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Encyclopedia > Celtic League (rugby union)
Magners League
Current season or competition 2006-07 Magners League
Sport Rugby union
Founded 2001
No. of teams 10
Country Flag of Ireland national rugby union team Ireland
Flag of Scotland Scotland
Flag of Wales Wales
Current champions Flag of Wales Ospreys

The Celtic League, currently known as the Magners League for sponsorship reasons, is an annual rugby union competition involving regional sides from Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It is one of the three major leagues in Europe, along with the English Guinness Premiership and the French Top 14. Image File history File links Current_sport. ... The 2006-07 Magners League logo. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... A rugby union scrum. ... See also: 2000 in sports, other events of 2001, 2002 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Michael Waltrip won the Daytona 500, a race that also saw the death of seven-time NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt in an unspectacular crash during the... Image File history File links Flag_of_Ireland_rugby. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Scotland. ... Motto (Latin) No one provokes me with impunity Cha togar mfhearg gun dioladh (Scottish Gaelic)1 Wha daur meddle wi me?(Scots)1 Anthem (Multiple unofficial anthems) Scotlands location in Europe Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow Official languages English, Gaelic, Scots Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Queen Queen Elizabeth II... Image File history File links Flag_of_Wales_(bordered). ... This article is about the country. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Wales_(bordered). ... Official website www. ... A rugby union scrum. ... Motto (Latin) No one provokes me with impunity Cha togar mfhearg gun dioladh (Scottish Gaelic)1 Wha daur meddle wi me?(Scots)1 Anthem (Multiple unofficial anthems) Scotlands location in Europe Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow Official languages English, Gaelic, Scots Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Queen Queen Elizabeth II... This article is about the country. ... World map showing the location of Europe. ... The Guinness Premiership is a professional league competition for rugby union clubs in the top division of the English rugby system. ... The Top 14 is a rugby union club competition which is played throughout France. ...


The Celtic League season currently consists of a 22 weekend calendar which takes place between September and May. Celtic League matches avoid the traditional international weekends in November and during the Six Nations Championship. The Welsh, Irish and Scottish rugby unions now use the Celtic League as the sole determinant for European qualification and seeding. The RBS 6 Nations Championship, (referred to as RBS 6 Nations for sponsorship reasons) known before 2000 as the Five Nations Championship, is an annual international rugby union competition held between six European sides: England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales. ...

Contents

Teams

Celtic League
Team Stadium & Capacity City/Area
Cardiff Blues Cardiff Arms Park -13,500 & Millennium Stadium - 74,500 Cardiff, Wales
Connacht Galway Sportsgrounds -7,000 Connacht, Ireland
Edinburgh Murrayfield Stadium -67,800 Edinburgh, Scotland
Glasgow Warriors Hughenden -5,000 Glasgow, Scotland
Leinster Donnybrook Rugby Ground -8,000 & Lansdowne Road -49,000 Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
Llanelli Scarlets Stradey Park -11,000 Llanelli, Wales
Munster Thomond Park -18,000 & Musgrave Park - 8,000 Limerick/Cork, Munster, Ireland
Newport-Gwent Dragons Rodney Parade -12,000 Newport, Gwent, Wales
Ospreys Liberty Stadium -20,500 Swansea, West Glamorgan, Wales
Ulster Ravenhill Stadium -19,000 Belfast, Ulster, Ireland

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History

The Celtic League Logo
The Celtic League Logo

Wales and Scotland had joined forces for the 1999 and 2000 seasons, with the expansion of the Welsh Premier Division to include Edinburgh and Glasgow under the name Welsh-Scottish League. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Welsh Premier Division Logo The Welsh Premier Division (also called the Principality Premiership for sponsorship reasons) is a rugby union league in Wales. ... Edinburgh Rugby are one of three professional rugby union teams in Scotland, The Borders and Glasgow Rugby being the other two. ... The Glasgow Warriors, formerly Glasgow Rugby, is one of three professional rugby union teams in Scotland, Edinburgh and Border Reivers being the other two. ...


In 2001 an agreement was made between the Irish Rugby Football Union, Scottish Rugby Union and Welsh Rugby Union to create a new competition which would bring in the four Irish provinces. 2001 would see the very first incarnation of the Celtic League. The Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) is the body managing rugby union in Ireland. ... Logo of Scottish Rugby Union The Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) is the governing body of rugby union in Scotland. ... The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) (Welsh: Undeb Rygbi Cymru) is the governing body of rugby union in Wales, recognised by the International Rugby Board. ...


