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_2023 table
Pos Team PL W L D PF PA DIFF TF TA PTS
1
Leinster
3 3 0 0 95 52 43 13 7 14
2
Vodacom Bulls
3 3 0 0 92 60 32 11 9 14
3
Ulster
3 2 1 0 104 69 35 13 8 11
4
DHL Stormers
2 2 0 0 72 33 39 8 4 10
5
Cell C Sharks
2 2 0 0 62 56 6 7 6 9
6
Benetton
3 2 1 0 77 76 1 8 9 9
7
Emirates Lions
3 2 1 0 74 76 -2 9 9 9
8
Ospreys
3 1 1 1 82 68 14 10 7 9
9
Edinburgh
3 1 2 0 93 73 20 14 8 7
10
Munster
3 1 2 0 51 48 3 6 5 6
11
Glasgow Warriors
3 1 2 0 80 89 -9 11 11 5
12
Dragons RFC
3 1 2 0 48 81 -33 2 11 5
13
Cardiff Rugby
3 1 2 0 62 96 -34 8 13 4
14
Zebre Parma
3 0 3 0 71 96 -25 11 13 4
15
Scarlets
3 0 2 1 85 112 -27 9 12 3
16
Connacht
3 0 3 0 39 102 -63 5 13 0

TOP SCORERS

FIXTURES

Connacht

07 Oct | The Sportsground, Galway

20:35

Munster

Edinburgh

07 Oct | DAM Health Stadium, Edinburgh

20:35

Emirates Lions

Zebre Parma

08 Oct | Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi, Parma

16:00

DHL Stormers

Leinster

08 Oct | RDS Arena, Dublin

18:05

Cell C Sharks

Scarlets

08 Oct | Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli

18:15

Cardiff Rugby

RESULTS

01 Oct|Rodney Parade, Newport

Dragons RFC

19 - 20

Cell C Sharks

01 Oct|Stadio Comunale di Monigo, Treviso

Benetton

34 - 23

Scarlets

01 Oct|Musgrave Park, Cork

Munster

21 - 5

Zebre Parma

01 Oct|Swansea.com Stadium, Swansea

Ospreys

32 - 17

Glasgow Warriors

01 Oct|DHL Stadium, Cape Town

DHL Stormers

34 - 18

Edinburgh