Thursday 17 January 2019

Strength of PRO14 is now apparent

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David Wallace

Munster go to France for their Champions Cup semi-final against Racing 92, but the most intriguing part about the semi-final line-up is that three PRO14 teams are part of the make-up, writes David Wallace.

It shows the talent that's coming through in the PRO14. A lot of that comes from the international coaching as well. Ireland, Wales and Scotland are going strongly with Italy coming back too.

The South African teams have added something and that will influence the style of the PRO14 teams. The league is going from strength to strength.

It needed a new lease of life and with Munster, Leinster and Scarlets still in the Champions Cup it says it all. Glasgow Warriors are also up there in the league, and they are the four main challengers in the PRO14.

It's not sheer luck that the semi-finals have turned out like this. The PRO14 teams have shown what they can do in the league and now they are doing it in Europe again too.

The TV money is only a fraction of what the Premiership and Top 14 command, but yet the standard in the PRO14 seems to have the edge at this stage.

It's a fantastic product and continues to grow. You see the demand that's out there for the English and French leagues, I don't see why the TV stations aren't giving the PRO14 preference now.

Irish Independent

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