About

VODACOM UNITED RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP

The DHL Stormers were crowned champions of the inaugural Vodacom United Rugby Championship after they beat fellow-SA team the Vodacom Bulls in a pulsating Grand Final in Cape Town in June 2022. Two other teams from South Africa, the Emirates Lions and Cell C Sharks, were joined by 12 clubs from Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales this brand new competition that kicked off in September 2021. Previously, it was called the PRO12 and later PRO14. The new season will start later in 2022, with all the teams again split into four conferences, with home and away matches against all the competing sides part of the schedule.

The history

The Championship originated in 1999 when the Welsh and Scottish unions created a competition for their teams, and in 2001 four Irish provinces were added to create the Celtic League. The ambition amongst the three unions in 2001 was to create a vibrant and competitive professional club competition that would provide their players with the best preparation for Test level rugby. In 2010, two Italian teams were welcomed as the competition began to look boldly towards a more diverse future – this was reflected in the name change to PRO12 in later seasons. In a historic move in 2017, the Championship expanded to South Africa and, in keeping with its cross-border DNA, added the Cheetahs and the Southern Kings to become a cross-hemisphere club rugby tournament known as the PRO14.

Vodacom United Rugby Championship 2022_23 table
Pos Team PL W L D PF PA DIFF TF TA PTS
1
Leinster
13 13 0 0 422 202 220 60 27 61
2
DHL Stormers
13 9 3 1 395 279 116 50 33 50
3
Ulster
12 8 4 0 370 261 109 51 32 43
4
Vodacom Bulls
13 8 5 0 406 345 61 51 41 40
5
Glasgow Warriors
12 8 4 0 328 287 41 46 39 39
6
Munster
13 7 6 0 289 228 61 38 29 37
7
Benetton
13 7 6 0 323 370 -47 40 51 34
8
Cell C Sharks
12 7 5 0 325 326 -1 41 42 33
9
Edinburgh
13 5 8 0 340 288 52 51 37 31
10
Connacht
13 6 7 0 271 298 -27 38 41 30
11
Cardiff Rugby
13 6 7 0 284 326 -42 33 43 29
12
Ospreys
13 4 7 2 298 334 -36 38 45 29
13
Emirates Lions
12 5 7 0 265 358 -93 30 49 24
14
Scarlets
13 4 8 1 296 380 -84 35 48 22
15
Dragons RFC
13 3 10 0 289 378 -89 33 47 18
16
Zebre Parma
13 0 13 0 224 465 -241 34 65 7

TOP SCORERS

FIXTURES

Munster

17 Feb | Thomond Park, Limerick

21:35

Ospreys

Glasgow Warriors

17 Feb | Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow

21:35

Ulster

Emirates Lions

18 Feb | Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg

15:00

Cell C Sharks

Vodacom Bulls

18 Feb | Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

17:05

DHL Stormers

Zebre Parma

18 Feb | Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi, Parma

17:05

Connacht

RESULTS

04 Feb|Hollywoodbets Kings Park, Durban

Cell C Sharks

19 - 46

DHL Stormers

29 Jan|Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi, Parma

Zebre Parma

24 - 28

Ospreys

28 Jan|The Sportsground, Galway

Connacht

43 - 24

Emirates Lions

28 Jan|DAM Health Stadium, Edinburgh

Edinburgh

19 - 22

Cell C Sharks

28 Jan|RDS Arena, Dublin

Leinster

38 - 14

Cardiff Rugby