Tuesday 27 September 2016

Confirmed: Next year's Pro12 final is coming to Dublin

Published 23/08/2016 | 11:58

Players, from left, LLoyd Williams of Cardiff Blues, Tommy Bowe of Ulster, Dan Lydiate of Ospreys, Alessandro Zanni of Benneton Treviso, Billy Holland of Munster, Isa Nacewa of Leinster, John Muldoon of Connacht, George Biagi of Zebre, Jonny Gray of Glasgow Warriors, Lewis Evans of Newport Gwent Dragons, Stuart McInally of Edinburgh and Ken Owen of Scarlets in attendance at the launch of the Guinness PRO12 2016/17 Championship at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Players, from left, LLoyd Williams of Cardiff Blues, Tommy Bowe of Ulster, Dan Lydiate of Ospreys, Alessandro Zanni of Benneton Treviso, Billy Holland of Munster, Isa Nacewa of Leinster, John Muldoon of Connacht, George Biagi of Zebre, Jonny Gray of Glasgow Warriors, Lewis Evans of Newport Gwent Dragons, Stuart McInally of Edinburgh and Ken Owen of Scarlets in attendance at the launch of the Guinness PRO12 2016/17 Championship at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

The 2017 Guinness Pro12 final will be held in the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on May 27, it has been confirmed.

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It has also been announced that tournament sponsor, Guinness, have extended their partnership for a further four years.

Speaking at the 2016/17 launch event at Aviva Stadium, Martin Anayi, chief executive of PRO12 Rugby, 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.

"Since it's 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."

Anayi continued: "We're thrilled to have Guinness on board for another four years and their continued support is a testament to the strength of our Championship which gets better with every passing season. Sponsors like Guinness also appreciate that we have a 'Fan First' philosophy and that is why we have put on this Early Bird offer to reward supporters who want to book their place at the final on May 27."

The competition kicks off on Friday, September 2.

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