Pro14 Conferences for 2019/20 confirmed

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The Guinness Pro14 Conferences for 2019/20 and 2020/21 have now been announced, with Munster the confirmed top Irish team and placed with Cardiff Blues.

There was some debate over whether it would be Munster or Leinster who were technically the highest ranked Irish side from last season, with Leinster having won Conference B and gone on to lift the Pro14 trophy, but Munster actually finishing with more points from the regular season.

However it will now be Munster joining Cardiff Blues in Conference B, alongside Scarlets and Connacht as the third and fourth place Welsh and Irish sides respectively.

There is also a change in which Scottish, South African and Italian sides join each Conference, with Cardiff Blues placed alongside the second ranked Scottish and South African sides, in Edinburgh and Southern Kings, as well as the top ranked Italian side, in Benetton.

Here is the full Conference B line-up; Munster, Connacht, Cardiff Blues, Scarlets, Benetton, Edinburgh, Southern Kings.

This is noticeably better than the prospective Conference A line-up we were due to be a part of, which would have been; Leinster, Connacht, Cardiff Blues, Scarlets, Glasgow, Cheetahs, Zebre.

In Conference A Leinster join third ranked Irish side Ulster, as well as top and bottom ranked Welsh teams Ospreys and Dragons, top ranked Scottish and South African teams Glasgow and Cheetahs, as well as second ranked Italian side Zebre.

The competition format will remain the same, with Cardiff Blues playing every team in Conference B home and away, Ospreys and Dragons home and away, and the remaining five teams in Conference A either home or away, for a total of 21 games.

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