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Published: 11:01 | 23/8/16

Aviva Stadium to host PRO12 final

The 2017 Guinness PRO12 final will take place at Dublin's Aviva Stadium on Saturday, May 27.

Murrayfield in Edinburgh and Kingspan Stadium in Belfast have had the honour of hosting the final in the last two years. Previously the team who finished highest in the regular season had home advantage for the decider.

The last time the PRO12 final was held in Dublin was in 2014 when Leinster defeated Glasgow Warriors at the RDS, but the 2017 decider will be the first time the Aviva Stadium has hosted the match.

Last year’s final in Edinburgh was an all-Irish affair as Connacht defeated Leinster to claim their first ever PRO12 title.

"After the successes of the finals hosted in Belfast and Edinburgh, Aviva Stadium will provide another grand stage that rewards clubs, players and fans from across the Championship," Martin Anayi, chief executive of PRO12 Rugby.

"Since it's redevelopment in 2010, Aviva Stadium has fast become an iconic rugby arena and after a thrilling final at BT Murrayfield between Connacht Rugby and Leinster Rugby that set a new attendance record, it seems only right that we should try to raise the bar yet again here in Dublin."

As well as announcing the Aviva Stadium as the host for the 2017 final, PRO12 Rugby have confirmed that Guinness will continue as title sponsor of the competition for another four years until 2020.

"We're thrilled to have Guinness on board for another four years and their continued support is a testament to the strength of our Championship which gets better with every passing season. Sponsors like Guinness also appreciate that we have a 'Fan First' philosophy and that is why we have put on this Early Bird offer to reward supporters who want to book their place at the final on May 27," Anayi added.

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