2019–20 Pro14

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2019–20 Pro14
CountriesIreland Ireland
Italy Italy
Scotland Scotland
South Africa South Africa
Wales Wales
Date27 September 2019 – 20 June 2020
Matches played42
Attendance260,903
(average 6,212 per match)
Highest attendance14,436
Munster v Ulster (9 November 2019)
Lowest attendance2,000
Zebre v Glasgow Warriors (9 November 2019)
Official website
www.pro14rugby.org

The 2019–20 Pro14 (also known as the Guinness Pro14 for sponsorship reasons) is the nineteenth season of the professional rugby union competition originally known as the Celtic League. It is also the third season to be referred to as the Pro14 (the competition was named the Pro12 immediately prior to the addition of two South African teams).[1][2]

Fourteen teams are competing in this season — four Irish teams: Connacht, Leinster, Munster and Ulster; two Italian teams: Benetton and Zebre; two Scottish teams: Edinburgh and Glasgow Warriors; two South African teams: Cheetahs and the Southern Kings; and four Welsh teams: Cardiff Blues, Dragons, Ospreys and Scarlets.

Teams[edit]

Location of 2019–20 Pro14 teams in Great Britain and Ireland.
Location of 2019–20 Pro14 teams in Italy
Location of 2019–20 Pro14 teams in South Africa
Yellow pog.svg Conference A; Blue pog.svg Conference B.
Team Coach /
Director of Rugby
Captain Stadium/

Stadia

Capacity
Italy Benetton New Zealand Kieran Crowley Italy Dean Budd Stadio Comunale di Monigo, Treviso 6,700
Wales Cardiff Blues Australia John Mulvihill Wales Ellis Jenkins Cardiff Arms Park 12,125
South Africa Cheetahs South Africa Franco Smith
South Africa Hawies Fourie
South Africa Tian Meyer Free State Stadium 48,000
Ireland Connacht Australia Andy Friend Australia Jarrad Butler Galway Sportsgrounds 8,129
Wales Dragons England Dean Ryan Wales Cory Hill Rodney Parade 8,700
Scotland Edinburgh England Richard Cockerill Scotland Stuart McInally Murrayfield Stadium 67,144[a]
Scotland Glasgow Warriors New Zealand Dave Rennie New Zealand Callum Gibbins
Scotland Ryan Wilson
Scotstoun Stadium 7,351
Ireland Leinster Ireland Leo Cullen Ireland Jonathan Sexton RDS Arena
Aviva Stadium
18,500
51,700
Ireland Munster South Africa Johann van Graan Ireland Peter O'Mahony Thomond Park
Irish Independent Park
25,600[b]
8,008
Wales Ospreys Ireland Allen Clarke Wales Justin Tipuric Liberty Stadium 20,827
Wales Scarlets New Zealand Brad Mooar Wales Ken Owens Parc y Scarlets 14,870
South Africa Southern Kings South Africa Robbi Kempson (interim) South Africa JC Astle Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 48,459
15,000
Ireland Ulster England Dan McFarland Ireland Iain Henderson Ravenhill Stadium 18,196
Italy Zebre Ireland Michael Bradley Italy Tommaso Castello Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi 5,000

Competition Format[edit]

League Stage

The fourteen teams are split into two conferences of seven teams, with each conference featuring two teams from Ireland and Wales plus one team from Italy, Scotland and South Africa.[3] To ensure a competitive balance, the teams are distributed approximately evenly between the conferences based upon their performance in the previous season.[4]

The regular season is made up of 21 rounds –
6 home and 6 away games against each team in their own conference
7 games, either home or away, against the teams in the other conference
2 additional regional derbies[5][6]

  • Each Irish team plays the two Irish teams in the other conference, one at home and one away
  • Each Welsh team plays the two Welsh teams in the other conference, one at home and one away
  • Each Italian team plays the Italian team in the other conference twice, home and away
  • Each Scottish team plays the Scottish team in the other conference twice, home and away
  • Each South African team plays the South African team in the other conference twice, home and away
League Play-Offs

The first-placed teams in both conferences are given byes to the semi-finals. The second and third placed teams in opposite conferences playoff in two quarter-finals for the two remaining semi-final places.[7]

Champions Cup Qualification

The South African teams cannot compete in the European Rugby Champions Cup. The top three eligible European teams in both conferences automatically qualify for following year's Champions Cup. The fourth ranked eligible teams in each conference playoff with the winners taking the seventh Champions Cup place.

