Irish rugby 2017/2018 - Pro 12 heads south of the equator!

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World rugby 2017/2018 - Pro 12 heading south of the equator!

Usually the Pro 12 fixtures are published in mid-July, however the 2017/18 ones have yet to be published for a number of reasons: firstly there were strong rumours that the bankrupt Italian team "Zebre" weren't going to be around - but they have recently been taken over by Italian rugby federation so will participate and secondly because it appears that 2 South African teams are joining up.

Recent Irish Times report:

Pro 12 teams are to receive €500,000 each to cover costs after accepting two South African sides into the league for this coming season, The Irish Times has learned. Television money, believed to increase by €12 million, has paved the way for the discarded Super Rugby franchises, the Cheetahs and Southern Kings, to enter a newly expanded Pro 14 championship.

The league would be split into two conferences of seven with the loss of home match revenue covered by three rounds of interprovincials – the Irish provinces currently play each other twice, home and away – despite the congestion this would cause in an already well stocked fixture list.

The top three sides in each conference would progress to the play-offs in a similar situation to the French league whereby the top two teams would be waiting in the semi-finals.

The move appears attractive to title sponsors Guinness and broadcast partners Sky Sports as they can move into the African market. With Super Rugby reduced from 18 to 15 sides next season, the South African squads are scrambling to keep elite rugby in Port Elizabeth and Bloemfontein."
In previous seasons, the first round of Pro 12 games took place on the first weekend of September - and that's a mere 6 weeks away. Someone badly needs to get their finger out and publish those fixtures!
 
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Fixtures will be released late next week i`ve been told. Monday 7th August at the latest.
 

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Usually the Pro 12 fixtures are published in mid-July, however the 2017/18 ones have yet to be published for a number of reasons: firstly there were strong rumours that the bankrupt Italian team "Zebre" weren't going to be around - but they have recently been taken over by Italian rugby federation so will participate and secondly because it appears that 2 South African teams are joining up.



In previous seasons, the first round of Pro 12 games took place on the first weekend of September - and that's a mere 6 weeks away. Someone badly needs to get their finger out and publish those fixtures!
It's certainly going to be interesting to see how the Saffers do against some of Europes best clubs.
 

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It is a long long way to travel for fans. I cannot see to many forking out the money to go from South Africa to Dublin or Limerick.
 

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I do wonder if the Celtic nations should be helping themselves and not the Saffers.

Could Italy not do with another team in the comp?

Even the Scots have only two teams.
 

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It is a long long way to travel for fans. I cannot see to many forking out the money to go from South Africa to Dublin or Limerick.
Agreed. Pro 12 competition has steadily improved in quality, but even with that improvement I can't see fans from this pat of the world flying to South Africa , or fans from South Africa travelling to this part of the world, to watch their team play.
 

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To far to travel to the matches for the fans i would reckon, if indeed they could even afford it that is.
 

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Agreed. Pro 12 competition has steadily improved in quality, but even with that improvement I can't see fans from this pat of the world flying to South Africa , or fans from South Africa travelling to this part of the world, to watch their team play.

They're seriously talking about admitting a team or two from the USA next season!
 

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Watched the two Super Rugby semi-finals earlier this morning. In the first - an outstanding game to watch - the Crusaders comfortably stuffed the Chiefs [27-13] despite losing the possession [33 - 67]% and territory [30 - 70]% battles by a country mile. They are some outfit. Lethal counter attackers and an outstanding defence.

In the second, a 10- try thriller, the Lions fought back from being 3 - 22 down after 39 minutes to beat the 'Canes 44 - 29. It looked as though the 'canes ran out of gas in the second half, possibly due to the altitude of Ellis Park.

So the Lions will host the Crusaders in the final next Saturday in what may well be a great game.

Home advantage is massive in Super Rugby. To get to Jo'burg, the Crus will have to fly almost half way around the world - a journey that will take 17 hours or more in total.
 

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You would imagine some sort of blocking of games or even a period of relocation by the SA teams if this happens.
 

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You would imagine some sort of blocking of games or even a period of relocation by the SA teams if this happens.
Makes sense. Seemingly there is no way that the SA franchises will host games during the heights of their summer (our mid-winter) because it's simply too hot!
 

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Here we go:-

 


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