United Rugby Championship: Organisers confirm the highest-place team will host the Grand Final

Dylan Coetzee

The United Rugby Championship organisers have announced that the highest-placed team will host this season’s Grand Final.

The confirmation comes after speculation suggested the game would take place in South Africa to boost the tournament’s foothold in the country.

Top-seed to host

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen spoke against that this week claiming the top-seeded team should host the final rather than an allocated venue, bringing up valid logistical concerns for fans.

United Rugby Championship chief executive officer Martin Anayi confirmed the venue as the competition heads toward its final three rounds in the pool stage.

“With some thrilling rugby ahead of us the time is right to confirm our plans for the first-ever United Rugby Championship Grand Final. For this campaign, it is important to understand how our teams and their fans are returning to normality after so long away from stadia and that our job is to deliver the best URC Grand Final we can in these circumstances,” Anayi said.

“The reward of the highest-ranked team hosting the URC Grand Final adds even more to the competitive edge over the closing rounds of the league that will set us up for an incredible Play-Offs which now showcases our best eight teams in a battle to reach the URC Grand Final.”

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