The Sunday Times and The Times, Ireland Edition unveiled as official media partner of the Guinness PRO14 Final Series

PRO14 Rugby, The Sunday Times and The Times, Ireland Edition have launched their partnership ahead of the first ever Guinness PRO14 Final at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium on May 26, 2018. 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 2018.

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 Aviva Stadium – visit or for more.

It is an historic season for the Guinness PRO14 after the Championship’s expansion into South Africa, which now sees the Toyota Cheetahs and the Southern Kings compete across hemispheres against teams from Italy, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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 26.

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 and Christy O’Connor.

Dermot Rigley, Commercial and Marketing Director for PRO14 Rugby, was thrilled to unveil The Sunday Times and The Times, Ireland Edition as the latest partner for the Final Series: 

“The Times brand is known right across the world for its excellence and now that the Guinness PRO14 has become a truly global rugby Championship featuring some of the best players in game, it’s an ideal fit.”

“The excitement around the Guinness PRO14 has never been greater. The Championship is more competitive and unpredictable than ever, scoring is up, so too are attendances and viewership while our clubs are getting great results in European competition. On top of that, ticket sales for the Guinness PRO14 Final are really strong so we’re certainly the rugby tournament that has everyone talking and that will provide great content for readers and subscribers of The Sunday Times and The Times, Ireland Edition.

Oliver Keenaghan, General Manager with News Ireland, says:  

“We are particularly delighted to be working as media partners to the Guinness PRO14 Final Series for 2018. The Sunday Times and The Times, Ireland Edition are known 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.” 


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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.




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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.



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