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Guinness PRO12 launches in crucial Lions season

Guinness PRO12 launches in crucial Lions season

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.

"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."

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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— PRO12RUGBY (@PRO12rugby) August 23, 2016


“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.”

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