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Encyclopedia > Guinness Premiership
Guinness Premiership
Current season or competition 2006-07 Guinness Premiership
Sport Rugby union
Founded 1987
No. of teams 12
Country Flag of England England
Current champions Leicester Tigers

The Guinness Premiership is a professional league competition for rugby union clubs in the top division of the English rugby system. There are at present, twelve clubs in the Premiership. The competition has been played since 1987, with the most successful club being the Leicester Tigers, who have won the competition seven times. Promotion and relegation exists within the Premiership, with relegation to and promotion from the National Division One competition. Clubs competing in the Guinness Premiership qualify for Europe's two club competitions, the Heineken Cup and the European Challenge Cup. The current champions are the Leicester Tigers. Image File history File links Current_sport. ... The 2006-07 Guinness Premiership. ... Image File history File links Guinness_Premiership. ... A rugby union scrum. ... See also: 1986 in sports, other events of 1987, 1988 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Bill Elliott won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Dale Earnhardt CART Racing - Bobby Rahal won the season championship Indianapolis 500 - Al Unser, Sr. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England_(bordered). ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem God Save the King (Queen) England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Queen Queen Elizabeth II  -  Prime Minister Tony Blair MP Unification  -  by Athelstan 967  Area... Official website www. ... Guinness logo World War II era advert. ... A rugby union scrum. ... Official website www. ... National Division One is the second tier of the English Rugby Union leagues. ... 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. ... Official website www. ...

Contents

History

The governing body of rugby union in England, Rugby Football Union (RFU), long resisted leagues as they believed that they would increase 'dirty' play and put pressure on clubs to pay their players (thus breaking the amateur ethos). Instead clubs arranged their own friendlies and had traditional games. The only organised tournaments were the County Cups and County Championship — the former played by clubs and the latter by the Counties within England. The Daily Telegraph and a few local newspapers — such as the Yorkshire Post compiled 'pennants' based on teams performances but as the strength of fixture list varied, it was at best an estimate of a teams performance throughout a season. The Rugby Football Union (RFU) is the rugby union governing body in England. ... This article concerns the British newspaper. ... The Yorkshire Post was founded in 1754, as the Leedes Intelligencer, making it one of Britains first daily newspapers. ...


In 1972 the RFU sanctioned a national knock-out cup now known as the EDF Energy Cup and this was followed first by regional merit tables and then in the mid 1980s by national merit tables. One of the casualties of the move to competitive leagues was the loss of traditional games as the new fixture lists did not allow enough time for them. The EDF Energy Cup, also known as the Anglo-Welsh Cup an the English & Welsh rugby union knock-out cup competition featuring all 12 Guinness Premiership clubs and all 4 Welsh Regions. ...


The league evolved over time since starting in 1987 when the Courage Leagues were formed, a league pyramid that had more than 1000 clubs playing in 108 leagues; each with promotion and relegation.


In the first season, clubs were expected to arrange the fixtures on mutually convenient dates. That first season was an unqualified success, with clubs in the upper echelons of the national leagues reporting increased crowds, interest from both local backers and national companies and higher skill levels among players exposed to regular competition. The fears that a league would lead to greater violence on the field proved largely unfounded.


By the next season the RFU allocated fixed Saturdays to the league season, removing the clubs' responsibility for scheduling matches. There was no home and away structure to the leagues in those early seasons sides played one another once only.


Initially two teams, Bath and Leicester proved to be head and shoulders above anyone else in the Courage League, and between them dominated the top of the table. Official website bathrugby. ... Official website www. ...


In 1994 the league structure expanded to include a full rota of home and away matches for the first time. The 1994/1995 season was the first to be shown live on Sky Sports, a relationship which continues today. Sky Sports is the brand name for a group of 9 channels. ...


The league turned professional for the 1996/97 season when the first winners were Wasps RFC, now known as London Wasps, who were the only other side to be crowned champions in the first ten years. Clubs like Saracens, Newcastle and Northampton were lucky enough to attract benefactors but the professional era also had its casualties as clubs like Richmond and London Scottish were forced into administration when their backers pulled out. Official website www. ... Official website www. ... Saracens Rugby Union Football Club is an English rugby union team located in Watford, Hertfordshire. ... Official website www. ... Official website www. ... Richmond Football Club is a rugby union team from Richmond, London. ... London Scottish Football Club is a rugby union team in England. ...


The re-branding of the league to the Zurich Championship at the start 2000/01 season also brought with it a re-vamping of the season structure. In 2000–2001 an 8-team play-off system was implemented, but the regular season champion was still considered English champion ("Zurich Premiership title") with the playoff champion claiming the "Zurich Championship title".


