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2012–13 Pro12

2012–13 Pro12

The 2012–13 Pro12 League (also known as the RaboDirect Pro12 for sponsorship reasons) was the 12th season of the rugby union competition originally known as the Celtic League, the third with its current 12-team format, and the second with RaboDirect as title sponsor.

Ospreys were the defending champions, but they failed to qualify for the end-of-season playoffs.

The twelve teams that competed were the four Irish teams, Munster, Leinster, Connacht and Ulster; two Scottish teams, Edinburgh and Glasgow Warriors; four Welsh teams, Cardiff Blues, Newport Gwent Dragons, Ospreys and Scarlets; and two Italian teams, Benetton Treviso and newly created Zebre.

The title was won by Leinster, defeating Ulster 24-18 in the final.[5][6][7][8]

2012–13 Pro12
Date31 August 2012 – 25 May 2013
ChampionsLeinster (3rd title)
Matches played135
(average 8,199 per match)
Tries scored536
(average 4 per match)
Top point scorerIan Madigan (Leinster)
(186 points)[3]
Top try scorerTim Visser (Edinburgh)
(11 tries)[4]
Official website
www.rabodirectpro12.com [161]

Changes for the season


Zebre replaced Aironi Rugby after they had their licence revoked by the Italian Rugby Federation for financial reasons.[9] Roberto Manghi will become their Head coach for their début season.


Ahead of this season Glasgow Warriors moved home, leaving their previous home of Firhill in the Maryhill area of the city for the smaller Scotstoun Stadium. They also came into the season with a new head coach, with former Scotland stand-off Gregor Townsend replacing Sean Lineen.


New Zealander Rob Penney replaced Tony McGahan as director of rugby at Munster, and fellow New Zealander Mark Anscombe replaced Brian McLaughlin as head coach of Ulster.[10][11] In Munster, Paul O'Connell stood down as captain, with Doug Howlett announced as his replacement.[12]


The Welsh regions saw a number of changes in coaching personnel, as Phil Davies took over the reins at Cardiff Blues, Steve Tandy replaced Sean Holley as Ospreys head coach and former Ireland international Simon Easterby succeeding Nigel Davies at the Scarlets, after he departed to take over at English Premiership side Gloucester. Scarlets also announced that Rob McCusker would replace Matthew Rees as captain.

On 28 August 2012, the Welsh Rugby Union announced a new annual event which will feature all four regions playing in a doubleheader at Millennium Stadium (similar to the long-established London Double Header in the English Premiership). The first of these events took place on 30 March 2013, with an initial contract set to run for four years.[13]


2012–13 Pro12 is located in Italy
Location of 2012–13 Pro12 teams in Italy
Red pog.svgWinners;Yellow pog.svg2nd–4th place;Blue pog.svgOther teams.
ItalyBenetton TrevisoSouth AfricaFranco SmithItalyAntonio PavanelloStadio Comunale di Monigo6,700
WalesCardiff BluesWalesPhil DaviesWalesAndries PretoriusCardiff Arms Park12,500
ConnachtEric ElwoodGavin DuffyGalway Sportsgrounds7,500
ScotlandEdinburghMichael BradleyScotlandGreig LaidlawMurrayfield Stadium67,144[1]
ScotlandGlasgow WarriorsScotlandGregor TownsendScotlandAlastair KellockScotstoun Stadium9,708[14]
LeinsterNew ZealandJosef SchmidtLeo CullenRDS Arena
Aviva Stadium
MunsterNew ZealandRob PenneyNew ZealandDoug HowlettThomond Park
Musgrave Park
WalesNewport Gwent DragonsWalesDarren EdwardsWalesLewis EvansRodney Parade11,676
WalesOspreysWalesSteve TandyWalesAlun Wyn JonesLiberty Stadium20,532
WalesScarletsSimon EasterbyWalesRob McCuskerParc y Scarlets14,870
UlsterNew ZealandMark AnscombeSouth AfricaJohann MullerRavenhill12,300
ItalyZebreItalyRoberto ManghiItalyGonzalo GarciaStadio XXV Aprile[15][2]3,500


Pro12 table
ClubPlayedWonDrawnLostPoints ForPoints AgainstPoints DifferenceTries ForTries AgainstTry BonusLosing BonusPoints
1Ulster (RU)221714577348+22962338381
2Leinster (CH)221705585386+19963469178
3ScotlandGlasgow Warriors (SF)221606541324+21766309376
4WalesScarlets (SF)221507436406+3041373366
7ItalyBenetton Treviso2210210414450–3645444250
9WalesCardiff Blues228014348487–13928511538
11WalesNewport Gwent Dragons226016358589–23131721328
If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:[16]
  1. number of matches won;
  2. the difference between points for and points against;
  3. the number of tries scored;
  4. the most points scored;
  5. the difference between tries for and tries against;
  6. the fewest red cards received;
  7. the fewest yellow cards received.
Green background (rows 1 to 4) are play-off places. Qualification for the Heineken Cup is based on each country's allocation, i.e. three highest–ranked Irish teams, three highest–ranked Welsh teams, both Italian teams and both Scottish teams. Leinster won the Amlin Challenge Cup, giving Ireland an extra Heineken Cup place that passed to Connacht.Updated 17 May 2013. Source: RaboDirect PRO12 [162]


