|Date||September 2014 – May 2015|
The 2014–15 Pro12 (also known as the Guinness Pro12 for sponsorship reasons) will be the 14th season of the professional rugby union competition originally known as the Celtic League, the fifth with its current four country format.
The twelve competing teams will be the four Irish teams, Connacht, Leinster, Munster and Ulster; two Scottish teams, Edinburgh and Glasgow Warriors; four Welsh teams, Cardiff Blues, Newport Gwent Dragons, Ospreys and Scarlets; and two Italian teams, Benetton Treviso and Zebre.
- 1 Changes for the season
- 2 Teams
- 3 Table
- 4 Fixtures
- 5 Play-offs
- 6 References
Changes for the season
With the Heineken Cup being replaced by the 20 team European Rugby Champions Cup in the 2014–15 season, the Pro12 table will have a greater impact on qualification. Though the qualification was decided by the league table in the 2013–14 season, teams were not aware this would be the case until April 2014.
Under the previous format, the Pro12 provided a minimum of ten teams, with Scotland and Italy providing two teams each, and Ireland and Wales both providing four. The new system sees one place now being reserved for the highest finishing Pro12 team from each of four participating countries and three other qualifiers based solely on league position, for a total of seven teams. The other teams will be entered in the new second tier competition, the European Rugby Challenge Cup.
Starting in the 2015–16 competition the 20th tournament spot will be decided by a playoff involving the Pro12's two highest finishing teams that have not already qualified, the seventh highest finishing club from France's Top 14 and the seventh highest finishing club from the English Premiership.
Connacht will enter the season with a new captain following the forced retirement of Craig Clarke due to persistent concussions. They will also be without the playing services of former captain and centurion Gavin Duffy, whose contract was not renewed the previous season. It was later announced that he was taking up a role with the province's commercial team.
Leinster will enter the competition without the services of long serving player Brian O'Driscoll, who retired at the end of the 2013–14 season, for the first time. O'Driscoll had played in every previous season of the league. They will also be without last year's captain Leo Cullen on the playing field, as he too has retired and will be taking up the role of forwards coach.
Following the departure of last year's head coach Rob Penney, who has taken up a role with the Japanese side NTT Shining Arcs, Munster will be coached by former player and previous season's forwards coach Anthony Foley. Foley will be joined in the coaching staff by his fellow former Munster players Mick O'Driscoll and Jerry Flannery, as well as Cork Constitution head coach Brian Walsh.
Ulster enter the season with their home stadium, the Kingspan Stadium redeveloped, with the stadium's capacity having been increased to 18,196. In June 2014, David Humphreys left his post as the province's Director of Rugby, joining English Premiership side Gloucester. Later that month, it was announced that head coach Mark Anscombe would also leave the province "with immediate effect". It was also announced that Ireland assistant coach Les Kiss would fill in as Ulster's Director of Rugby on an interim basis. In addition to the change of coaching staff, Ulster will also enter the season with Rory Best reinstated as captain, following the retirement of Johann Muller at the end of the previous season. 
Despite threats during the previous season that the team would be pulled out of the competition, Benetton Treviso return for their fifth season in the league. Following the resignation of Franco Smith during the course of the previous season, Umberto Casellato will take over as the side's head coach. Casellato joins the side from Zebre where he had served as assistant coach.
Edinburgh enter the season following the departure of a number of experienced players, including Geoff Cross, Nick De Luca, Greig Laidlaw and Ross Rennie. The departure of Laidlaw means Edinburgh will come into the season with a new captain. Edinburgh' home ground of Murrayfield will be resurfaced by the time the new season begins, following an infestation of nematodes a type of parasitic worm. In addition to being resurfaced, Murrayfield will be renamed under a naming rights agreement with the BT Group. The deal will see the ground referred to as 'BT Murrayfield Stadium'.
Beginning this season the BT Group will be the main sponsor on the shirts of three of the four Welsh teams, sponsoring Newport Gwent Dragons, Ospreys and Scarlets, while Cardiff Blues will have their home stadium of Cardiff Arms Park renamed under a deal with the group, which will see it referred to officially as 'BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park'.
Cardiff Blues enter the season under new leadership, with Mark Hammett coming in as director of rugby. Dale McIntosh and Paul John stay on as coaches under him. Hammett joins from New Zealand Super Rugby franchise, the Hurricanes. The Blues will be without Leigh Halfpenny, whose departure to Toulon was announced in January 2014. Wales captain Sam Warburton is expected to continue playing with the side as the first centrally contracted player in Wales, having signed a deal with the Welsh Rugby Union in January 2014.
Newport Gwent Dragons enter the season with a new captain. Former Lions player Lee Byrne takes over from Andrew Coombs on his return from the Top 14. Byrne had played for Clermont Auvergne since 2011. He has previously played for rival regions Scarlets and Ospreys.
Like most regions, Ospreys enter the season having lost experienced international players. Ian Evans and Richard Hibbard are among the players to have departed, with the pair joining Toulon and Gloucester respectively.
Scarlets enter the season with a new head coach, following Simon Easterby's exit. Easterby left the side to become forwards coach to Ireland, working under Joe Schmidt. His replacement is Wayne Pivac, with the New Zealand native joining the region from ITM Cup side Auckland. Scarlets are also without the services of one of the previous season's joint captains Jonathan Davies. Davies departs to join French side Clermont Auvergne.
Director of Rugby
|Benetton Treviso||Umberto Casellato||TBA||Stadio Comunale di Monigo||6,700|
|Cardiff Blues||Mark Hammett||TBA||BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park||12,500|
|Connacht||Pat Lam||John Muldoon||Galway Sportsgrounds||9,500[a]|
|Edinburgh||Alan Solomons||TBA||BT Murrayfield||12,464[b]|
|Glasgow Warriors||Gregor Townsend||TBA||Scotstoun Stadium||10,000|
|Leinster||Matt O'Connor||TBA||RDS Arena
|Munster||Anthony Foley||Peter O'Mahony||Thomond Park
|Newport Gwent Dragons||Lyn Jones||Lee Byrne||Rodney Parade||11,676|
|Ospreys||Steve Tandy||Alun Wyn Jones||Liberty Stadium||20,532|
|Scarlets||Wayne Pivac||TBA||Parc y Scarlets||14,870|
|Ulster||Les Kiss (interim)||Rory Best||Kingspan Stadium||18,196|
|Zebre||Andrea Cavinato||TBA||Stadio XXV Aprile||5,000|
- Galway Sportsgrounds normal capacity is 7,500 but can be expanded to 9,500 with the addition of temporary seating.
- Although Murrayfield's full capacity is 67,800, only the lower section of the West Stand, with a capacity of 12,464, is generally opened for Edinburgh fixtures.
|Team||Played||Won||Drawn||Lost||Points For||Points Against||Points Difference||Tries For||Tries Against||Try Bonus||Losing Bonus||Points|
|8||Newport Gwent Dragons||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:
|Green background (rows 1 to 4) are play-off places, and earn a place in the European Rugby Champions Cup. Blue background indicates teams outside the play-off places, that earn a place in the European Rugby Champions Cup. The top team from each country will qualify. Yellow background indicate the two highest placed teams which have not already qualified automatically for a place in the Champions Cup; they will advance to a play-off against the seventh-place teams from the French Top 14 and English Premiership. If the 2014–15 European Rugby Challenge Cup winner has not already qualified, it will participate in the play off by taking a place given to its league. Plain background indicates teams that earn a place in the European Rugby Challenge Cup.|
All times are local.
22/23/24 May 2015
22/23/24 May 2015
29/30/31 May 2015
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