Opening PRO14 fixtures announced for 2020-21
Edinburgh will begin the 2020-21 season at home to Ospreys on Saturday 3 October as the Guinness PRO14 today announced the opening eight fixtures of the new league season.
Edinburgh will play an even four home and four away fixtures in the opening eight rounds of action, while the capital side will take part in four consecutive Monday night match-ups in a new look PRO14 schedule.
The Guinness PRO14 Conferences will remain the same as for the 2019-20 season in keeping with the two-year rotation of the tables. As alluded to earlier, discussions are under way with the South African Rugby Union to enter a team in place of the Southern Kings in 2021.
As a result of travel restrictions to and from South Africa due to COVID-19 restrictions, the first 11 games of the upcoming Guinness PRO14 season will feature European-based teams only. Plans are in place for South African teams to resume playing in 2021, but they will not be able to play a full schedule. With the pandemic conditions varying across each of our competing territories the full fixture list cannot be published at this point.
Rounds 9, 10 and 11 of the Guinness PRO14 will feature the fierce derby matches across the UK, Ireland and Italy and the scheduling for those games will occur in due course.
After opening against Ospreys on Saturday 3 October (kick-off 7.35pm), Edinburgh hit the road to face Conference rivals Munster on Saturday 10 October, before returning home to take on Connacht a fortnight later on Sunday 25 October – with both games 7.35pm KO.
Richard Cockerill’s side will travel to Parc y Scarlets to face Scarlets in Round 4 on Sunday 1 November (kick-off 6.45pm), before coming up against Welsh opponents the following week as Cardiff Blues visit BT Murrayfield on Monday 9 November (kick-off 8.15pm).
Back-to-back away Monday night fixtures see Edinburgh travel to face Leinster (Monday 16 November) and Dragons (Monday 23 November) in Rounds 6 and 7, as the capital side close out Round 8 at home to Ulster on Monday 30 November in an 8.15pm KO.
All Guinness PRO14 fixtures are live on Premier Sports, while Castle Club and Castle Junior Members have priority access to one match ticket per member per game throughout the 2020/21 season at a preferential rate (20% discount), as well as a 25% discount on the price of a 2020/21 season ticket product, if/when this is on sale.
We anticipate that Edinburgh Rugby’s home GUINNESS Pro14 fixtures up until the end of October will need to be played behind closed doors, due to current COVID-19 restrictions. However, the situation will be kept under ongoing review and supporters will continue to be kept updated of any changes.
Edinburgh Rugby Rounds 1-8 Guinness PRO14 Fixtures
Round 1: Edinburgh Rugby vs Ospreys, Saturday 3 October, kick-off 7.35pm
Round 2: Munster v Edinburgh Rugby, Saturday 10 October, kick-off 7.35pm
Round 3: Edinburgh Rugby v Connacht, Sunday 25 October, kick-off 7.35pm
Round 4: Scarlets v Edinburgh Rugby, Sunday 1 November, kick-off 6.45pm
Round 5: Edinburgh Rugby v Cardiff Blues, Monday 9 November, kick-off 8.15pm
Round 6: Leinster v Edinburgh Rugby, Monday 16 November, kick-off 8.15pm
Round 7: Dragons v Edinburgh Rugby, Monday 23 November, kick-off 6pm
Round 8: Edinburgh Rugby v Ulster, Monday 30 November, kick-off 8.15pm