Some saw the competition as the forerunner of a British / Irish league with teams from England also taking part. The WRU had previously negotiated with the Rugby Football Union to form an Anglo-Welsh league but negotiations had broken down over how many teams from each union would take part. The Rugby Football Union (RFU) is the rugby union governing body in England. ...


2001-02

The first season would see fifteen teams compete: the four Irish provinces (Connacht, Leinster, Munster and Ulster), two Scottish teams (Edinburgh Reivers and Glasgow) and all nine Welsh Premier Division teams (Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Ebbw Vale, Llanelli, Neath, Newport, Pontypridd and Swansea). The Irish Rugby Football Union Connacht Branch (the professional team of which which is run by Connacht Rugby) is one of four branches of the IRFU, and is responsible for rugby union in the Irish province of Connacht. ... The Irish Rugby Football Union Leinster Branch (also known as Leinster Rugby) is one of four branches of the IRFU, and is responsible for rugby union in the Irish province of Leinster. ... Official website www. ... The Irish Rugby Football Union Ulster Branch (also known as Ulster Rugby) is one of four branches of the IRFU, and is responsible for rugby union in the Irish province of Ulster, six counties of which are in Northern Ireland and three in the Republic of Ireland. ... Edinburgh Rugby are one of three professional rugby union teams in Scotland, The Borders and Glasgow Rugby being the other two. ... The Glasgow Warriors, formerly Glasgow Rugby, is one of three professional rugby union teams in Scotland, Edinburgh and Border Reivers being the other two. ... Welsh Premier Division Logo The Welsh Premier Division (also called the Principality Premiership for sponsorship reasons) is a rugby union league in Wales. ... Bridgend RFC or the Bridgend Ravens are a Welsh rugby union club based in Bridgend in south Wales. ... Caerphilly Rugby Football Club is a Welsh rugby union team founded in 1887. ... Cardiff Rugby Football Club was founded 1876. ... Ebbw Vale are a Welsh rugby union club based in Ebbw Vale in south Wales. ... Official website www. ... Official website www. ... Official website www. ... Pontypridd Rugby Football Club are a rugby union team from Wales, playing in the Welsh Premier Division. ... Swansea Rugby Football Club is a Welsh rugby union team which plays in the Welsh Premier Division. ...


Played alongside each country's own national competitions, the teams were split into two groups (of 8 and 7) and played a series of round-robin matches with each team playing the other only once. The top four teams from each group proceeded into the knock-out phase until a champion was found. Clashes between teams in the Welsh-Scottish League also counted towards the new competition. A round-robin tournament or all-play-all tournament is a type of group tournament in which each participant plays every other participant an equal number of times. ... A single-elimination tournament, also called a knockout or sudden death tournament, is a type of tournament where the loser of each match is immediately eliminated from winning the championship or first prize in the event. ...


The 2001/2002 competition was dominated by the Irish teams with all four sides reaching the last eight, three progressing to the semi-finals, and the thrilling final played at Lansdowne Road contested between Leinster and Munster with the Dublin boys running out 24-20 winners.


2002-03

The demands of the Celtic league led to the Scottish / Welsh league being abandoned in 2002. The Irish inter provincial championship was also downgraded.


The second (2002/03) season's format was identical except for the addition of a third Scottish side, the newly re-established Scottish Borders. See also Border Reivers for the historical background. ...


Surprisingly, the champions Leinster failed to make the quarter-final stage in 2003. In their absence, Munster went on to easily win the competition by beating Connacht (QF 33-3), Ulster (SF 42-10), and Neath in the final by 37 points to 17. The final of 2003 was played in Cardiff.


2003-04

Main article: 2003-04 Celtic League

A major change in Celtic League philosophy came during the early part of 2003, partly due to the commercial success of the league itself but mostly because of the Welsh Regional Rugby's financial constraints that left Wales with only five fully professional clubs. It was decided that the Celtic League would become the sole professional league of the three countries, incorporating all four Irish, three Scottish and the five new Welsh (Cardiff Blues, Celtic Warriors, Llanelli Scarlets, Neath-Swansea Ospreys and Newport Gwent Dragons). The Celtic League Logo The 2003-04 Celtic League was the first season following the formation of the five regional rugby sides in Wales. ... Official website www. ... The Celtic Warriors were a regional Rugby Union team from Wales, playing in the Celtic League and European Rugby Cup/European Rugby Shield. ... The Llanelli Scarlets are a Welsh professional rugby union team based in south-west Wales. ... Official website www. ... The Newport Gwent Dragons (Welsh: Dreigiau Gwent Casnewydd) are a Rugby Union team from Wales. ...


