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The United Rugby Championship is born - starting Sept 2021

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Post by Pot Hale Tue 15 Jun 2021, 12:19 pm

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From PRO Rugby:


The ‘United Rugby Championship will kick off in September 2021 as the top clubs from South Africa (Cell C Sharks, DHL Stormers, Emirates Lions and Vodacom Bulls) combine with the Guinness PRO14 to create a world-class 16-team league.

The United Rugby Championship will be bigger, bolder and stronger than its predecessors. Teams from five of rugby’s elite nations – Ireland, Italy, Scotland, Wales and South Africa will transform the competition into a league of super clubs, which will embrace difference and champion its athletes on their journey with the URC proudly representing all of those involved with the game.

Off the field the United Rugby Championship will strive to provide a platform for our players to tell their stories so that their achievements in sport and society can inspire the next-generation of rugby talent and the sport’s supporters to prove that rugby is a game for all.

This game-changing agreement between SA Rugby and PRO14 Rugby will strengthen their existing partnership and will drive greater growth of the game for the benefit of all 16 teams in the league.

Martin Anayi, CEO of United Rugby Championship, said: “Fans have always asked more of our league and now we are 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 intensity in an exciting new league format. Since the origins of the Celtic League in 2001, the vision has been to innovate and evolve in order to create a compelling competition which would challenge our players and teams to be at their very best every single week. Their potential has never been in doubt and now we can provide them with the arena to be the very best.

“Forming the United Rugby Championship will begin to reshape the world of club rugby. We are creating a league that embraces and celebrates difference and where the only way to succeed will be to match the skill and intensity of the international game.

“The arrival of South Africa’s elite teams and the removal of fixtures from international match weekends will make our league stronger across the board. We will see heroes taking on heroes every week in iconic locations to create an appeal that will be unmatched in in the world of club rugby.

“We now have a clear purpose and identity that everyone associated with our league can stand behind. We have listened and we have answered the challenge set by our clubs to take this competition to the next level both on and off the field. North and south will now collide on a regular basis and we cannot wait to see who will rise up as the first champions of the United Rugby Championship.”

Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby, said: “South African rugby has for many years imagined a future aligned with northern-hemisphere rugby and this announcement marks the arrival of that vision.

“Our teams will be pitting themselves against the leading clubs from four nations, steeped in rugby tradition and folklore. They’ll do it without having to cross time zones or acclimatise while 100 per cent of matches will kick off in South African prime time.

“This is a watershed moment in South African rugby history, opening new doors and heralding a new and exciting era for our sport.”

CROSSING NEW HORIZONS IN RUGBY

This agreement will create a pathway for SA Rugby to become a full shareholder in Pro Rugby Championship (PRC DAC) alongside the Celtic and Italian unions. In a sporting landscape looking towards the post-pandemic future this unification of north and south provides everyone involved in the United Rugby Championship with optimism for prosperous days ahead.

Subject to contract, all teams in the United Rugby Championship will be eligible to qualify for EPCR competitions in time for the 2022/23 season.

In comparison to the Guinness PRO14 structure, the 18-round regular season in the United Rugby Championship will see the return of a single-standing table that will prevent clashes with international weekends and leave little margin for error for those chasing the title. Every game will count in the league which will be further strengthened by an expanded knock-out series that aims to deliver more jeopardy with a full schedule of quarter-finals and semi-finals capped off by a Grand Final played in a destination venue.

The United Rugby Championship will set the stage where the diversity of playing styles, languages and fan cultures will clash across iconic locations in rugby heartlands week after week. The new league will also allow South Africa’s former Super Rugby sides to operate in a common time zone which will help open up greater audiences across the league and increase commercial appeal.

UNITED RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP LEAGUE FORMAT

The URC will use one league table to rank the teams who will reach the knock-out stages and compete to reach the title and become the champions.

Fixtures: The regular season of the United Rugby Championship will take place across 18 rounds with each team’s fixtures comprising of six (6) Home AND away fixtures against their regional pool opponents and12 Home OR away fixtures against the remaining teams in the league.

Regional 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 Club

Final Series/Play-Offs: One league table will be used to rank teams and after 18 rounds the top eight sides will qualify for the Play-Offs. Teams will be seeded from 1 to 8 and will receive home advantage according to their seeding. A full round of Quarter-Finals and Semi-Finals will take place to produce two teams who will qualify for the Grand Final.

UNITED RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP – CHAMPIONS CUP AND CHALLENGE CUP PARTICIPATION

A total of eight teams from the United Rugby Championship will qualify each season for the following season’s Heineken Champions Cup. The balance of teams will participate in the Challenge Cup.

Subject to the finalisation of contract terms with EPCR, South African teams will be eligible to qualify for the Heineken Champions Cup from the 2022/23 season if they have finished in the United Rugby Championship qualification places from the prior season.

All points won during the URC season will contribute to rankings in the regional pools and the highest-ranking team in each of the four pools will earn a place in the Champions Cup for the following season. This addition to the format is expected to add even greater intensity to these age-old local rivalries.

The remaining four places in the Champions Cup will be awarded to the four highest-ranked teams from the single-standing league table who have not already qualified through the four regional pools.
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Post by Intotouch Tue 29 Jun 2021, 10:24 pm

Cyril wrote:Welcome to the future of English, SA and Irish sides in the business end of the top European tournament. You built it.
because these changes will somehow cause al the top 14 sides to fall in standard and no team outside of these three countries forever and ever and ever…..