Team changes[edit]

Ireland[edit]

Munster's backs coach Felix Jones and forwards coach Jerry Flannery left the province when their contracts expired in June 2019.[8] Graham Rowntree will join the province as their new forwards coach after the completion of his duties with Georgia at the 2019 Rugby World Cup.[9] Stephen Larkham, attack coach for the Australian national team, will also join the province as a senior coach ahead of the 2019–20 season.[10]

Long-serving Ulster captain Rory Best announced in April 2019 that he would retire from rugby after the 2019 Rugby World Cup.[11] Iain Henderson replaced Best as captain.[12]

Italy[edit]

Scotland[edit]

South Africa[edit]

Cheetahs announced in June 2019 that Hawies Fourie had replaced Franco Smith as their head coach.[13]

Wales[edit]

Then-Crusaders assistant coach Brad Mooar was confirmed as Wayne Pivac's replacement as Scarlets head coach in December 2018, with Pivac leaving the region to take over from Warren Gatland as Wales' head coach after the 2019 Rugby World Cup.[14] Scarlets also appointed then-Highlanders defence coach and former London Irish head coach Glenn Delaney as their new defence coach, replacing the outgoing Byron Hayward.[15]

Dragons announced the departure of head coach Bernard Jackman in December 2018, with Ceri Jones replacing Jackman on an interim basis for the remainder of the 2018–19 season, before the region confirmed in May 2019 that Dean Ryan would join in the newly created director of rugby position.[16]

Table[edit]

2019–20 Pro14 Table view · watch · edit · discuss
Conference A
Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TBP LBP PTS
1 Ireland Leinster 6 6 0 0 220 72 +148 32 9 5 0 29
2 Ireland Ulster 6 4 0 2 167 137 +30 21 18 3 1 20
3 South Africa Cheetahs 6 3 0 3 203 127 +76 28 15 3 2 17
4 Scotland Glasgow Warriors 6 3 0 3 138 111 +27 20 14 2 1 15
5 Wales Dragons 6 2 0 4 115 180 –65 14 25 1 0 9
6 Wales Ospreys 6 1 0 5 79 175 –96 9 22 1 1 6
7 Italy Zebre 6 0 0 6 67 212 –145 9 30 1 1 2
Conference B
Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TBP LBP PTS
1 Ireland Munster 6 5 0 1 169 120 +49 21 11 4 0 24
2 Wales Scarlets 6 5 0 1 141 117 +24 18 13 1 0 21
3 Scotland Edinburgh 6 4 0 2 165 98 +67 20 13 2 1 19
4 Ireland Connacht 6 4 0 2 144 111 +33 19 15 3 0 19
5 Italy Benetton 6 2 0 4 123 163 –40 14 20 1 3 12
6 Wales Cardiff Blues 6 2 0 4 122 136 –14 13 14 1 1 10
7 South Africa Southern Kings 6 1 0 5 110 204 –94 11 30 0 2 6
If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order -[17]
  1. number of matches won
  2. the difference between points for and points against
  3. the number of tries scored
  4. the most points scored
  5. the difference between tries for and tries against
  6. the fewest red cards received
  7. the fewest yellow cards received

Green background indicates teams that compete in the Pro14 play-offs, and also earn a place in the 2020–21 European Champions Cup
(excluding South African teams who are ineligible)

Blue background indicates teams outside the play-off places that earn a place in the 2020–21 European Champions Cup
Yellow background indicates the fourth-ranked eligible teams in each conference that play-off against each other for the seventh place in the 2020–21 European Champions Cup
Plain background indicates teams that earn a place in the 2020–21 European Rugby Challenge Cup.
(CH) Champions. (RU) Runners-up. (SF) Losing semi-finalists. (QF) Losing quarter-finalists. (PO) Champions Cup play-off winners. (q) Qualified for Pro14 play-offs. (Q) Qualified for Pro14 play-off semi-finals. (e) Cannot reach play-offs.

