Leinster out to make history

Fri, 19 Jul 2013 12:26
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Champions Leinster will be seeking to become the first team to defend their Pro12 title when they begin their campaign against Scarlets in Wales.
 

Champions Leinster will be seeking to become the first team to defend their Pro12 title when they begin their campaign against Scarlets in Wales.

Fellow Irish finalists from last season Ulster will also cross the Irish Sea, this time to play Newport Gwent Dragons at Rodney Parade.

Glasgow Warriors, the remaining team to make it through to last season's play-offs, also face Welsh opposition, but this time Cardiff Blues will have to make the journey north to Scotstoun.

There are the regular local derby fixtures to look forward to over the festive period, whilst the final round of the regular season, Round 22, is scheduled for 9/10/11 May. The play-offs follow a week later then the 2013/14 PRO12 season concludes with the Final on the last weekend in May.

Tournament Director David Jordan commented: "It is ten years since the competition changed to a home and away format and four years since the introduction of the end of season play-offs.

"During that time a regular season pattern has emerged and we have seen increases in both attendances and viewing figures so fans are obviously enjoying the rugby that is on offer in the PRO12.

"In the coming season fans in the home unions  have the added excitement of the victorious British and Irish Lions players  returning to their clubs to look forward to as well.

"Since the inception of the competition five different teams have taken the title, although interestingly no champions have ever defended their crown, Leinster will have a challenge on their hands in the coming season."

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Sun, 19 November 2017
Exeter Chiefs v Harlequins 14h00 Sandy Park
Leicester Tigers v Sale Sharks 14h00 Welford Road
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Fri, 24 November 2017
Ospreys v Glasgow Warriors 22h00 Liberty Stadium
Ulster v Treviso 18h05 Kingspan Stadium
Cardiff Blues v Connacht 18h35 Cardiff Arms Park
Leinster v Dragons 18h35 RDS Stadium
Newcastle Falcons v Gloucester 18h45 Kingston Park
Leicester Tigers v Worcester Warriors 18h45 Welford Road
Sale Sharks v Northampton Saints 19h00 AJ Bell Stadium
Sat, 25 November 2017
Bath v Harlequins 11h15 Recreation Ground
Italy v South Africa 13h00 Rome
Scotland v Australia 14h30 Cardiff
England v Samoa 15h00 Twickenham
Wales v New Zealand 17h15 Cardiff
Ireland v Argentina 17h30 Aviva Stadium
Cheetahs v Edinburgh 17h30 Bloemfontein
France v Japan 19h00 Paris
Sun, 26 November 2017
Kings v Scarlets 13h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Zebre v Munster 13h00 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
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Pool A
Team P W D L Pts
Glasgow Warriors 8 8 0 0 38
Munster 8 5 0 3 26
Cheetahs 8 4 0 4 20
Connacht 8 3 0 5 16
Cardiff Blues 8 3 0 5 15
Zebre 8 2 0 6 12
Ospreys 8 2 0 6 11
Pool B
Team P W D L Pts
Scarlets 8 7 0 1 34
Ulster 8 6 0 2 28
Leinster 8 6 0 2 27
Edinburgh 8 5 0 3 23
Treviso 8 3 0 5 14
Dragons 8 2 0 6 10
Kings 8 0 0 8 2
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