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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Ulster 18 13 0 5 61
Scarlets 18 13 0 5 58
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Dragons 18 4 0 14 20
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