Now this will be some spectacle.
The fixtures for rounds 1-13 of the Guinness PRO14 will be announced next Monday but it’s clear that most of the clubs already know the lie of the land as some of the fixtures are becoming known through various releases.
Ulster Rugby have just announced that they will be hosting the Free State Cheetahs at Kingspan Stadium for the opening round of this season’s Guinness PRO14.
Commenting on the announcement, Ulster Director of Rugby Les Kiss said:
“This is a really exciting departure for the competition and we’re delighted to be hosting the Cheetahs on the opening day, in what will be fantastic occasion under the lights of Kingspan Stadium.
“South Africa is one of world rugby’s great powerhouses with sides renowned for playing fast, open and uncompromising rugby so there is no doubt that both teams will add greatly to the Championship. The Cheetahs, in particular, are famous for their all-out attacking brand of rugby, and we also like to get the ball moving fast so I think it will make for a highly entertaining spectacle.”
The Cheetahs will likely be playing their away matches in blocks to save on travel-time so expect them to play other teams in Ireland, Scotland and Wales for the first few fixtures of this season’s competition.