Connacht Rugby | United Rugby Championship Heralds a New Era for Club Rugby


The ‘United Rugby Championship will kick off in September 2021 as the highest golf equipment from South Africa (Cell C Sharks, DHL Stormers, Emirates Lions and Vodacom Bulls) mix with the Guinness PRO14 to create a world-class 16-team league.
The United Rugby Championship shall be larger, bolder and stronger than its predecessors. Groups from 5 of rugby’s elite nations – Eire, Italy, Scotland, Wales and South Africa will rework the competitors right into a league of tremendous golf equipment, which is able to embrace distinction and champion its athletes on their journey with the URC proudly representing all of these concerned with the sport.
Off the sphere the United Rugby Championship will attempt to supply a platform for our gamers to inform their tales in order that their achievements in sport and society can encourage the next-generation of rugby expertise and the game’s supporters to show that rugby is a recreation for all.
This game-changing settlement between SA Rugby and PRO14 Rugby will strengthen their current partnership and can drive better development of the sport for the advantage of all 16 groups within the league.
Martin Anayi, CEO of United Rugby Championship, mentioned: “Followers have all the time requested extra of our league and now we’re taking it to new heights. The United Rugby Championship will see World Cup winners, icons of the Guinness Six Nations, the Rugby Championship and stars of the British & Irish Lions tour turning up the depth in an thrilling new league format. For the reason that origins of the Celtic League in 2001, the imaginative and prescient has been to innovate and evolve as a way to create a compelling competitors which might problem our gamers and groups to be at their easiest each single week. Their potential has by no means been unsure and now we are able to present them with the sector to be the easiest.
“Forming the United Rugby Championship will start to reshape the world of membership rugby. We’re making a league that embraces and celebrates distinction and the place the one strategy to succeed shall be to match the talent and depth of the worldwide recreation.
“The arrival of South Africa’s elite groups and the removing of fixtures from worldwide match weekends will make our league stronger throughout the board. We’ll see heroes taking up heroes each week in iconic areas to create an enchantment that shall be unmatched in on the earth of membership rugby.
“We now have a transparent goal and id that everybody related to our league can stand behind. We’ve listened and we’ve answered the problem set by our golf equipment to take this competitors to the following stage each on and off the sphere. North and south will now collide regularly and we can not wait to see who will stand up as the primary champions of the United Rugby Championship.”

Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby, mentioned: “South African rugby has for a few years imagined a future aligned with northern-hemisphere rugby and this announcement marks the arrival of that imaginative and prescient.
“Our groups shall be pitting themselves in opposition to the main golf equipment from 4 nations, steeped in rugby custom and folklore. They’ll do it with out having to cross time zones or acclimatise whereas 100 per cent of matches will kick off in South African prime time.
“This can be a watershed second in South African rugby historical past, opening new doorways and heralding a brand new and thrilling period for our sport.”

Crossing New Horizons in Rugby
This settlement will create a pathway for SA Rugby to develop into a full shareholder in Professional Rugby Championship (PRC DAC) alongside the Celtic and Italian unions. In a sporting panorama wanting in the direction of the post-pandemic future this unification of north and south offers everybody concerned within the United Rugby Championship with optimism for affluent days forward.
Topic to contract, all groups within the United Rugby Championship shall be eligible to qualify for EPCR competitions in time for the 2022/23 season.
Compared to the Guinness PRO14 construction, the 18-round common season within the United Rugby Championship will see the return of a single-standing desk that can stop clashes with worldwide weekends and depart little margin for error for these chasing the title. Each recreation will depend within the league which shall be additional strengthened by an expanded knock-out sequence that goals to ship extra jeopardy with a full schedule of quarter-finals and semi-finals capped off by a Grand Last performed in a vacation spot venue.
The United Rugby Championship will set the stage the place the range of taking part in types, languages and fan cultures will conflict throughout iconic areas in rugby heartlands week after week. The brand new league can even permit South Africa’s former Tremendous Rugby sides to function in a standard time zone which is able to assist open up better audiences throughout the league and enhance industrial enchantment.
United Rugby Championship League Format
The URC will use one league desk to rank the groups who will attain the knock-out phases and compete to achieve the title and develop into the champions.
Fixtures: The common season of the United Rugby Championship will happen throughout 18 rounds with every staff’s fixtures comprising of six (6) House AND away fixtures in opposition to their regional pool opponents and12 House OR away fixtures in opposition to the remaining groups within the league
Regional swimming pools
Irish Pool: Connacht, Leinster, Munster, Ulster
Welsh Pool: Dragons, Cardiff Rugby, Ospreys, Scarlets
South African Pool: Cell C Sharks, DHL Stormers, Emirates Lions and Vodacom Bulls
Italian & Scottish Pool: Benetton Rugby, Edinburgh, Glasgow Warriors, Zebre Rugby Membership
Last Sequence/Play-Offs: One league desk shall be used to rank groups and after 18 rounds the highest eight sides will qualify for the Play-Offs. Groups shall be seeded from 1 to eight and can obtain residence benefit in response to their seeding.
A full spherical of Quarter-Finals and Semi-Finals will happen to provide two groups who will qualify for the Grand Last.
United Rugby Championship – Champions Cup and Problem Cup Participation
A complete of eight groups from the United Rugby Championship will qualify every season for the next season’s Heineken Champions Cup. The steadiness of groups will take part within the Problem Cup.
Topic to the finalisation of contract phrases with EPCR, South African groups shall be eligible to qualify for the Heineken Champions Cup from the 2022/23 season if they’ve completed within the United Rugby Championship qualification locations from the prior season.
All factors gained in the course of the URC season will contribute to rankings within the regional swimming pools and the highest-ranking staff in every of the 4 swimming pools will earn a spot within the Champions Cup for the next season. This addition to the format is anticipated so as to add even better depth to those age-old native rivalries.
The remaining 4 locations within the Champions Cup shall be awarded to the 4 highest-ranked groups from the single-standing league desk who haven’t already certified by means of the 4 regional swimming pools.


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