Reformatted into a traditional league competition (round-robin style, all clubs play each other twice, once home, once away), which meant that a season long 22-round match program was launched, and with a new strength in depth due to the amalgamation of Welsh teams and the continuing strengthening of Irish and Scottish teams through the re-signing and retention of star players, the league has been in rugby terms a success. Also introduced for the 2003/04 season was the Celtic Cup, a straight knock-out cup competition between the 12 Celtic League teams. A round-robin tournament or all-play-all tournament is a type of group tournament in which each participant plays every other participant an equal number of times. ...


However the unfortunate timing of the league's launch and poor organisation of a working calendar meant that first the 2003 Rugby World Cup and later the RBS Six Nations Championship prevented many of the league's top stars from playing in over half the games. This meant that commercially the league has struggled, especially regarding the newly adopted regions in Wales where the game has always traditionally been played on a club basis, not having the regional histories of Ireland or Scotland. The season ended with the Llanelli Scarlets running out as eventual winners, four points ahead of Ulster. For the world cup that is contested in rugby league, see Rugby League World Cup. ... The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc (LSE: RBS) is the successor to The Royal Bank of Scotland (Scottish Gaelic: [1]), founded in 1727 by Royal Charter of King George I.[2] Based in Edinburgh, it is a banking and insurance holding company. ... The RBS 6 Nations Championship, (referred to as RBS 6 Nations for sponsorship reasons) known before 2000 as the Five Nations Championship, is an annual international rugby union competition held between six European sides: England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales. ... This article is about the country. ... Motto (Latin) No one provokes me with impunity Cha togar mfhearg gun dioladh (Scottish Gaelic)1 Wha daur meddle wi me?(Scots)1 Anthem (Multiple unofficial anthems) Scotlands location in Europe Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow Official languages English, Gaelic, Scots Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Queen Queen Elizabeth II...


2004-05

Main article: 2004-05 Celtic League

The league format was further refined at the end of the 2003/04 season, with the participants deciding to better manage the dates of the matches so as to not interfere with the national squad set-ups and to make the league more commercially viable. The league was played until April and then the Celtic Cup competition was contested amongst the top eight teams of the league. The Celtic League Logo The 2004-05 Celtic League was the second year of the competition involving Irish, Scottish and Welsh rugby union clubs. ... The Celtic Cup was founded by Richard Rambo Gray in 2005 with the first match being held in 2006. ...


However even the prospect of the improved league structure wasn't enough to keep all the competitors viable with the liquidation of the Celtic Warriors region by the WRU, which meant that starting in 2004/05, Wales would have only four entrants in a league of eleven teams. The Celtic Warriors were a regional Rugby Union team from Wales, playing in the Celtic League and European Rugby Cup/European Rugby Shield. ... The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) (Welsh: Undeb Rygbi Cymru) is the governing body of rugby union in Wales, recognised by the International Rugby Board. ...


The new format took the league into what many saw as a make-or-break season, clear of massive distractions such as the Rugby World Cup. With the Welsh regions partly embedded, the signs were that the Celtic League would be a competition that could continue for many years to come. For the world cup that is contested in rugby league, see Rugby League World Cup. ...


The 2004/5 season was the first season that Ireland agreed to use the Celtic League standings to determine which provinces would enter the Heineken Cup. The IRFU had always previously classed Connacht as a "development" team and so nominated Leinster, Munster and Ulster over Connacht - fearing the loss of revenue from one of the "big three" teams failing to qualify for the Heineken European Cup. The IRFU also insisted on International team squad training sessions taking precedence over Celtic League matches - a consequence of this was that Irish provinces (especially Munster and Leinster)often fielded virtual second teams for Celtic League games. This had the effect of devaluing the competition - however despite this apparent half-hearted approach Irish teams finished second (Munster)and third (Leinster) in the league as well as winning the Celtic Cup (Munster). The Ospreys were crowned eventual champions making it two in a row for Welsh Regional sides. The Heineken Cup sponsored by Heineken (known as the H Cup in France due to alcohol advertising laws) is an annual rugby union competition involving leading club, regional and provincial teams from England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales. ... The Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) is the body managing rugby union in Ireland. ...