Match summary[edit]

Template:2019–20 Pro14 match summary

Conference Rounds 1 to 21[edit]

All times are local.

Round 1[edit]

27 September 2019
19:05
(1 BP) Cheetahs South Africa 48–14 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
Free State Stadium
Attendance: 4,528
Referee: Daniel Jones
27 September 2019
19:35
(1 BP) Ulster Ireland 38–14 Wales Ospreys
Report
Kingspan Stadium
Attendance: 12,408
Referee: Marius Mitrea
28 September 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Munster Ireland 39–9 Wales Dragons
Report
Thomond Park
Attendance: 10,878
Referee: Ben Blain
28 September 2019
16:00
(1 BP) Southern Kings South Africa 27–31 Wales Cardiff Blues (1 BP)
Report
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Attendance: 2,077
Referee: Mike Adamson
28 September 2019
17:15
Scarlets Wales 18–10 Ireland Connacht
Report
Parc y Scarlets
Attendance: 6,415
Referee: Stuart Berry
28 September 2019
17:35
(1 BP) Benetton Italy 27–32 Ireland Leinster (1BP)
Report
Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Attendance: 3,695
Referee: Ben Whitehouse
28 September 2019
19:35
(1 BP) Edinburgh Scotland 50–15 Italy Zebre
Report
Murrayfield Stadium
Attendance: 4,221
Referee: George Clancy

Round 2[edit]

4 October 2019
19:35
(1 BP) Glasgow Warriors Scotland 21–25 Wales Scarlets
Report
Scotstoun Stadium
Attendance: 6,897
Referee: George Clancy
4 October 2019
19:35
(1 BP) Leinster Ireland 53–5 Wales Ospreys
Report
RDS Arena
Attendance: 11,259
Referee: Stuart Berry
5 October 2019
15:00
Southern Kings South Africa 20–31 Ireland Munster (1 BP)
Report
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Attendance: 3,115
Referee: Daniel Jones
5 October 2019
17:35
Cardiff Blues Wales 11–19 Scotland Edinburgh
Report
Cardiff Arms Park
Attendance: 5,190
Referee: Frank Murphy
5 October 2019
17:00
(1 BP) Zebre Italy 28–52 Wales Dragons (1 BP)
Report
Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Attendance: 2,100
Referee: Sean Gallagher
5 October 2019
17:15
(1 BP) Cheetahs South Africa 63–26 Ireland Ulster (1 BP)
Report
Free State Stadium
Attendance: 4,582
Referee: Ian Davies
5 October 2019
19:35
(1 BP) Connacht Ireland 41–5 Italy Benetton
Report
Galway Sportsgrounds
Attendance: 4,839
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge

Round 3[edit]

11 October 2019
18:15
(1 BP) Cheetahs South Africa 40–16 Ireland Munster
Report
Free State Stadium
Attendance: 4,814
Referee: Mike Adamson
11 October 2019
19:35
Dragons Wales 14–38 Ireland Connacht (1 BP)
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 3,257
Referee: Marius Mitrea
11 October 2019
19:35
(1 BP) Leinster Ireland 40–14 Scotland Edinburgh
Report
RDS Arena
Attendance: 12,712
Referee: Ben Whitehouse
12 October 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Scarlets Wales 54–10 Italy Zebre
Report
Parc y Scarlets
Attendance: 6,424
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge
12 October 2019
15:00
Southern Kings South Africa 17–42 Ireland Ulster (1 BP)
Report
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Attendance: 2,807
Referee: Craig Evans
12 October 2019
19:35
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 17–13 Wales Cardiff Blues (1 BP)
Report
Scotstoun Stadium
Attendance: 6,708
Referee: Sean Gallagher
12 October 2019
19:35
(1 BP) Ospreys Wales 24–20 Italy Benetton (1 BP)
Report
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 5,670
Referee: Frank Murphy

