Reigning Pro14 Champions: Leinster

HISTORY will made once again when the Guinness PRO14 Final kicks off at Celtic Park in 100 Days as the Championship’s showpiece game takes place outside of a traditional rugby venue for the very first time.

It will also mark the first occasion in modern history where the oval ball takes centre stage at the home of Celtic FC which is one of the most iconic venues in the world of sport.

Competition to reach the Guinness PRO14 Final has never been greater with 11 teams all in with a chance of making it to the decider on May 25.

In both Conference A and Conference B groups of four teams are separated by just two points and with seven rounds left to play the battle to reach the Guinness PRO14 Final Series will provide plenty of must-see drama.

The Guinness PRO14 Final itself has established a legacy for drama, top-class rugby and a knack for creating history.

Since moving to neutral ‘Destination’ venues in 2015 – starting with Belfast’s Kingspan Stadium – the Guinness PRO14 Final has seen four different champions crowned in as many years while Glasgow Warriors and Connacht Rugby were also first-time title winners.

In each year the attendance has either provided a sell-out or set a new record with last year’s game at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium raising that figure to 46,092.

The fixture itself set a number of records on the field with Leinster Rugby and Scarlets combining for the highest total of points (72) and the highest number of tries (9) ever scored in the Championship decider.

Key Information about Celtic Park:

  • Home of Celtic Football Club, Celtic Park is Scotland’s biggest football stadium with a capacity of 60,832.
  • The highest attendance at a match within the stadium was against Rangers in 1938 with an attendance of 92,000.
  • Fondly known as Paradise to fans, Celtic Park boasts over 50,000 season tickets holders as well as millions of fans worldwide.
  • Proud host venue of Glasgow 2018, Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony, Celtic Park is a premier destination for visitors and events.
  • In 2016 Celtic Park were first in the UK to introduce rail seating section in the stadium.
Falling short: Scarlets lost to Leinster in last years final

Key Information about the Guinness PRO14 Final

Destination Final Attendances
2018: Aviva Stadium, Dublin – 46,092 (record)
2017: Aviva Stadium, Dublin – 45,556 (record)
2016: BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh – 34,500 (record)
2015: Kingspan Stadium, Belfast – 17,500 (sell out)

Merit-based Finals
2014: RDS Arena, Dublin (Leinster) – 19,200 (sell out)
2013: RDS Arena, Dublin (Ulster) – 19,200 (sell out)
2012: RDS Arena, Dublin (Leinster) – 18,500 (sell out)
2011: Thomond Park, Limerick (Munster) – 26,100 (sell out)
2010: RDS Arena, Dublin (Leinster) – 19,500 (sell out)

2018 Final at glance:

  • New record of total points scored: 72
  • New record of total tries scored: 9
  • Johnny McNicholl (Scarlets) – First player to score a hat-trick in a Final
  • Sean Cronin (Leinster) – First player to score in three Finals
  • Jordan Larmour (Leinster) – Youngest ever try scorer at 20 years 350 days

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