The Sunday Times and The Times, Ireland Edition renew partnership with the Guinness PRO14 Final Series for second year

PRO14 Rugby and The Sunday Times and The Times, Ireland Edition (part of News Ireland) have renewed their partnership ahead of the first ever Guinness PRO14 Final at Glasgow’s Celtic Park Stadium on May 25, 2019. The Sunday Times and The Times, Ireland Edition will act as the official media partners for all six games in the Guinness PRO14 Final Series for 2019.

Fans of the Guinness PRO14 as well as readers and subscribers of The Sunday Times and The Times, Ireland Edition will benefit from exclusive offers, bespoke events and premium content as the anticipation intensifies ahead of this season’s showcase game at Celtic Park Stadium – visit  http://bitly.com/Glasgow2019 or www.pro14rugby.org/final for more.

Fresh from the success of the 2018 Guinness PRO14 Final in Dublin that saw a new record attendance set for the third year in a row, Glasgow will play host as the Championship decider returns to Scotland for the first time since 2016.

After the first Guinness PRO14 season brought about increased attendances and audiences across broadcast and social media, the move to host the Final at Celtic Park will ensure that fans new and old can experience the thrilling play that the Championship decider delivers every season.

The Guinness PRO14 has been the talk of rugby over the past two years with the successful expansion into South Africa coupled to record-setting TV deals at home and abroad with Premier Sports, eir sport in the UK and Ireland and with ESPN in the United States.

With their world-class sports journalists and a stable of former international players and coaches available to provide insight and expert analysis, The Sunday Times and The Times, Ireland Edition will be able to provide their readers, subscribers and Guinness PRO14 fans with the best coverage in the run up to the Final on May 25.

From Monday to Saturday, The Times, Ireland Edition delivers sports news and opinions from their expert team which includes Ronan Early, Garry Doyle and Ewan McKenna and Enda McEvoy. The Sunday Times offers an in-depth and authoritative mix of sport from reporters such as Peter O’Reilly, Stephen Jones, Stuart Barnes and Denis Walsh.

Dermot Rigley, Commercial Director for PRO14 Rugby, was delighted to welcome back The Sunday Times and The Times, Ireland Edition as a partner of the Guinness PRO14 Final Series: 

“The exposure that our partnership with The Times, Ireland Edition & The Sunday Times brand produced ahead of last season’s Final in Dublin helped us to set a new attendance record so it’s great that we’re getting a chance to build on that success as we aim for another big crowd at Celtic Park. 

“The Times, Ireland Edition & The Sunday Times has revolutionized its offering to readers over the past number of years and also retained its high standards and we believe that the Guinness PRO14 has proved equally as innovative in the demanding world of professional rugby. 

“For a some time now we have been the tournament that is making headlines and thanks to our new broadcast deals our fans are able to watch more Guinness PRO14 action than ever before. Naturally, that will create more demand for the type of analysis and insight that The Times provides and it’s great to have their support and coverage right up to the Final in Glasgow on May 25.”

Richard Bogie, Managing Director with News Ireland, publishers of The Times, Ireland Edition & The Sunday Times, says: 

“We are particularly delighted to be working as media partners to the Guinness PRO14 Final Series for 2019. The Sunday Times and The Times, Ireland Edition are renowned for their high quality reporting and analysis on a broad range of sports and rugby plays a central role in the sports’ coverage of both products. We look forward to some top-class games over the coming months.” 

Ronan Early, Sports Editor with The Times, Ireland Edition, says:

“The Times, Ireland Edition invests in high-quality rugby, reporting day after day. We complement this by employing the best columnists in the business, Donncha O’Callaghan and Eddie O’Sullivan. We see rugby as a priority and as such, we are delighted to work as media partners to the Guinness PRO14.”

 

For more information about exclusive offers, content and events follow PRO14 Rugby and The Times’ digital channels:

Website:           www.pro14rugby.org                  www.thetimes.ie/join

Twitter:             @PRO14Official                         @SunTimesIreland        @thetimesIE

Facebook:        @PRO14Official                         @thetimesIE

 

ABOUT THE GUINNESS PRO14 CHAMPIONSHIP: The Guinness PRO14 Championship is made up of 14 clubs – four Irish, four Welsh, two Scottish, two Italian and for the first time this season two South African teams. Teams play a total of 21 games in the regular season across two conferences with the six top-ranked teams qualifying for the Guinness PRO14 Final Series.

A total of 295 International players appeared in the Guinness PRO12 during the 2016/17 season with 26 players from the Championship called up to the British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand. 

ABOUT THE GUINNESS PRO14 FINAL SERIES: The Championship knock-out stages consist of six games in total. A Play-Off match to earn the seventh European Champions Cup place; two Semi-Final qualifiers, two Semi-Finals and the Guinness PRO14 Final.

The 2nd Placed teams from each Conference will host Semi-Final Qualifiers against the 3rd Placed teams from their opposing Conferences. The winners of those games play away to the 1st Placed Teams from Conference A and Conference B in the Semi-Finals with the winners reaching the Guinness PRO14 Final.

The Champions Cup Play-Off game will be contested by the highest ranked teams from each Conference who have not automatically qualified for the Champions Cup. The team with the highest points total will be awarded home advantage with the winner qualifying for the European Champions Cup as the seventh-ranked team from the Guinness PRO14. 

ABOUT THE TIMES, IRELAND EDITION AND THE SUNDAY TIMES: 

The print edition of the Ireland edition of The Times is on shelves from Monday to Saturday, while the digital edition is available via tablet app, smartphone app or on www.thetimes.ie/join On Sunday, subscribers can obtain access to the digital edition of The Sunday Times or purchase the print edition of the publication.

In addition to providing a unique perspective on Irish news and sport, The Times, Ireland Edition ensures readers are always in the know about the global news agenda due to the wealth of content generated by over 200 journalists in London and 36 correspondents across six continents, all complemented by superb contributions from international names such as Caitlin Moran and Giles Coren.