Can anyone explain to me how the Guinness Pro14 works. There seems to be 2 leagues but teams play teams from the other league. Why?
For example Glasgow and Cardiff Blues, Scarlets and Zebre...played each other but are in different leagues.
Why don't they play teams in the same league as them?
- JamesLv 61 month agoBest Answer
The competition is divided into 2 conferences of 7 teams. Each conference has 2 teams from Wales and Ireland, and 1 each from Scotland, Italy and South Africa.
Each team plays 21 matches:
2 against each of the other 6 teams in their conference
1 against each of the 7 teams in the other conference
2 additional games with the team(s) in the other conference from the home country - for the Irish and Welsh teams this means 1 more game with 2 teams, for the teams from Scotland, Italy and SA it is 2 games with 1 team.
The top 3 in each conference advance to the play-offs. The first place teams go directly to the SF, while 2nd in conference A plays 3rd in conference B and 2nd in conference B plays 3rd in conference A in the QF.
- 1 month ago
Teams play each other home and away; it's based on regional sides from Wales, Ireland and Scotland. Top 4 teams make the play-offs, the winners of the semi-final games play in the Grand Final. Pretty simple. The best teams also play in the European Champions Cup (formerly Heineken Cup).