Round 4[edit]

25 October 2019
19:35
(1 BP) Munster Ireland 28–12 Wales Ospreys
Report
Irish Independent Park
Attendance: 7,311
Referee: Stuart Berry
25 October 2019
19:35
Ulster Ireland 23–14 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Kingspan Stadium
Attendance: 12,250
Referee: Mike Adamson
26 October 2019
15:00
Dragons Wales 18–5 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 3,673
Referee: George Clancy
26 October 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Benetton Italy 36–30 South Africa Southern Kings (1 BP)
Report
Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Attendance: 3,694
Referee: Daniel Jones
26 October 2019
17:15
(1 BP) Connacht Ireland 24–22 South Africa Cheetahs (1 BP)
Report
Galway Sportsgrounds
Attendance: 4,945
Referee: Ben Whitehouse
26 October 2019
17:15
(1 BP) Zebre Italy 0–3 Ireland Leinster
Report
Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: Craig Evans
26 October 2019
19:35
(1 BP) Edinburgh Scotland 46–7 Wales Scarlets
Report
Murrayfield Stadium
Attendance: 5,191
Referee: Frank Murphy

Round 5[edit]

1 November 2019
19:35
(1 BP) Glasgow Warriors Scotland 50–0 South Africa Southern Kings
Report
Scotstoun Stadium
Attendance: 6,789
Referee: Joy Neville
1 November 2019
19:35
(1 BP) Leinster Ireland 50–15 Wales Dragons
Report
RDS Arena
Attendance: 10,568
Referee: Andrewa Piardi
1 November 2019
19:35
Ulster Ireland 22–7 Italy Zebre
Report
Kingspan Stadium
Attendance: 10,975
Referee: Sam Grove-White
2 November 2019
15:00
Scarlets Wales 17–13 South Africa Cheetahs (1 BP)
Report
Parc y Scarlets
Attendance: 6,341
Referee: Mike Adamson
2 November 2019
17:15
Ospreys Wales 10–20 Ireland Connacht
Report
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 5,726
Referee: Marius Mitrea
2 November 2019
17:15
Benetton Italy 18–16 Scotland Edinburgh (1 BP)
Report
Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Attendance: 3,676
Referee: Ben Whitehouse
2 November 2019
19:35
Cardiff Blues Wales 23–33 Ireland Munster (1 BP)
Report
Cardiff Arms Park
Attendance: 5,256
Referee: Stuart Berry

Round 6[edit]

8 November 2019
19:35
Connacht Ireland 11–42 Ireland Leinster (1 BP)
Report
Galway Sportsgrounds
Attendance: 8,129
Referee: Sean Gallagher
8 November 2019
19:35
Edinburgh Scotland 20–7 Wales Dragons
Report
Murrayfield Stadium
Attendance: 5,762
Referee: George Clancy
9 November 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Ospreys Wales 14–16 South Africa Southern Kings
Report
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 5,240
Referee: Andrea Piardi
9 November 2019
15:00
Zebre Italy 7–31 Scotland Glasgow Warriors (1 BP)
Report
Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Ian Davies
9 November 2019
17:15
Cardiff Blues Wales 30–17 South Africa Cheetahs
Report
Cardiff Arms Park
Attendance: 5,698
Referee: Ben Blain
9 November 2019
17:15
Munster Ireland 22–16 Ireland Ulster (1 BP)
Report
Thomond Park
Attendance: 14,436
Referee: Frank Murphy
9 November 2019
Scarlets Wales 20–17 Italy Benetton (1 BP)
Report
Parc y Scarlets
Attendance: 6,147
Referee: Andrew Brace


Play-offs[edit]

The top side from each of the two conferences are given a bye to the semi-finals and have home advantage. Teams placed second and third in opposite conferences meet in the two quarter-finals to determine the other two semi-finalists with the teams ranked second having home advantage.

