**The rugby world is almost ready to welcome back Guinness PRO14 action, with six scintillating fixtures set to get things underway this weekend just three weeks after the conclusion of the last campaign.**\n\nIn the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic - which delayed the 2019/20 season and instigated an abbreviated finish - the fresh Championship campaign will also feel its effects.\n\nBut with a feast of breath-taking rugby just around the corner - and access to coverage of every second of play available to fans at home - there is huge excitement brewing ahead of the kick-off to Round 1, which begins with Zebre v Cardiff Blues in Parma on Friday night. \n\nAs the clock ticks down to that first whistle, we’ve identified some of the biggest talking points of the new 2020/21 season, with the blank canvas representing an opportunity for each team to reach new heights and claim Guinness PRO14 glory. \n\n# Who can dethrone Leinster? \n\nIrish heavyweights Leinster became the first ever Guinness PRO14 side to claim the title three years in succession earlier in September, completing an unbeaten domestic season with 27-5 victory over Ulster in the showpiece finale. \n\nWhile their 25-game winning streak in all competitions was ultimately brought to an end by Saracens in the European Champions Cup quarter-finals, Leo Cullen’s side have now reigned supreme over the rest of the Championship for some time. \n\nChief among the candidates vying to pinch their crown are Dan McFarland’s beaten finalists, who appeared somewhat short of their previously high standards after the five-month hiatus and will be itching to continue their progression in a bid to lift the trophy for the first time since 2005/06.