A Big Pro

Pro12 is currently in the news with suggestions of expansion (‘Pro and Cons) for next season.

But the biggest and best news is that from 2017/8 the league will be a true meritocracy in terms of qualification for the Champion’s Cup.

It will now be automatic entry for the top 7 teams, irrespective of which country they play in. About time too!

Looking at the final table for 2016/7 I think the only change would be Cardiff Blues not having to play off against Stade and Treviso missing out.

The other big difference in future years is that some teams will not have the advantage of finding themselves in a group with an Itlaian side and will find it tougher to qualify for the knockout stage.

Fairer all round.

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