There was an announcement that a 'Rainbow Cup' would replace the Celtic Cup with 4 Italian sides and 9 South African provincial sides alongside the Celtic League sides. It was also suggested that Italian sides might join an expanded Celtic League - this proved however to be merely a publicity "bubble".


2005-06

Main article: 2005-06 Celtic League

In 2005, there were discussions over a potential Anglo-Welsh cup competition which some saw as undermining the Celtic League. Despite Welsh assurances that the proposed Anglo-Welsh tournament would not interfere with their commitments to either the Celtic League in its present format or an expanded 'Rainbow League', the SRU and IRFU claimed that the WRU had made arrangements to play games on five weekends without regard to Celtic League fixtures. The SRU and IRFU purported to expel the Welsh sides from the Celtic League in June 2005. It was proposed that the competition would continue as a Scottish and Irish affair for the 2005/6 season, with the possible addition of 4 Italian sides and the re-admittance of Welsh sides for the 2006/7 season. A deal was then reached that allowed for the Celtic League to continue with the Welsh sides readmitted, with some fixtures involving Welsh clubs restructured to accommodate the Anglo-Welsh cup. The Celtic League Logo The 2005-2006 Celtic League was the third season since the inception of regional rugby in Wales. ...


Despite these problems, the league enjoyed its most successful season, with the record attendance at a Celtic League match being broken 4 times from 12,436 at the Cardiff Blues Vs. Newport Gwent Dragons match in December to 15,327 for the Cardiff Blues Vs. Leinster match at the Millennium Stadium. The total attendances for the season were up nearly 50,000 at 571,331 compared to 521,449 for the previous season.


The league went down to the last round with Ulster and Leinster both in contention. Following Leinster's victory over Edinburgh and with Ulster losing against the Ospreys, it looked like the cup would go to Dublin but David Humphreys kicked a last minute 40 metre drop goal to clinch the game and the league for Ulster. David Humphreys MBE (born 10 September 1971 in Belfast, Northern Ireland) is an Irish rugby union footballer who plays fly-half. ...


2006-07

Main article: 2006-07 Magners League

In May 2006 Magners Irish Cider announced that it would become the title sponsor for the next five seasons, thus the league will now become the 'Magners League'. Although in the Republic of Ireland, the brand is known as Bulmers Irish Cider, the title of the tournament will remain the same regardless ie the 'Magners League'.[1] The sponsorship follows on existing Magners' existing presence in rugby union with sponsorship deals with Edinburgh and the London Wasps. The 2006-07 Magners League logo. ... Bulmers Original Bulmers Original Irish Cider is a cider produced in Ireland. ... Edinburgh Rugby are one of three professional rugby union teams in Scotland, The Borders and Glasgow Rugby being the other two. ... Official website www. ...


The Scottish Rugby Union announced that the Borders region would be scrapped at the end of the season and that Scotland would have only two professional teams based in Edinburgh and Glasgow.[2] Logo of Scottish Rugby Union The Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) is the governing body of rugby union in Scotland. ...


The league was won by the Ospreys on the final day of fixtures. The Blue's home win over Leinster allowed the Ospreys to top the league by a single point and take the title with an away win at Borders.


2007-08

Main article: 2007-08 Magners League

Only ten teams will compete in the 2007-08 season, after the Borders were disbanded at the end of the 2006-07 season. The Magners League logo The 2007-08 Magners League will be the seventh Celtic League season and the second with Magners as title sponsor. ...


Results

League

Celtic League
Season Teams Winners Runners-Up
2001/02 15 Leinster Munster
2002/03 16 Munster Neath
2003/04 12 Scarlets Ulster
2004/05 11 Ospreys Munster
2005/06 11 Ulster Leinster
2006/07 11 Ospreys Blues