In the 2001–2002 season a controversial knock-out cup style play-off system was introduced. Halfway through the season, with Leicester odds-on to win their fourth title in succession, the league decided that the winners of the playoffs would be crowned champions. There was an outcry from fans and this proposal was dropped, but the next year a similar proposal was adopted under which the winner of the league had to play the winner of a match between the second- and third-placed teams for the title. Although Gloucester won the league by a clear margin, they then faced a three weeks wait until the final as a result they lost their momentum and second-placed Wasps (who had defeated third-placed Northampton) beat them easily in the play-offs. the playoff structure was reformatted in the 2005-06 season in which the first placed team would play the fourth placed team in a semi-final to help avoid a loss of momentum.


Since the implementation of the playoff system, only two teams have won both the regular season and playoffs in the same year—Leicester in 2000–2001 (the first year of the playoffs) and Sale Sharks in 2005–06. Official website www. ...


From 2002–2003 season the English Champion team has been the one winning the Championship Final. For the past three seasons London Wasps have played the competition format to perfection, peaking at the right time to be crowned English Champions in 2003, 2004 and 2005. The eight-team play off format was also scrapped in favour of one similar to that used across Europe. Since 2004, the season has begun with the London Double Header. The London Double Header began in 2004 and opens what was the Zurich Premiership and is now the Guinness Premiership. ... The London Double Header began in 2004 and opens what was the Zurich Premiership and is now the Guinness Premiership. ...


Competition

Format

The Guinness Premiership regular season runs for 22 rounds, involving twelve clubs. The current season runs from September through to May of the following year with the finals then starting. During a Premiership match, points that contribute to team standings can be awarded in a number of ways: four are awarded for a victory, two for a draw and zero for a loss. However, regardless of winning or losing, bonus points can also be awarded, either by losing by seven points or less in the final scoreline (one point) or a team scoring four or more tries in a match (one point). This article refers to the use of the word Try in rugby football terminology. ...


After the completition of the 22 regular season rounds, the final standings of the twelve clubs determines what teams enter the finals. The top four clubs in the standings enter the semi-finals. The club that finishes at the top of the standings earns a home game in their semi-final against the fourth-placed club. The club that finishes second in the standings also earns a home semi-final, hosting the third-placed club. The two semi-finals are played in May, with the winners of both games entering the championship final which is played at Twickenham Stadium. The winner of the final are the season champions. Twickenham Stadium (usually known as just Twickenham or Twickers[1]) is a stadium located in Twickenham, a suburb of south-west London (in the historic county of Middlesex). ...


Promotion and relegation

There is a system of promotion and relegation in the Guinness Premiership. The Guinness Premiership comprises the top level of the English rugby union leagues. There is automatically promotion and relegation between the Guinness Premiership and National Division One. The last placed club after the 22 regular season rounds of the Premiership is relegated, while the winner of the National Division One champion is promoted to the Premiership for the subsequent season. However, promotion and relegation is subject to the Minimum Standards Criteria. In many sports leagues around the world (with North American and Australian professional leagues being the most notable exceptions), relegation (or demotion) means the mandated transfer of the least successful team(s) of a higher division into a lower division at the end of the season. ... National Division One is the second tier of the English Rugby Union leagues. ...


Debate rages over whether promotion and relegation should exist. Benefactors of Premiership clubs are reluctant, in some cases, to add further investment with the fear of relegation looming. Some believe removing that uncertainty would enable more investment, allowing the sport to grow. However, moves made by the Guinness Premiership clubs to ring-fence the division have been made by imposing very stringent ground requirements on National Division One clubs that win the right to promotion, some of which are not adhered to by current members of the Guinness Premiership.


European competitions

Teams playing in the Guinness Premiership also compete in the two European competitions; the Heineken Cup and the European Challenge Cup. The number of clubs taking part in either competition varies each season according to performances of English clubs in the prior season. The top four placed clubs in the Guinness Premiership qualify for the Heineken Cup, though more clubs can qualify in a number of ways (if a Guinness Premiership club); the previous seasons' Heineken Cup winner, the champion of the European Challenge Cup or the winner of the EDF Energy Cup. The EDF Energy Cup is played every season involving all twelve Premiership clubs and the four Welsh regions from the Celtic League. In total, six clubs usually compete in the Heineken Cup. If the winner of the Heineken Cup, European Challenge Cup or EDF Energy Cup is actually in the top four Guinness Premiership clubs, then the Heineken Cup runner-up would qualify (if an English club), followed by standings after fourth in the Premiership. Seven clubs will compete in the Heineken Cup if the winner of the Cup is an English club. Clubs that do not qualify for the Heineken Cup play in the European Challenge Cup. 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. ... The EDF Energy Cup, also known as the Anglo-Welsh Cup an the English & Welsh rugby union knock-out cup competition featuring all 12 Guinness Premiership clubs and all 4 Welsh Regions. ... 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. ...


