Guinness PRO14 returns to S4C with four Welsh derbies

Rob LloydNews

Welsh rugby will return to action next month to complete the Guinness PRO14 season and all four remaining derby matches will be shown on S4C.

With the season suspended in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the PRO14 board has drawn up an abbreviated format to conclude the 2019-20 season, cutting the regular season from 21 matches to 15 matches.

In the two remaining weekends of the regular season, the Welsh sides will go head-to-head in two rounds of derby matches and all four matches will be shown later the same day on S4C at peak broadcast times.

The competition resumes on Friday, August 21 and the following day, on Saturday August 22, the Scarlets host Cardiff Blues at Parc y Scarlets. Full coverage of the match will be shown on S4C at 8.00pm. On Sunday, August 23, Ospreys welcome Dragons to the Liberty Stadium, in a match that will be shown later the same day at 9.00pm.

On the last weekend of the regular season, Rodney Parade will host two derby matches. Dragons meet Scarlets on Saturday, August 29, with the match being shown at 8.00pm. Cardiff Blues take on Ospreys on Sunday, August 30 and that match will be broadcast at 9.00pm.

The matches will all be broadcast by Clwb Rygbi, which is produced by BBC Cymru.

The Guinness PRO14 semi-finals will be held on Saturday, September 5, with the final taking place the following week, on Saturday September 12.

Guinness PRO14 matches on S4C

Scarlets v Cardiff Blues                   Saturday, August 22 – 8.00pm
Ospreys v Dragons                         Sunday, August 23 – 9.00pm
Dragons v Scarlets                         Saturday, August 29 – 8.00pm
Cardiff Blues v Ospreys                  Sunday, August 30 – 9.00pm