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As the Scarlets celebrated lifting the Guinness PRO12 crown for Welsh Rugby last weekend as the first pro team in Wales to win the Championship in five years with a brilliant performance to beat Munster in Dublin – it also heralded the conclusion of a successful season for PRO12 rugby in 2016/7.

Scarlets success has showcased the competitiveness of the Guinness PRO12 with the Welsh team becoming the sixth different champion in the past seven seasons. Additionally, the last three Guinness PRO12 title winners have each come from three of the four competing nations.

A record crowd at the Guinness PRO12 Final witnessed Scarlets win their first Championship title in over a decade (last won in 2004) in a thrilling game against Munster Rugby in Dublin.

An attendance of 44,566 packed into the Aviva Stadium to smash the record set one year ago when a crowd of 34,500 watched Connacht Rugby claim their first Guinness PRO12 crown at BT Murrayfield.

The total accounted for a 29% increase on the 2016 Final and it capped a season where attendances rose by four per cent overall in the Guinness PRO12.

Fittingly, in a season where the Guinness PRO12 celebrated a record high of 711 tries scored (in the regular season), a new try-scoring record for the Final was also set with the nine tries in Dublin breaking the previous highest tally of six, which was set in the 2012 decider between Leinster Rugby and Ospreys Rugby.

In 2016/17 the Guinness PRO12 also led the pack for Positive Play when compared other major leagues in Europe:

•           Highest Ball in Play time               38 mins 55 secs

•           Highest Scrum Ball Out                59%

•           Highest Number of Passes           307 average per game

•           Fewest Penalties Conceded        18 average per game

•           Joint Most Tries                             5.4 average per game

•           Joint Fastest Rucks                        79%

The Guinness PRO12 continues to be the home for international players with a total of 269 appearing in the Championship this season.