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VODACOM UNITED RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP

Irish side Munster, who dethroned the DHL Stormers in a pulsating Vodacom United Rugby Championship Grand Final in Cape Town on 27 May 2023, will start the defence of their title on the weekend of 21/22 October, when the new season kicks off. In 2022, the Capetonians became the first holders of the title by beating fellow-SA team the Vodacom Bulls in the final. Four teams from South Africa, the DHL Stormers, Vodacom Bulls, Emirates Lions and Hollywoodbets Sharks, are joined by 12 clubs from Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales this competition that first kicked off in September 2021. Previously, it was called the PRO12 and later PRO14. The 2023/24 season wiil conclude on 22 June 2024 with the Grand Final. All the teams are again split into four conferences.

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 2023_24 table
Pos Team PL W L D PF PA DIFF TF TA PTS
1
Munster
17 12 4 1 454 294 160 61 35 63
2
Vodacom Bulls
17 12 5 0 613 419 194 81 52 61
3
Leinster
17 12 5 0 521 343 178 76 42 60
4
Glasgow Warriors
17 12 5 0 481 327 154 71 33 60
5
DHL Stormers
17 11 6 0 439 324 115 54 43 54
6
Ulster
17 11 6 0 413 380 33 50 51 53
7
Edinburgh
17 11 6 0 410 366 44 47 47 49
8
Benetton
17 10 6 1 380 394 -14 46 56 49
9
Emirates Lions
17 9 8 0 502 369 133 65 46 49
10
Connacht
17 9 8 0 397 399 -2 50 52 45
11
Ospreys
17 9 8 0 381 420 -39 51 53 45
12
Cardiff Rugby
17 4 12 1 360 381 -21 46 46 30
13
Hollywoodbets Sharks
17 4 13 0 329 405 -76 45 51 25
14
Scarlets
17 4 13 0 281 560 -279 33 75 22
15
Dragons RFC
17 3 14 0 285 579 -294 34 80 16
16
Zebre Parma
17 1 15 1 319 605 -286 40 88 15

IRISH SHIELD
Pos Team PL W L D PF PA DIFF TF TA PTS
1
Ulster
5 4 1 0 106 97 9 11 14 17
2
Leinster
5 3 2 0 96 86 10 13 9 15
3
Connacht
5 2 3 0 97 120 -23 12 15 10
4
Munster
5 1 4 0 89 85 4 10 8 8

SCOTTISH/ITALIAN SHIELD
Pos Team PL W L D PF PA DIFF TF TA PTS
1
Glasgow Warriors
5 4 1 0 121 59 62 18 3 19
2
Edinburgh
5 3 2 0 115 93 22 15 11 14
3
Benetton
5 3 2 0 112 105 7 13 15 14
4
Zebre Parma
5 0 5 0 80 171 -91 8 25 2

SOUTH AFRICAN SHIELD
Pos Team PL W L D PF PA DIFF TF TA PTS
1
Vodacom Bulls
5 4 1 0 159 96 63 20 10 20
2
DHL Stormers
5 4 1 0 124 129 -5 13 17 17
3
Emirates Lions
5 2 3 0 131 118 13 17 14 12
4
Hollywoodbets Sharks
5 0 5 0 74 145 -71 9 18 3

WELSH SHIELD
Pos Team PL W L D PF PA DIFF TF TA PTS
1
Ospreys
5 4 1 0 114 74 40 16 6 19
2
Cardiff Rugby
5 2 3 0 140 117 23 17 16 12
3
Scarlets
5 2 3 0 92 117 -25 12 13 11
4
Dragons RFC
5 2 3 0 76 114 -38 7 17 9

TOP SCORERS

FIXTURES

Leinster

31 May | RDS Arena, Dublin

20:35

Connacht

Glasgow Warriors

31 May | Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow

20:35

Zebre Parma

DHL Stormers

01 Jun | DHL Stadium, Cape Town

13:45

Emirates Lions

Benetton

01 Jun | Stadio Comunale di Monigo, Treviso

14:00

Edinburgh

Scarlets

01 Jun | Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff

16:00

Dragons RFC

Hollywoodbets Sharks

01 Jun | Hollywoodbets Kings Park, Durban

16:10

Vodacom Bulls

Munster

01 Jun | Thomond Park, Limerick

18:15

Ulster

Cardiff Rugby

01 Jun | Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff

18:30

Ospreys

RESULTS

18 May|Kingspan Stadium, Belfast

Ulster

23 - 21

Leinster

18 May|Hollywoodbets Kings Park, Durban

Hollywoodbets Sharks

14 - 36

Cardiff Rugby

18 May|Dexcom Stadium, Galway

Connacht

12 - 16

DHL Stormers

18 May|Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg

Emirates Lions

44 - 21

Glasgow Warriors