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All The Best ‘Behind The Scenes’ Shots As The Aviva Is Confirmed For Pro12 Final

On the eve of the new Pro12 season, there was lots of positive news circulating the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday and lots of rugby players milling about trying not to be too bored.

The competition has extended its title partnership agreement with Guinness until 2020, it has been confirmed, while this coming season’s final will be held in Dublin – at the launch venue.

“We’re thrilled to have Guinness on board for another four years and their continued support is a testament to the strength of our Championship which gets better with every passing season,” Martin Anayi, the managing director of the Pro 12 league, said.

REPRO FREE***PRESS RELEASE NO REPRODUCTION FEE*** Launch of the 2016/17 Guinness PRO12 Season, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 23/8/2016 Pictured today at the launch of the 2015/16 Guinness PRO12 Season (L-R) Zebre's George Biagi, Scarlets' Ken Owens, Munster's Billy Holland, Ospreys' Dan Lydiate, Leinster's Isa Nacewa, Connacht's John Muldoon, Glasgow Warriors' Jonny Gray, Cardiff Blues' Lloyd Williams, Newport Gwent Dragons' Lewis Evans, Edinburgh's Stuart McInally, Ulster's Tommy Bowe and Benetton Treviso's Alessandro Zanni Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

And having seen Connacht claim the Pro12 title in spectacular fashion in Edinburgh earlier this year, Anayi was delighted to have the showpiece move west in 2017. He said:

“After the successes of the finals hosted in Belfast and Edinburgh, Aviva Stadium will provide another grand stage that rewards clubs, players and fans from across the Championship.

“Since its redevelopment in 2010, Aviva Stadium has fast become an iconic rugby arena and after a thrilling final at BT Murrayfield between Connacht Rugby and Leinster Rugby that set a new attendance record, it seems only right that we should try to raise the bar yet again here in Dublin.

“Sponsors like Guinness also appreciate that we have a ‘Fan First’ philosophy and that is why we have put on an Early Bird offer – where fans can save up to 20% on selected tickets – to reward supporters who want to book their place at the final on May 27.”

Biding their time between photo shoots, the players involved in the official launch also found different ways to keep themselves occupied!

And, of course, one from the defending champions…

Tickets for next year’s final are already available from www.ticketmaster.ie with Adult prices starting from €30 and Kids tickets on sale from €5. The on-field action gets underway on September 2nd.

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