Best of Social Media Reaction: Expansion to PRO14 Championship

Andrew Lawton
02 August 2017

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Confirmation of the arrival of the Toyota Cheetahs and the Southern Kings into the newly expanded Guinness PRO14 was another landmark day in the competition’s history.

Unsurprisingly, it caused quite a stir as fans learned about the exciting two conference system and new Finals Series which will see six teams fight it out for the Guinness PRO14 trophy.

We’ve been keeping an eye across social media and picked out some of key reactions to the announcement and put them all in one place for you:

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen is hugely excited by the new challenge presented to his squad as he prepares them for the new season.

Peter Jackson is confident this is a step in the right direction not only for the Guinness PRO14, but also for the entirety of global rugby.

Glasgow Warriors’ managing director Nathan Bombrys thinks the addition of the South Africa will add a brilliant new rugby culture to the league.

Meanwhile, Warriors players Zander Fagerson and Stuart Hogg cannot wait to get started.

Former France international Serge Betsen was certainly impressed with the Guinness PRO14 development.


Referee Nigel Owens is also counting down to the new season and the addition of two new teams to get to know.

Former Benetton Treviso player and coach Franco Smith is now in charge of the Cheetahs and think the changes are a great opportunity for South African rugby.

Cardiff Blues lock, and former Cheetahs player George Earle has added his insight into what the South Africans sides will bring to the Guinness PRO14.

New Edinburgh Rugby coach Richard Cockerill described the move as “groundbreaking” when he gave his reaction to the news.

Italian Rugby president Alfredo Gavazzi is positive about the changes, this is the first expansion to the league since the two Italian sides joined in 2011

While former player Rory Lawson likes the new-look Finals Series which will six teams fight it out to reach the final and have a chance of lifting the Guinness PRO14 trophy.

And former South African international Schalk Brits hopes this is just the start for South African teams competing regularly against those from Europe.

Former Scotland lock Jim Hamilton expects a boost in crowd numbers this coming season.

Meanwhile Connacht captain John Muldoon is simply looking forward to escaping to some warmer weather during the new Guinness PRO14 season.

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