2021 Pro 14 Rainbow Cup

In 2021 there were major disruptions to the Pro 14 competition due to the COVID-19 pandemic. One of these was the inability of the South African teams to travel and compete in Europe. This led to an abbreviated competition that finished in March 2021.

It was announced that the Rainbow Cup would follow in April, involving the European Pro 14 teams and the 4 ex-Super teams from South Africa - Sharks, Lions, Stormers and Bulls.

Initially the format was to be 2 groups of 8 teams but the format was changed to a league table with the top 2 teams after pool play meeting in the final. This was largely due to logistical issues related to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

The first 3 rounds would be local derbies with no travel to or from South Africa. 

The 2021 Pro 14 Rainbow Cup will trial 3 law variations, all currently used in the Super Rugby competitions in New Zealand and Australia. These are:

  • Replacement for a red carded player after 20 minutes. 
  • A captain's challenge, allowing the team captain a referral to check on any of 3 scenarios:
  • a decision in the final five minutes of a match
  • an offence in the build up to a try
  • an act of foul play
  • Goal-line dropouts if the ball is held-up over the line, knocked on in goal or when a defending team grounds the ball in-goal after a kick through.

   

Rainbow Cup
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against BP Points
  Leinster
  Bulls
  Lions
  Ulster
  Sharks
  Stormers
  Munster
  Ospreys
  Dragons
  Scarlets
  Connacht
  Cardiff Blues
  Glasgow Warriors
  Edinburgh Rugby
  Zebre Rugby Club
  Benetton Rugby


2021 Pro 14 Rainbow Cup fixtures and results

April 23

    

    

April 24

   

   

   

April 25

   

April 30

May 1

   

May 7

   

   

May 8 

   

  

  

May 9

   

May 14

   

May 15

   

  

May 16


Stormers

Ulster

Edinburgh Rugby 

Benetton Rugby

Bulls

Ospreys

Leinster

Dragons

    

Sharks

Stormers

  

Zebre Rugby Club

Munster

Glasgow Warriors

Connacht

Scarlets

Bulls

Lions

Cardiff Blues

   

Munster

Leinster

Scarlets

Benetton Rugby

Edinburgh

Dragons

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

  

v

v

   

v

v

v

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v

v

  

v

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Sharks

Connacht

Zebre Rugby Club 

Glasgow Warriors

Lions

Cardiff Blues

Munster

Scarlets

   

Lions

Bulls

   

Benetton Rugby

Ulster

Edinburgh Rugby

Leinster

Ospreys

Sharks

Stormers

Dragons

  

Connacht

Ulster

Cardiff Blues

Zebre Rugby Club

Glasgow Warriors

Ospreys

Cape Town

Belfast

Edinburgh

Treviso

Pretoria

Swansea

Dublin

Newport


Durban

Cape Town

   

Palma

Limerick

Glasgow

Galway

Llanelli

Pretoria

Johannesburg

Cardiff


Limerick

Dublin

Llanelli

Treviso

Edinburgh

Newport