The Aviva Stadium to host this season's Pro12 Final

It is the first time the Dublin venue will host the end-of-season clash

BY Daniel Kelly 12:27 Tuesday 23 August 2016, 12:27 23 Aug 2016

Players from at the Pro12 teams at the season launch in the Aviva Stadium. Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Dublin's Aviva Stadium has been confirmed as the venue for this season's Guinness Pro12 Final on May 27th, 2017.

This season is the third where the Pro12 have had a 'Destination Final' with Belfast and Edinburgh hosting the event in 2015 and 2016, respectively. The May final will be the first time the Lansdowne Road stadium has hosted the end-of-season clash.

At Tuesday's launch in the Dublin, Pro12 Rugby also announced that Guinness will continue as title sponsor for another four years until 2020.

Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

Speaking at the 2016/17 launch event at Aviva Stadium, Martin Anayi, chief executive of PRO12 Rugby, said: "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."

"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."

Tickets are already on sale for the event, as all four Irish provinces will try to repeat last season's All-Irish which saw Connacht win 20-10 in Edinburgh.

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