THE Guinness PRO14 has targeted August 22nd as the restart date for the 2019/20 season but the season will be shortened.
The new format cuts the season from 21 rounds of games to 15, with games postponed prior to the competition’s suspension in March declared as 0-0 draws.
There will be two rounds of derby matches in the final two weeks of August to help determine who plays in the semi-finals which will be on September 5th – with the final a week later.
Rankings for European qualification for next season will be decided on the table positions from Round 13.
The derby fixtures in Ireland have yet to be confirmed, although the IRFU have pencilled in games for the Aviva Stadium on 22 and 23 August.