The return of Super Rugby in New Zealand over the last number of weeks and in Australia (beginning this weekend) has been a welcome sight for rugby supporters starved of action over the last number of months.
However, those of us in the northern hemisphere are keen to see the return of professional competition in this neck of the woods.
Teams involved in the PRO14, Premiership and Top 14 are all back in pre-season training after a lengthy layoff.
With ongoing conversations surrounding the formulation of a global calendar, there is still some uncertainty with what the makeup of the 2020/21 season will look like.
However, we are getting a clearer picture on the beginning of the new season which will also include the culmination of the 2019/20 campaigns in the PRO14 and Premiership.
Here’s everything we know so far:
Round 14: Saturday, August 22
Round 15: Saturday, August 29
Semi-Finals: Saturday, September 5
Final: Saturday, September 12
Concrete details such as kick-off times are not yet known but Rounds 14 and 15 will consist of derby fixtures e.g. Munster will play Leinster and Connacht in Rounds 14 and 15, respectively.
Beginning of 20/21 season: October 3rd
Season Resumption: Saturday, August 15
Champions Cup & Challenge Cup
Quarter-finals: The weekend of 18/19/20 September
Semi-finals: The weekend of 25/26/27 September
Challenge Cup final: Friday, 16 October
Heineken Champions Cup final: Saturday, 17 October
Start of 2020/21 season: The weekend of 11/12/13 December
The 2019/20 Top 14 season has been cancelled.
2020/21 season start: September 5th
October – December [Not confirmed]