A target date of Saturday, 22 August has been selected for the 2019/20 Guinness Pro14 season to restart across all five competing territories.

The date was agreed at the Pro14 Board meeting on Tuesday, 9 June, based upon the information currently available from each jurisdiction in which the competition is played.

The season will have an abbreviated finish that features the most attractive match-ups and rivalries from the Pro14 with two rounds of derby games in each territory counting towards final positions.

This will cut the regular season from 21 games to 15.

Matches postponed prior to the indefinite suspension will be deemed 0-0 draws as previously stated by Pro14 Rugby on 28 February.

The postponed Round 13 fixtures Zebre v Ospreys and Benetton v Ulster have now been deemed 0-0 draws and all four teams will have two points added to their totals as a result.

Derby rounds in Italy, Scotland and South Africa will see the two teams from each territory play back-to-back fixtures.

The derby fixtures for the teams in Ireland have yet to be confirmed and will be announced in line with kick-off times and broadcast selections.

Rankings for European qualification for next season will be decided on the table positions from Round 13.

This will include the points awarded to teams whose postponed games in Round 13 have been deemed 0-0 draws.

Once the competition formats for the 2020/21 season have been announced by EPCR, then Pro14 Rugby will confirm its qualifying teams for the Heineken Champions Cup. Connacht are set to join the other three Irish side in the Champions Cup next season based on this judgement. 

Pro14 Rugby say they are confident that proposals submitted by unions to governments across Ireland, the UK, Italy and South Africa will allow teams to get back on the pitch.

Discussions around these proposals will be on-going between each union and their respective governments.

The season will be concluded across four consecutive weekends with the final targeted for Saturday, 12 September.

The two teams which finish top of their conferences will qualify for a semi-final stage in order to compete for places in the final.

Pro14 Rugby will consider the latest information in the territories that knock-out games could take place before making a final decision on venues.

An overview of all the health and safety protocols and protective measures that will be put in place to prevent and mitigate the threat of Covid-19 will be announced soon. 

Leinster celebrate winning last season's tournament

Tournament Director of the Guinness Pro14, David Jordan, said: "Safety has been, and will continue to be, the highest priority as we look to activate our plans to restart the 2019/20 season. We are very fortunate to be in a position where everyone involved is confident that we can conclude the season on the field of play.

"The work and diligence of our leading medical personnel at our unions, our clubs, World Rugby and key stakeholders to get us to this point has been immense. Operating across five territories often brings different complexities to the Guinness Pro14 but our unions have worked hard to bring proposals to their governments so we may put plans into action."

Planning for next year's Pro14 season has begun with 3 October identified as the provisional date for the start.

Updated tables

Proposed Game Rounds

  • Round 14: Saturday, 22 August
  • Round 15: Saturday, 29 August
  • Semi-finals: Saturday, 5 September
  • Final: Saturday, 12 September