All times are local.[17]

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Round 4

Round 5

Round 6

Round 7

Round 8

Round 4 rescheduled match

This match – originally scheduled to be held during Round 4, on 21 September 2012 – was postponed due to the death of Ulster player Nevin Spence in a farming accident on 15 September.[38]

Round 9

Round 10

Round 11

Welsh Round

Round 12

Round 13

Round 14

Round 15

Round 16

Round 17

Round 18

Round 19

Judgement Day

Round 20

Round 21

Round 19 rescheduled match

This match – originally scheduled to be held during Round 19, on 30 March 2013 – was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.[131]

Round 22



The semi-finals were played on the weekend of 10/11 May 2013; these followed a 1 v 4, 2 v 3 system with the games being played at the home ground of the higher placed teams.[153]


The final was contested on Saturday, 25 May 2013, between the winners of the two semi-finals.

FB15New ZealandJared Payne
RW14Andrew Trimble
OC13Darren Cave
IC12Stuart OldingSubstituted off64'
LW11Tommy Bowe
FH10Paddy Jackson
SH9South AfricaRuan Pienaar
N88New ZealandNick Williams
OF7Chris Henry
BF6South AfricaRobbie DiackTemporarily suspended from 44' to 54'44' to 54'Substituted off64'
RL5Dan Tuohy
LL4South AfricaJohann Muller (c)
TP3New ZealandJohn Afoa
HK2Rory Best
LP1Tom CourtSubstituted off73'
HK16Rob Herring
PR17Callum BlackSubstituted in73'
PR18Declan Fitzpatrick
LK19Iain HendersonSubstituted in64'
FL20Mike McComish
SH21Paul Marshall
CE22Mike AllenSubstituted in64'
FB23Peter Nelson
New ZealandMark Anscombe
FB15FijiIsa NacewaTemporarily suspended from 47' to 57'47' to 57'
RW14Fergus McFadden
OC13Brian O'Driscoll
IC12Ian Madigan
LW11Andrew Conway
FH10Jonathan Sexton
SH9Isaac Boss
N88Jamie Heaslip
OF7Shane Jennings
BF6Kevin McLaughlin
RL5Devin TonerSubstituted off73'
LL4Leo Cullen (c)
TP3Mike RossSubstituted off75'
HK2Richardt StraussSubstituted off29'Substituted in40'
LP1Cian HealySubstituted off77'
HK16Sean CroninSubstituted in29'Substituted off40'
PR17Jack McGrathSubstituted in77'
PR18Jamie HaganSubstituted in75'
LK19South AfricaQuinn RouxSubstituted in73'
FL20Rhys Ruddock
SH21John Cooney
CE22New ZealandAndrew Goodman
WG23David Kearney
New ZealandJosef Schmidt
Man of the Match:
Shane Jennings (Leinster) Touch judges:
George Clancy (Ireland)
Peter Fitzgibbon (Ireland)
Television match official:
Dermot Moloney (Ireland)

Leading scorers

Note: Flags to the left of player names indicate national team as has been defined under IRB eligibility rules, or primary nationality for players who have not yet earned international senior caps. Players may hold one or more non-IRB nationalities.

End of season awards

Players' Player of the Season:New ZealandNick Williams (Ulster)
Young Player of the Season:Luke Marshall (Ulster)
Coach of the Season:ScotlandGregor Townsend (Glasgow)
Chairman's Award:EnglandMichael Swift (Connacht)
Golden Boot:Ian Madigan (Leinster)
Collision Kings:Scarlets
Fairplay Award:Ulster
Straight Talking Award:WalesAlun-Wyn Jones (Ospreys)
Try of the Season:Andrew Trimble (Ulster vs Connacht)[157]

2012/2013 Dream Team[158]

FB15ScotlandStuart HoggGlasgow
RW14WalesGeorge NorthScarlets
OC13WalesJonathan DaviesScarlets
IC12Luke MarshallUlster
LW11ScotlandTim VisserEdinburgh
FH10Ian MadiganLeinster
SH9FijiNikola MatawaluGlasgow
N88New ZealandNick WilliamsUlster
OF7WalesJustin TipuricOspreys
BF6ItalyAlessandro ZanniTreviso
RL5ScotlandAlastair KellockGlasgow
LL4WalesAlun-Wyn JonesOspreys
TP3WalesAdam JonesOspreys
HK2ItalyLeonardo GhiraldiniTreviso
LP1ScotlandRyan GrantGlasgow


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