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    https://www.munsterrugby.ie/2020/05/...ital-partners/

    Partnership Between Guinness PRO14 & CVC Capital Partners


    The Board of the Guinness PRO14 has completed a significant strategic partnership investment from CVC Capital Partners Fund VII (“CVC Fund VII”) that will allow the league to work towards its full potential – for the benefit of fans, players, clubs and unions in these key rugby nations over the years ahead.

    Under this agreement, CVC Fund VII will acquire a 28 per cent share of PRO14 Rugby from Celtic Rugby DAC, the Unions will retain the 72 per cent majority share.

    The partnership commitment will allow both PRO14 Rugby and the Irish, Italian, Scottish & Welsh rugby unions to continue to invest in the sport, both professional and amateur, to achieve its potential over the long term.

    A portion of the investment will also be held centrally at PRO14 Rugby, for the Board to invest in further capabilities for the business and in upgrading league operations in line with its growth ambitions.

    As part of this agreement, the Federazione Italiana Rugby (FIR), will also become a member of Celtic Rugby DAC, and receive a share of the investment.

    Martin Anayi, CEO, will continue to lead the management team at PRO14 Rugby, working closely with CVC and the unions on execution of the commercial plan. The unions will also remain independently responsible for the sporting and regulatory elements of the league, via the Sporting & Regulatory Committee.

    In the past four years, the Guinness PRO14 has performed well both on and off the field; doubling distributions to clubs and facilitating record investment back into the sport from the league. This has been recognised by CVC, who share PRO14 Rugby’s vision for the long-term potential of the league. CVC was selected by PRO14 Rugby and the unions as their partner due to the extensive experience of prior CVC funds investing in multiple sports businesses, such as Formula 1, Moto GP and Premiership Rugby.

    Dominic McKay, Chairman of Celtic Rugby DAC and Chief Operating Officer of Scottish Rugby, said: “I am delighted that we have managed to welcome CVC into the Guinness PRO14 as our partner. As a Board, we have been ambitious in our outlook and have significantly developed the league in recent years. One of our key goals was to secure a strategic partner to help accelerate our plans and CVC bring a wealth of experience and great expertise in this regard.

    “Sport, like all of society is dealing with major challenges currently that we could not have imagined just a few months ago, and it is testament to the strength of our partnership with CVC that they have committed to the game of rugby in a such a significant way. “Their enthusiasm and commitment is a welcome vote of confidence in the future of the sport and the Guinness PRO14 as an international competition. Completing this partnership with CVC is testament to the hard work invested by many people who have focused to deliver a bright vision for PRO14 and enable it to realise its commercial value in the global sports market.

    “We are also delighted that the FIR has now joined Celtic Rugby DAC as a shareholder after 10 years of participation in the league. Alongside my PRO14 Board colleagues at the Irish, Italian, Welsh and South African rugby unions I would like to warmly welcome CVC to the Guinness PRO14.”

    Martin Anayi, CEO of PRO14 Rugby, said: “CVC’s show of faith has been impressive and is in keeping with their proven track record of success when it comes to sports investment, including Formula 1, Moto GP and Premiership Rugby. This partnership allows all of our stakeholders to plan for a sustainable period of growth, which will benefit the fans, the players and the game.

    “We are very pleased to partner with CVC, who saw us as an ambitious, fast-paced and innovative organisation, situated across a number of core rugby nations that can deliver an increasing impact.

    “We have been clear that we believe the Guinness PRO14 is a world-class club league, that is still in its growth phase and we are confident that it will become a major standard bearer in our sport. We are excited that CVC clearly shares that ambition and we look forward to working with them to deliver on the league’s promise in the years ahead.”

    ABOUT CELTIC RUGBY DAC: The organisation responsible for running and operating the Guinness PRO14 Rugby Championship and is owned by the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU), the Federazione Italiana Rugby (FIR), the Scottish Rugby Union Limited (SRU) and the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU).

    The board of Celtic Rugby DAC is made up of representatives from the IRFU, SRU, WRU, the FIR and the South African Rugby Union

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      Behind closed doors interpros at the Aviva to be played the weekend of Aug 22/23 according to Philip Browne.

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        So it looks like we can field our new additions for the final rounds in the Pro14.

        How about the European Cup? I can imagine that it would be a big impact for the Saracens if they have not the players available that will leave. on the other hand I can not feel sorry for them.

