RUGBY UNION: RaboDirect Pro12 Final 2013 – Ulster v Leinster – Live on BBC Two Wales & NI

After 22 rounds and two play-off games, the 2012/13 RaboDirect Pro12 season wraps up with the final at the RDS appropriately between respective first and second seeds and provincial rivals – Ulster and Leinster.

The all-Irish affair will be Ulster’s only chance of securing silverware this season while Leinster will be keen to claim the trophy for coach Joe Schmidt in his last game in charge.

BBC Wales, BBC Northern Ireland and BBC Alba will all have live coverage of the final on Saturday, May 25.

Ulster, who finished on top of the RaboDirect PRO12 table this season, attempt to become only the second number one seed to win the play-off final after Munster in 2011.

The Ulstermen have won their last five RaboDirect PRO12 fixtures since their 8-14 reversal at Edinburgh in March.

Ulster have won two of the three previous finals they have contested in all competitions, one of those being played in Dublin – the 1999 Heineken Cup Cup final at the old Lansdowne Road beating Colomiers 21-6.

For Ulster it will be their first opportunity to compete for the title through a play-off, having last taken the league crown in 2006.

Leinster became only the second Pro12 side to win the Amlin Challenge Cup after Cardiff Blues in 2010 when they beat Stade Francais at the RDS last Friday.

The Leinstermen’s only loss in their last 17 encounters in all tournaments since 21 December was 18-22 to Ulster at the RDS in the RaboDirect PRO12 on 30 March.

They have made it through to their fourth straight RaboDirect Pro12 final but have yet to win one, although they were champions in the inaugural season, 2002, and again in 2008.

This is in marked contrast to their form in European finals where they have a played four, won four record, and they have lost just once at the RDS in any tournament this season, to Ulster in round 19 of the Pro12.

Ulster achieved a league double over Leinster for the first time this season, including a first ever victory at the RDS.

Leinster, however, won the only previous final the two have contested by 42-14 in last season’s Heineken Cup final at Twickenham.

In the three previous play-off finals the top seeds have become champions just once, when Munster defeated Leinster 19-9 at Thomond Park in 2011.

In the other two finals, both held at the RDS, that season’s top seeds Leinster were defeated by the second-placed team, the Ospreys.

No team that finished lower than second in the table during the regular season has ever lifted the title.

Three BBC Nations will screen live coverage of the climax to the 2012/13 RaboDirect Pro12 season.

BBC Two Northern Ireland will be at pitchside for all the build-up and analysis at the RDS.

Stephen Watson presents live coverage of the game with commentary from Jim Neilly and Ryan Constable.

BBC Two Wales also has full coverage from Dublin in the last Scrum V Live of the Pro12 season.

Ross Harries will be joined in the studio for analysis by Martyn Williams, Sean Holley and Paul Wallace.

Gareth Charles and Jonathan Davies provide commentary.

BBC Alba will air live coverage with Gaelic commentary.

All these BBC channels are accessible to viewers with Sky or Virgin Media (see below), or alternatively all three seperate programmes will be available via the BBC iPlayer catch-up service.

BBC Red Button will not be showing the final live but instead a full replay of BBC Wales’ coverage will be shown on Sunday lunchtime for fans across the UK.

Live streaming of the BBC’s coverage will available to watch online via the BBC Sport website.

STV in Scotland will air extended highlights of the Pro12 Final in a special edition of STV Rugby on Sunday evening, presented by Eilidh Barbour.

The show will be available to watch online via STV Player shortly after transmission.

Saturday 25th May
Ulster Rugby Live: Ulster v Leinster
LIVE: 4.30pm-7.00pm – BBC Two Northern Ireland
Scrum V Live: Ulster v Leinster
LIVE: 4.30pm-7.00pm – BBC Two Wales
Pro12 Final: Ulster v Leinster
LIVE: 4.40pm-6.35pm – BBC Alba
Sunday 26th May
Scrum V: Pro12 Final 
Replay: 12.30pm-2.30pm – BBC Red Button
STV Rugby: RaboDirect Pro12 Final 
Highlights: 11.45pm-12.30am – STV

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