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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
Ulster
4 4 0 0 125 50 75 19 6 20
2
Munster
3 3 0 0 119 48 71 17 5 15
3
Leinster
3 3 0 0 81 16 65 12 1 14
4
Glasgow
3 2 1 0 77 68 9 10 8 11
5
Edinburgh
3 1 1 1 73 70 3 10 8 9
6
Ospreys
3 2 1 0 58 64 -6 4 6 8
7
Benetton
3 2 1 0 58 73 -15 7 10 8
8
DHL Stormers
4 1 2 1 80 86 -6 8 11 7
9
Dragons
4 1 3 0 74 80 -6 7 8 7
10
Cardiff
3 1 2 0 66 68 -2 8 4 6
11
Scarlets
3 1 2 0 71 82 -11 8 11 6
12
Emirates Lions
4 1 3 0 70 101 -31 7 13 6
13
Connacht
3 1 2 0 77 75 2 9 10 5
14
Cell C Sharks
3 1 2 0 68 90 -22 7 12 4
15
Vodacom Bulls
3 1 2 0 39 84 -45 3 10 4
16
Zebre
3 0 3 0 36 117 -81 5 18 1

IRISH SHIELD
Pos Team PL W L D PF PA DIFF TF TA PTS
1
Ulster
4 4 0 0 125 50 75 19 6 20
2
Munster
3 3 0 0 119 48 71 17 5 15
3
Leinster
3 3 0 0 81 16 65 12 1 14
4
Connacht
3 1 2 0 77 75 2 9 10 5

SCOTTISH/ITALIAN SHIELD
Pos Team PL W L D PF PA DIFF TF TA PTS
1
Glasgow
3 2 1 0 77 68 9 10 8 11
2
Edinburgh
3 1 1 1 73 70 3 10 8 9
3
Benetton
3 2 1 0 58 73 -15 7 10 8
4
Zebre
3 0 3 0 36 117 -81 5 18 1

SOUTH AFRICAN SHIELD
Pos Team PL W L D PF PA DIFF TF TA PTS
1
DHL Stormers
4 1 2 1 80 86 -6 8 11 7
2
Emirates Lions
4 1 3 0 70 101 -31 7 13 6
3
Cell C Sharks
3 1 2 0 68 90 -22 7 12 4
4
Vodacom Bulls
3 1 2 0 39 84 -45 3 10 4

WELSH SHIELD
Pos Team PL W L D PF PA DIFF TF TA PTS
1
Ospreys
3 2 1 0 58 64 -6 4 6 8
2
Dragons
4 1 3 0 74 80 -6 7 8 7
3
Cardiff
3 1 2 0 66 68 -2 8 4 6
4
Scarlets
3 1 2 0 71 82 -11 8 11 6

TOP SCORERS

FIXTURES

Zebre

16 Oct | Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi, Parma (Italy)

14:00

Glasgow

Benetton

16 Oct | Stadio Comunale di Monigo, Treviso (Italy)

16:00

Ospreys

Edinburgh

16 Oct | DAM Health Stadium, Edinburgh (Scotland)

18:15

Vodacom Bulls

Leinster

16 Oct | RDS Arena, Dublin (Ireland)

18:15

Scarlets

Cardiff

16 Oct | Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff (Wales)

20:35

Cell C Sharks

RESULTS

15 Oct|Rodney Parade, Newport (Wales)

Dragons

10 - 24

DHL Stormers

15 Oct|Kingspan Stadium, Belfast (Ireland)

Ulster

26 - 10

Emirates Lions

10 Oct|Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli (Wales)

Scarlets

13 - 43

Munster

09 Oct|Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff (Wales)

Cardiff

19 - 29

Vodacom Bulls

09 Oct|The Sportsground, Galway (Ireland)

Connacht

22 - 35

Dragons