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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
Leinster
6 5 1 0 172 66 106 24 7 24
2
Ulster
6 5 1 0 156 96 60 22 12 24
3
Edinburgh
6 4 1 1 147 104 43 19 12 23
4
Munster
5 4 1 0 149 84 65 20 7 19
5
Ospreys
6 4 2 0 123 146 -23 10 18 17
6
Connacht
6 3 3 0 177 124 53 23 15 16
7
Glasgow
6 3 3 0 127 124 3 16 14 16
8
Benetton
6 3 3 0 131 154 -23 17 20 16
9
Cardiff
5 3 2 0 120 114 6 13 10 14
10
Scarlets
5 2 3 0 120 160 -40 14 22 11
11
Dragons
6 1 5 0 117 141 -24 13 15 9
12
DHL Stormers
4 1 2 1 80 86 -6 8 11 7
13
Emirates Lions
4 1 3 0 70 101 -31 7 13 6
14
Cell C Sharks
4 1 3 0 85 113 -28 9 14 5
15
Vodacom Bulls
4 1 3 0 49 101 -52 4 11 5
16
Zebre Parma
5 0 5 0 52 161 -109 6 24 1

IRISH SHIELD
Pos Team PL W L D PF PA DIFF TF TA PTS
1
Leinster
6 5 1 0 172 66 106 24 7 24
2
Ulster
6 5 1 0 156 96 60 22 12 24
3
Munster
5 4 1 0 149 84 65 20 7 19
4
Connacht
6 3 3 0 177 124 53 23 15 16

SCOTTISH/ITALIAN SHIELD
Pos Team PL W L D PF PA DIFF TF TA PTS
1
Edinburgh
6 4 1 1 147 104 43 19 12 23
2
Glasgow
6 3 3 0 127 124 3 16 14 16
3
Benetton
6 3 3 0 131 154 -23 17 20 16
4
Zebre Parma
5 0 5 0 52 161 -109 6 24 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
4 1 3 0 85 113 -28 9 14 5
4
Vodacom Bulls
4 1 3 0 49 101 -52 4 11 5

WELSH SHIELD
Pos Team PL W L D PF PA DIFF TF TA PTS
1
Ospreys
6 4 2 0 123 146 -23 10 18 17
2
Cardiff
5 3 2 0 120 114 6 13 10 14
3
Scarlets
5 2 3 0 120 160 -40 14 22 11
4
Dragons
6 1 5 0 117 141 -24 13 15 9

TOP SCORERS

FIXTURES

Cell C Sharks

03 Dec | Jonsson Kings Park, Durban

19:00

Vodacom Bulls

Edinburgh

03 Dec | DAM Health Stadium, Edinburgh (Scotland)

21:35

Benetton

Leinster

03 Dec | RDS Arena, Dublin (Ireland)

21:45

Connacht

Ospreys

04 Dec | Swansea.com Stadium, Swansea (Wales)

17:00

Ulster

DHL Stormers

04 Dec | Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town

17:00

Emirates Lions

RESULTS

28 Nov|Emirates Airline Park, JHB

Emirates Lions

-

Cardiff

27 Nov|RDS Arena, Dublin (Ireland)

Leinster

10 - 20

Ulster

27 Nov|Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

Vodacom Bulls

-

Munster

27 Nov|Rodney Parade, Newport (Wales)

Dragons

14 - 30

Edinburgh

27 Nov|Jonsson Kings Park, Durban

Cell C Sharks

-

Scarlets