Gallagher Premiership, Pro14 and European 2019/20 remaining calendar

Gallagher Premiership
CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 06: Craig Doyle (BT Sport) interviwing Johnny Sextont during the European Rugby Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup 2019/2020 season launch for Gallagher Premiership and Pro14 clubs on November 6, 2019 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Huw Fairclough/Getty Images)

With the Gallagher Premiership, Guinness Pro14 and European rugby seasons still to play out, Last Word have looked at the calendar that lies ahead of us in the coming months.

Gallagher Premiership calendar explores midweek options

With nine fixtures outstanding in their season, Premiership Rugby have reportedly elected to go with three midweek fixtures to ensure their final is played on time.

Their season begins on August 15 and will end on October 24.

It’s hoped that the final can still be played at Twickenham, but it won’t be full. The RFU would be hoping it could be at around 41,000 capacity, based on one one metre social distancing.

A confirmed fixture list will be out later this week.

Premiership fixtures

Round 14: August 15/16

Round 15: August 22/23

Round 16 (midweek): August 25/26

Round 17: August 29/30

Round 18: September 4/5/6

Round 19 (midweek): September 9/10

Round 20: September 12/13

Round 21 (midweek): September 23/24

Round 22: October 3/4

Semi-finals: October 11

Final: October 24

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LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 11: Members of the 12 Gallagher Premiership Rugby Sides pose for a photo. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images for Premiership Rugby)

Guinness Pro14 fixtures

The Pro14 have decided to cut their season short, including the European qualification process, ending with just two rounds of derbies before the play-offs take place.

European qualification has been decided on standings when play came to a close and it’s likely it’ll play into a one-off, 24-team Heineken Champions Cup.

The final will no longer be held in Cardiff, but a venue will be confirmed in due course. Each of the nations will face off in derbies, with Scotland, Italy and South Africa doubling up whilst the Irish and Welsh only take on two of their counterparts.

Round 14: August 22/23

Round 15: August 29/30

Semi-finals: September 5

Final: September 12

Pictured at Pro14 announcement is WRU CEO Martyn Phillips and PRO14 CEO Martin Anayi
Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Champions Cup fixtures

Quarter finals: September 18/19/20

Semi-finals: September 25/26/27

Final: October 17

Test calendar still to fit in

There isn’t just a domestic calendar to factor in, but the impending squash of test match fixtures into the already crammed schedule.

Most sides have four internationals to play. Ireland and Italy still have to play two Six Nations fixtures, whilst the others all have to catch up with their final round fixture.

The autumn internationals will be played out in November as follows:

Autumn internationals

Week 1: November 7/8

Week 2: November 14/15

Week 3: November 21/22

Week 4: November 28/29

The final round of Guinness Six Nations fixtures is set to play out on October 31, but is yet to be confirmed. This would however, clash with the domestic calendar and thus clubs don’t have to release players.

This also leaves the pressing issue of when can Ireland play their round four game. If no Irish team get to the Champions Cup final, it could slot into October 24. If one does go all the way, it either has to clash with a European date – which the IRFU would be shooting themselves in the foot as a result – or it follows the final week of test, into December.

This would still mean players don’t have to be released for test match fixtures, but given the union ownership of sides involved, would be unlikely.

Summer tests have all been cancelled, but there has been chat of playing some of those. As we stand, there doesn’t seem much room for those, but they could be played out if domestic seasons are altered for next year.

Especially if the 24-team Champions Cup goes to eight pools of three teams, as per reports.

“Main photo credit”

Gallagher Premiership
CARDIFF, WALES – NOVEMBER 06: Craig Doyle (BT Sport) interviwing Johnny Sextont during the European Rugby Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup 2019/2020 season launch for Gallagher Premiership and Pro14 clubs on November 6, 2019 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Huw Fairclough/Getty Images)

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