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VODACOM UNITED RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP

Four South African teams, the Vodacom Bulls, Emirates Lions, DHL Stormers and Cell C Sharks, will join 12 clubs from Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales in a brand new competition called the Vodacom United Rugby Championship (URC), which has emerged from the PRO12 and later PRO14. The competition kicks off in September 2021, with all the teams 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 2021_2022 table
Pos Team PL W L D PF PA DIFF TF TA PTS
1
Edinburgh
8 6 1 1 205 124 81 28 14 33
2
Leinster
7 6 1 0 219 85 134 31 10 29
3
Ulster
8 5 3 0 182 133 49 24 15 26
4
Glasgow
8 5 3 0 198 157 41 26 17 26
5
Munster
7 5 2 0 175 107 68 23 9 24
6
Ospreys
9 5 4 0 180 219 -39 15 28 22
7
Benetton
8 4 4 0 180 192 -12 23 26 21
8
Connacht
8 4 4 0 206 179 27 27 23 20
9
Scarlets
6 3 3 0 142 179 -37 18 25 16
10
Cardiff
6 3 3 0 130 148 -18 14 15 14
11
Emirates Lions
5 2 3 0 107 120 -13 11 16 11
12
Cell C Sharks
5 2 3 0 115 129 -14 11 15 9
13
Dragons
7 1 6 0 131 174 -43 15 20 9
14
DHL Stormers
5 1 3 1 99 123 -24 11 15 7
15
Vodacom Bulls
5 1 4 0 65 131 -66 5 13 5
16
Zebre Parma
6 0 6 0 66 200 -134 8 29 1

IRISH SHIELD
Pos Team PL W L D PF PA DIFF TF TA PTS
1
Leinster
7 6 1 0 219 85 134 31 10 29
2
Ulster
8 5 3 0 182 133 49 24 15 26
3
Munster
7 5 2 0 175 107 68 23 9 24
4
Connacht
8 4 4 0 206 179 27 27 23 20

SCOTTISH/ITALIAN SHIELD
Pos Team PL W L D PF PA DIFF TF TA PTS
1
Edinburgh
8 6 1 1 205 124 81 28 14 33
2
Glasgow
8 5 3 0 198 157 41 26 17 26
3
Benetton
8 4 4 0 180 192 -12 23 26 21
4
Zebre Parma
6 0 6 0 66 200 -134 8 29 1

SOUTH AFRICAN SHIELD
Pos Team PL W L D PF PA DIFF TF TA PTS
1
Emirates Lions
5 2 3 0 107 120 -13 11 16 11
2
Cell C Sharks
5 2 3 0 115 129 -14 11 15 9
3
DHL Stormers
5 1 3 1 99 123 -24 11 15 7
4
Vodacom Bulls
5 1 4 0 65 131 -66 5 13 5

WELSH SHIELD
Pos Team PL W L D PF PA DIFF TF TA PTS
1
Ospreys
9 5 4 0 180 219 -39 15 28 22
2
Scarlets
6 3 3 0 142 179 -37 18 25 16
3
Cardiff
6 3 3 0 130 148 -18 14 15 14
4
Dragons
7 1 6 0 131 174 -43 15 20 9

TOP SCORERS

FIXTURES

Emirates Lions

22 Jan | Emirates Airline Park, JHB

15:00

Cell C Sharks

Vodacom Bulls

22 Jan | Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

17:05

DHL Stormers

Dragons

28 Jan | Rodney Parade, Newport (Wales)

21:35

Benetton

Ulster

28 Jan | Kingspan Stadium, Belfast (Ireland)

21:35

Scarlets

Emirates Lions

29 Jan | Emirates Airline Park, JHB

15:00

Vodacom Bulls

RESULTS

08 Jan|Thomond Park, Limerick (Ireland)

Munster

18 - 13

Ulster

08 Jan|Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli (Wales)

Scarlets

-

Dragons

08 Jan|Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow (Scotland)

Glasgow

38 - 19

Ospreys

08 Jan|DAM Health Stadium, Edinburgh (Scotland)

Edinburgh

34 - 10

Cardiff

02 Jan|Murrayfield, Edinburgh (Scotland)

Edinburgh

-

Glasgow