The play-offs are scheduled in the four weeks after the regular season has been completed.

Quarter-finals   Semi-finals   Pro14 Final
                   
       
     
     
   
     
     
 

Final[edit]

Play-off for the 7th Champions Cup place[edit]

South African teams cannot compete in the European Rugby Champions Cup as it is restricted to European teams. The top three eligible teams in each conference automatically qualify for the following year's Champions Cup. The seventh Champions Cup place is allocated to the winners of the playoff match between the fourth ranked eligible teams in each conference played at the home of the team with the most regular league points.

Referees[edit]

Attendances by club[edit]

  • Includes quarter-finals and semi-finals – the final is not included as it is held at a neutral venue. Due to the Conference A & B structure of 21 rounds in the Pro14, some teams played 10 league home games during the league stage, while others played 11. Does not include European Champions Cup play-off game.
Club Home
games
Total Average Highest Lowest % Capacity
Italy Benetton 3 10,889 3,630 3,695 3,500 54%
Wales Cardiff Blues 3 16,144 5,381 5,698 5,190 44%
South Africa Cheetahs 3 13,924 4,641 4,814 4,528 10%
Ireland Connacht 3 17,913 5,971 8,129 4,839 73%
Wales Dragons 2 6,930 3,465 3,673 3,257 40%
Scotland Edinburgh 3 15,174 5,058 5,762 4,221 8%
Scotland Glasgow Warriors 3 20,394 6,798 6,897 6,708 92%
Ireland Leinster 3 34,539 11,513 12,712 10,568 62%
Ireland Munster 3 32,625 10,875 14,436 7,311 63%
Wales Ospreys 3 16,636 5,545 5,726 5,240 27%
Wales Scarlets 4 25,327 6,332 6,424 6,147 43%
South Africa Southern Kings 3 7,999 2,666 3,115 2,077 6%
Ireland Ulster 3 35,633 11,878 12,408 10,975 65%
Italy Zebre 3 6,600 2,200 2,500 2,000 44%

Highest attendances[edit]

Date Game Stadium Attendance
9 November 2019 Munster (h) v Ulster Thomond Park 14,436
11 October 2019 Leinster (h) v Edinburgh RDS Arena 12,712
27 September 2019 Ulster (h) v Ospreys Kingspan Stadium 12,408
25 October 2019 Ulster (h) v Cardiff Blues Kingspan Stadium 12,250
4 October 2019 Leinster (h) v Ospreys RDS Arena 11,259

End of Season Awards[edit]

PRO14 Dream Team[edit]

Pos Player Team
FB 15
RW 14
OC 13
IC 12
LW 11
FH 10
SH 9
N8 8
OF 7
BF 6
RL 5
LL 4
TP 3
HK 2
LP 1

Award winners[edit]

Award Winner
Players' Player of the Season
Young Player of the Season
Coach of the Season
Chairman's Award
Golden Boot
Top Try Scorer
Fairplay Award
Try of the Season

Leading scorers[edit]

Note: Flags to the left of player names indicate national team as has been defined under World Rugby eligibility rules, or primary nationality for players who have not yet earned international senior caps. Players may hold one or more non-WR nationalities.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Although Murrayfield's full capacity is 67,144, only the lower section of the East Stand, with a capacity of 12,464, is generally opened for Edinburgh fixtures.
  2. ^ Thomond Park's official capacity is 25,600 but can be expanded up to 26,276 with temporary seating.

References[edit]

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External links[edit]