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          Why in the Aviva if no fans?

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            It would have to be either there or RDS in terms of tv camera placement, off-field facilities for players & backroom staff, media facilities etc. Also, there's probably a pre-existing commitment to using LR for this fixture.
            Tis but a scratch.

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              Originally posted by reded View Post
              Why in the Aviva if no fans?
              because it really really big
              I am the million man.

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                Originally posted by reded View Post
                Why in the Aviva if no fans?
                more space for everyone not involved in games. Media etc.
                it's totally closed off venue. play games in double header and not have them at any provinces ground. Fairer to have them in national stadium

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                  Originally posted by ormond lad View Post
                  more space for everyone not involved in games. Media etc.
                  it's totally closed off venue. play games in double header and not have them at any provinces ground. Fairer to have them in national stadium
                  We had to go there anyway- so no great odds- looking forward to that weekend!!

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                    So are these games going to count towards the points total for the conferences? Are the other games going to be played? I would prefer to swap Leinster away for edinburgh away if they are reducing the number of games.

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                      Originally posted by reded View Post
                      So are these games going to count towards the points total for the conferences? Are the other games going to be played? I would prefer to swap Leinster away for edinburgh away if they are reducing the number of games.
                      Except that Edinburgh away gave us the chance to overtake them in the league getting a home semi, they have two games v Glasgow, I believe.

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                        Originally posted by jagawayagain View Post

                        Except that Edinburgh away gave us the chance to overtake them in the league getting a home semi, they have two games v Glasgow, I believe.
                        Without any audience it doesn't really make a difference if you have a home semi.

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                          Originally posted by Chrizzzie View Post

                          Without any audience it doesn't really make a difference if you have a home semi.
                          Not as much maybe, but I’d expect match day preparation routines are always easier at home, and it would mean delaying a knock out meeting with Leinster.

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                            I'm surprised this hasn't been posted yet.

                            The 2019/20 season will have an abbreviated finish that features the most attractive match-ups and rivalries from the Guinness PRO14 with two rounds of derby games in each territory counting towards final positions. This will cut the regular season from 21 game rounds to 15. Games postponed prior to the indefinite suspension will be deemed 0-0 draws as previously stated by PRO14 Rugby on February 28, 2020.

                            The postponed Round 13 fixtures Zebre Rugby Club v Ospreys and Benetton Rugby v Ulster have now been deemed 0-0 draws and all four teams will have two points added to their totals as a result. The updated tables can be viewed at www.pro14.rugby/match-centre/table/2020

                            Derby rounds in Italy, Scotland and South Africa will see the two teams from each territory play back-to-back fixtures. The derby fixtures for the teams in Ireland and Wales have yet to be confirmed and will be announced in line with kick-off times and broadcast selections.

                            The season will be concluded across four consecutive weekends with the Guinness PRO14 Final targeted for Saturday, September 12. The two teams which finish top of their conferences will qualify for a semi-final stage in order to compete for places in the Final. PRO14 Rugby will consider the latest information in the territories that knock-out games could take place before making a final decision on the venue(s).

                            Round 14: Saturday, August 22

                            Round 15: Saturday, August 29

                            Semi-Finals: Saturday, September 5

                            Final: Saturday, September 12
                            PRO14 Rugby has agreed that rankings for European qualification for the 2020/21 season will be decided on the Conference table positions from Round 13. This will include the points awarded to teams whose postponed games in Round 13 have been deemed 0-0 draws.
                            https://www.pro14.rugby/latest/pro14...-pro14-restart

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                              Originally posted by Wallyman View Post
                              I'm surprised this hasn't been posted yet.





                              https://www.pro14.rugby/latest/pro14...-pro14-restart
                              So, to qualify for the knockouts we have to play leinster twice? then perhaps play them again in the semi final or final?

                              Super. Thats great.
                              I am the million man.

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                                Originally posted by Cowboy View Post

                                So, to qualify for the knockouts we have to play leinster twice? then perhaps play them again in the semi final or final?

                                Super. Thats great.
                                I believe the Lansdowne Road inter pros in August will be Connacht v Ulster and Leinster v Munster on Aug 22/23 with Ulster v Leinster and Munster v Connacht on Aug 29/30. Open to correction naturally.

                                The back to back derbies naturally applying to the Scots, South Africans and the Italians.
                                Last edited by neill_m; 18-June-2020, 14:13.

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