for 18/19.

Q: Will it be the same format as last season or will you re-jig the conferences?
A: It will be the same two conferences, with teams playing the other sides in their section home and away and then teams from the other conference either home or away.
The one change is we will reverse the cross-conference fixtures.

www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/...s-out-14860838

From interview with the Pro 14 boss man.

Interesting to note that the boss man suggests 16 is the number of teams which would work for the league best in terms of reducing the number of games played, especially during the AI/6N windows.

At a guess in a Pro 16: 4 sections of 4: Irish, Welsh, South African and Scottish/Italian. Play H&A v sides in your own section to keep derbies and play the other 12 sides split Home and Away - 18 game season. Playoffs could be winner of each section then next 4 best sides in terms of points. Euro spots could be the section winners + next best 3 sides in terms of points.

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4 months 1 week ago - 4 months 1 week ago #62065 by connachta
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last season Connacht weren't advantaged at all
will it change? At least the 11 home games instead of 10
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4 months 1 week ago #62067 by neill_m
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As has been said above - 11 home games. Double header in South Africa this year.

H & A - Munster, Leinster, Ulster, Glasgow, Cheetahs, Cardiff, Ospreys and Zebre
Home only - Scarlets, Dragons, Treviso
Away only - Kings, Edinburgh
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4 months 1 week ago #62070 by ConnachtCows
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Wooo, trip to Burke & Hare in Edinburgh this season

Would love to do the SA double header. Must check when the fixtures are released if it's feasible or not. Some time around March would be perfect

@ConnachtCows - Always looking for new followers :)
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3 months 3 weeks ago #62153 by cabaiste
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Connacht to start at home against Glasgow again according to John Fallon on The 42.

Followed up by Zebre (H), Edinburgh (A) and Scarlets (H).

Kings & Cheetahs away at end Nov. start Dec.

www.the42.ie/pro14-fixtures-irish-provin...ter-4137472-Jul2018/
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3 months 3 weeks ago #62155 by neill_m
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Playing Leinster in R5 (Sep 28-30) before the trip to Belfast in R6 (Oct 5-7)

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3 months 3 weeks ago #62160 by pinky
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For fans travelling to SA, the Nov/Dec slot is probably the best of them ...

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"We haven’t liked the wind and rain for about four years now" - John Muldoon 1/1/2015

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3 months 3 weeks ago #62161 by RonanL
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pinky wrote: For fans travelling to SA, the Nov/Dec slot is probably the best of them ...


When can we expect a provisional itinerary Pinky? :lol:

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3 months 3 weeks ago #62162 by pinky
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RonanL wrote:

pinky wrote: For fans travelling to SA, the Nov/Dec slot is probably the best of them ...


When can we expect a provisional itinerary Pinky? :lol:


There's a ferry from Cork to Santander and then from Algeciras to Tangiers. From there I assume it's straightforward enough ...

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3 months 2 weeks ago #62188 by neill_m
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Confirmation of no change to the conferences for season 18/19

www.pro14rugby.org/2018/07/24/existing-c...inness-pro14-season/

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3 months 2 weeks ago #62191 by fatgav
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Fixtures out. As speculated, Four of first five games are arbitrary Home.

Virtually no Friday games at home. Very disappointing

www.pro14rugby.org/2018/07/24/new-era-fo...%A0and%20eir%20sport

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3 months 2 weeks ago #62192 by Accidentally Onside
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As a non Galway resident delighted that so many games are on the Saturday!

Fixtures look very tough though, need to really up performances from last year to even be competitive.

Pity I've already booked holidays as SA road trip could have been done otherwise :(

Euro fixtures out in the next two weeks right?
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3 months 2 weeks ago #62193 by fatgav
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I totally get it’s horses for courses on that one but even when I lived in Limerick (could see Thomond from the window) I’d prefer travelling for Friday games. The atmosphere seems a notch down on Saturday afternoons.

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3 months 2 weeks ago #62194 by Former Coach
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Pearse Keller of Keller Travel has a package already put together for SA in Nov/Dec for anybody who might be interested.

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3 months 2 weeks ago #62195 by RonanL
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It depends entirely on your circumstances, but Saturday afternoons don't suit me anywhere near as much as Friday nights - and the atmosphere is definitely never as good when it's bright. I'm sure the new TV deal is behind it so we can't blame the branch (who probably aren't happy themselves from a marketing/ticket sales perspective).

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3 months 2 weeks ago #62196 by sligsup
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RonanL wrote: It depends entirely on your circumstances, but Saturday afternoons don't suit me anywhere near as much as Friday nights - and the atmosphere is definitely never as good when it's bright. I'm sure the new TV deal is behind it so we can't blame the branch (who probably aren't happy themselves from a marketing/ticket sales perspective).


There is definitely something about Friday nights whether its the early weekend buzz but as being Dublin based the Saturdays do suit me better as I dont have to take hours off but I'm sure the majority of supporters are Galway / Connacht based so it surpises me branch didnt push for further friday nights.

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