The Irish Rugby Football Union Leinster Branch (also known as Leinster Rugby) is one of four branches of the IRFU, and is responsible for rugby union in the Irish province of Leinster. ... Official website www. ... Official website www. ... Official website www. ... The Celtic League Logo The 2003-04 Celtic League was the first season following the formation of the five regional rugby sides in Wales. ... The Llanelli Scarlets are a Welsh professional rugby union team based in south-west Wales. ... The Irish Rugby Football Union Ulster Branch (also known as Ulster Rugby) is one of four branches of the IRFU, and is responsible for rugby union in the Irish province of Ulster, six counties of which are in Northern Ireland and three in the Republic of Ireland. ... The Celtic League Logo The 2004-05 Celtic League was the second year of the competition involving Irish, Scottish and Welsh rugby union clubs. ... Official website www. ... Official website www. ... The Celtic League Logo The 2005-2006 Celtic League was the third season since the inception of regional rugby in Wales. ... The Irish Rugby Football Union Ulster Branch (also known as Ulster Rugby) is one of four branches of the IRFU, and is responsible for rugby union in the Irish province of Ulster, six counties of which are in Northern Ireland and three in the Republic of Ireland. ... The Irish Rugby Football Union Leinster Branch (also known as Leinster Rugby) is one of four branches of the IRFU, and is responsible for rugby union in the Irish province of Leinster. ... The 2006-07 Magners League logo. ... Official website www. ... Official website www. ...

Cup

Celtic Cup
Season Teams Winners Runners-Up
2003/04 12 Ulster Edinburgh
2004/05 8 Munster Scarlets

The Irish Rugby Football Union Ulster Branch (also known as Ulster Rugby) is one of four branches of the IRFU, and is responsible for rugby union in the Irish province of Ulster, six counties of which are in Northern Ireland and three in the Republic of Ireland. ... Edinburgh Rugby are one of three professional rugby union teams in Scotland, The Borders and Glasgow Rugby being the other two. ... Official website www. ... The Llanelli Scarlets are a Welsh professional rugby union team based in south-west Wales. ...

Statistics

Date of Birth: August 20, 1977 Place of Birth: Buenos Aires, Argentina Height: 1. ... The Irish Rugby Football Union Leinster Branch (also known as Leinster Rugby) is one of four branches of the IRFU, and is responsible for rugby union in the Irish province of Leinster. ... Date of Birth: April 7, 1980 Place of Birth: Penarth, Wales Height: 1. ... Official website www. ... Kevin Andrew Morgan (born 23 February 1977 in Pontypridd) is a Welsh rugby union player who plays for Newport Gwent Dragons and has won 34 caps for Wales, mainly at full back but also as a winger. ... The Newport Gwent Dragons (Welsh: Dreigiau Gwent Casnewydd) are a Rugby Union team from Wales. ... The Irish Rugby Football Union Leinster Branch (also known as Leinster Rugby) is one of four branches of the IRFU, and is responsible for rugby union in the Irish province of Leinster. ... The Irish Rugby Football Union Ulster Branch (also known as Ulster Rugby) is one of four branches of the IRFU, and is responsible for rugby union in the Irish province of Ulster, six counties of which are in Northern Ireland and three in the Republic of Ireland. ...

Other nations

Talks have been held intermittently with both Italy and South Africa about the possible expansion of the Celtic League. A Rainbow Cup involving South African and Italian teams was announced in 2005, but following changes in the membership of the South African Rugby Union the idea was abandoned without a ball kicked. In the medium term, it is expected that the competition will continue to consist of the three Celtic unions. Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ...


See also

The Heineken Cup sponsored by Heineken (known as the H Cup in France due to alcohol advertising laws) is an annual rugby union competition involving leading club, regional and provincial teams from England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales. ... The European Challenge Cup in rugby union, known as the Parker Pen Shield from 2001 to 2003 and Parker Pen Challenge Cup from 2003, is the sister competition to the Heineken Cup. ... Welsh Premier Division Logo The Welsh Premier Division (also called the Principality Premiership for sponsorship reasons) is a rugby union league in Wales. ... The Anglo-Welsh Cup is a rugby union tournament with 12 English teams and 4 Welsh teams. ... The table below lists domestic sports leagues from around the world by total attendances for the last completed season. ...

References

  1. ^ Magners ends drought by sponsoring Celtic League. timesonline.co.uk. Retrieved on 2007-04-23.
  2. ^ Edinburgh hit out at Borders loss. BBC. Retrieved on 2007-04-23.

2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the CE era. ... April 23 is the 113th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (114th in leap years). ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the CE era. ... April 23 is the 113th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (114th in leap years). ...

External links

  • Magners League (official site)
  • Celtic League news from Planet Rugby
  • Proposed rainbow cup
  • Welsh clubs expelled
  • Agreement for new Celtic League
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