The Guinness PRO12 launched the 2016/17 season in Dublin today at the Aviva Stadium with players from Ireland, Scotland and Wales all battling to earn a place in The British & Irish Lions 2017 touring squad to New Zealand.
The Aviva Stadium will play host to the Final, which Connacht claimed at BT Murrayfield a year ago, in the culmination of the domestic season.
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And with Lions places on the line, there will be even greater interest in the performances of players from the home nations as they aim to get a spot on the plane to New Zealand.
The Head Coach will be announced on Wednesday, September 7 at Standard Life House in Edinburgh, and he will be keeping a close eye on the competition.
Martin Anayi, managing director, PRO12 rugby, was thrilled to announce the Final will take place in Dublin.
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.
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“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.”