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Post by RiscaGame Wed 30 Jun 2021, 12:40 am

Intotouch wrote:
Cyril wrote:Welcome to the future of English, SA and Irish sides in the business end of the top European tournament. You built it.
because these changes will somehow cause al the top 14 sides to fall in standard and no team outside of these three countries forever and ever and ever…..

Not sure you were his intended target.

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Post by Welshmushroom Wed 30 Jun 2021, 6:01 pm

White bringing back 2 more former internationals back to the Bulls. They are heading the right way if they want to mount a credible challenge next season.

To be honest if he can just pry those Saffers from either Munster or Sale he would be very happy.

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Post by PhilBB Thu 01 Jul 2021, 11:19 am

Welshmushroom wrote:White bringing back 2 more former internationals back to the Bulls.  They are heading the right way if they want to mount a credible challenge next season.  

To be honest if he can just pry those Saffers from either Munster or Sale he would be very happy.

The SA internationals will be missing for many, many weeks of the season.
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Post by Welshmushroom Thu 01 Jul 2021, 1:43 pm

PhilBB wrote:
Welshmushroom wrote:White bringing back 2 more former internationals back to the Bulls.  They are heading the right way if they want to mount a credible challenge next season.  

To be honest if he can just pry those Saffers from either Munster or Sale he would be very happy.

The SA internationals will be missing for many, many weeks of the season.

Based on what exactly? Media outlets have all suggested this won't be the case.

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Post by Brendan Thu 01 Jul 2021, 3:27 pm

Welshmushroom wrote:
PhilBB wrote:
Welshmushroom wrote:White bringing back 2 more former internationals back to the Bulls.  They are heading the right way if they want to mount a credible challenge next season.  

To be honest if he can just pry those Saffers from either Munster or Sale he would be very happy.

The SA internationals will be missing for many, many weeks of the season.

Based on what exactly?  Media outlets have all suggested this won't be the case.

I don't think it has clicked with some people there are less games and points are going to be at a premium so better players will play more.

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Post by doctor_grey Thu 01 Jul 2021, 5:47 pm

Aside from the actual league structure, you made me realise we will learn something interesting. The Premiership is increasing the number of games whilst the new United league is reducing the number of games (for me, a sensible reduction). Wondering about the health of players after two or three years of this. The Premiership (or is it the PRL or RFU) has a high limit on the number of games in which a player can participate. So we will see who is fresher, which league has a lower injury rate, and so on.

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Post by Brendan Thu 01 Jul 2021, 6:59 pm

doctor_grey wrote:Aside from the actual league structure, you made me realise we will learn something interesting.  The Premiership is increasing the number of games whilst the new United league is reducing the number of games (for me, a sensible reduction).  Wondering about the health of players after two or three years of this.  The Premiership (or is it the PRL or RFU) has a high limit on the number of games in which a player can participate.  So we will see who is fresher, which league has a lower injury rate, and so on.

The two things will be how each of the URC choose to get the most from their squad members and how they fill the squad. Each team should have more money than they had pre-covid yet won't need as big a squad. 4 games might not be alot but it is an extra month off during the season for the none internationals.

I am still curious how they will do the second level to bring through the youngsters. It would be fitting (as in hare and tortoise) that the season the Prem ringfenced and essentially makes the Championship semi pro the Celtic League surpasses it in TV revenue (still to be confirmed) and also sets up a second division to bring on the provisional game.

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Post by PhilBB Fri 02 Jul 2021, 8:45 am

Welshmushroom wrote:
PhilBB wrote:
Welshmushroom wrote:White bringing back 2 more former internationals back to the Bulls.  They are heading the right way if they want to mount a credible challenge next season.  

To be honest if he can just pry those Saffers from either Munster or Sale he would be very happy.

The SA internationals will be missing for many, many weeks of the season.

Based on what exactly?  Media outlets have all suggested this won't be the case.

Based on the fixture list for the South African national team.

Here's a hint: don't swallow the propaganda in the press. Instead, do your own research.
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Post by PhilBB Fri 02 Jul 2021, 8:46 am

Brendan wrote:
Welshmushroom wrote:
PhilBB wrote:
Welshmushroom wrote:White bringing back 2 more former internationals back to the Bulls.  They are heading the right way if they want to mount a credible challenge next season.  

To be honest if he can just pry those Saffers from either Munster or Sale he would be very happy.

The SA internationals will be missing for many, many weeks of the season.

Based on what exactly?  Media outlets have all suggested this won't be the case.

I don't think it has clicked with some people there are less games and points are going to be at a premium so better players will play more.

What's clear is that some haven't checked the fixture list to see the clashes with the international game and international camps.....
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Post by Welshmushroom Fri 02 Jul 2021, 11:31 am

doctor_grey wrote:Aside from the actual league structure, you made me realise we will learn something interesting.  The Premiership is increasing the number of games whilst the new United league is reducing the number of games (for me, a sensible reduction).  Wondering about the health of players after two or three years of this.  The Premiership (or is it the PRL or RFU) has a high limit on the number of games in which a player can participate.  So we will see who is fresher, which league has a lower injury rate, and so on.

Yeah will be interesting. Looking forward to it at this point. I'm hoping the format with less games will end up leading to better matches. Given that we only end up playing some of the teams once I hope that will lead to away sides travelling with their best players.


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Post by profitius Thu 09 Sep 2021, 9:02 pm

https://youtu.be/exWscpYB2-A

A video on how the league was rebranded.
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