Sponsorship

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Teams

The following twelve teams will take part in the 2007-08 Guinness Premiership:

Guinness Premiership
Team Stadium City/Area
Bath Recreation Ground Bath, Somerset
Bristol Memorial Stadium Bristol
Gloucester Kingsholm Stadium Gloucester, Gloucestershire
Harlequins Twickenham Stoop Twickenham, Middlesex
Leeds Carnegie Headingley Carnegie Stadium Leeds, West Yorkshire
Leicester Tigers Welford Road Leicester, Leicestershire
London Irish Madejski Stadium Reading, Berkshire
London Wasps Adams Park High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
Newcastle Falcons Kingston Park Newcastle, Tyne and Wear
Sale Sharks Edgeley Park Sale, Greater Manchester
Saracens Vicarage Road Watford, Hertfordshire
Worcester Warriors Sixways Stadium Worcester, Worcestershire

Official website bathrugby. ... The Recreation Ground (the Rec) is a multi-use sports ground in the centre of Bath, Somerset, next to the River Avon. ... Bath is a city in South West England most famous for its baths fed by three hot springs. ... Somerset is a county in the south-west of England. ... Bristol Rugby are the first class rugby club in Bristol, England. ... Sports ground in Bristol, dedicated to the memory of the rugby players of the city killed during the Great War. ... View from Cumberland Basin of the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the Avon Gorge Bristol (IPA: ) is a city, unitary authority and ceremonial county in South West England, 115 miles (185 km) west of London. ... Official website www. ... Kingsholm Stadium is a rugby union stadium in Gloucester, England, and is the home stadium of Gloucester RFC. The stadium is able to hold 12,500 people. ... Gloucester (pronounced ) is a city and district in the English county of Gloucestershire, close to the Welsh border. ... Gloucestershire (pronounced ; GLOSS-ter-sher) is a county in South West England. ... The Harlequin Football Club (The Harlequins or Quins for short) is an English rugby union team who currently play in the second level of English rugby, National Division One, but have secured a return to the Guinness Premiership at the first opportunity. ... The Stoop is the popular name for the home stadium of the London rugby union club Harlequins, which plays in the second level of English rugby union, National Division One. ... Twickenham is a suburb in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, south west London. ... The Middlesex Guildhall at Westminster Middlesex is one of the 39 historic counties of England and was the second smallest (after Rutland). ... Official website www. ... Headingley Stadium is a sporting complex in the Leeds suburb of Headingley. ... Leeds is a major city in West Yorkshire, England. ... West Yorkshire is a metropolitan county in the Yorkshire and the Humber region of England. ... Official website www. ... The Welford Road stadium is home to the Leicester Tigers, the stadium is located between the Alyestone Road and the Welford Road, on the edge of Leicesters city centre. ... Leicester city centre, looking towards the Clock Tower Leicester (pronounced ) is the largest city and unitary authority in the English East Midlands. ... Leicestershire ( IPA: (RP), IPA: (locally)), abbreviation Leics. ... Official website www. ... The Madejski Stadium is a football stadium in Reading, England. ... Reading is a town, unitary authority (the Borough of Reading) and urban area in the English county of Berkshire. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Official website www. ... Adams Park. ... High Wycombe in the UK High Wycombe, (previously Chepping Wycombe or Chipping Wycombe as late as 1911[1]) South Buckinghamshire, is 29 miles (45 kilometres) west-north-west of London, England. ... Buckinghamshire (abbreviated Bucks) is one of the home counties in South East England. ... Official website www. ... Kingston Park is a multi-use stadium in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. ... This article is about a city in the United Kingdom. ... Tyne and Wear is a metropolitan county in the North East of England around the mouths of the Rivers Tyne and Wear. ... Official website www. ... Edgeley Park (Capacity 10,852 seats) is the home of Stockport County Football Club and Sale Sharks Rugby Union club. ... Sale is a town in the Metropolitan Borough of Trafford in Greater Manchester, England. ... Greater Manchester is a metropolitan county in North West England which has a population of 2. ... Saracens Rugby Union Football Club is an English rugby union team located in Watford, Hertfordshire. ... Vicarage Road, a stadium in Watford, Hertfordshire, England, is the home of the football club Watford F.C. and their tenants, the Saracens rugby union club. ... Watford is a town and district in Hertfordshire, England, situated 34 km (21 miles) northwest of London and within the bounds of the M25 motorway. ... Hertfordshire (pronounced Hartfordshire and abbreviated as Herts) is an inland county in the United Kingdom and part of the East of England Government Office region. ... Official website www. ... Sixways Stadium is a multi-use stadium in Worcester, England. ... Worcester (pronounced ) is a city in the Midlands of England, and the county town of Worcestershire. ... Worcestershire (pronounced ; abbreviated Worcs) is a county located in the West Midlands region of central England. ...

Results

By year

Courage League

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Allied Dunbar Premiership

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Zurich Premiership

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Guinness Premiership

The 2005-06 Guinness Premiership is a rugby union club competition that will run from September of 2005 to May of 2006 in England. ... Official website www. ... Official website www. ... The 2006-07 Guinness Premiership. ... Official website www. ... The 2007-08 Guinness Premiership started in September 2007, and will finish with the final in May/June 2008. ...

Zurich Premiership Championship Final

on all occasions at Twickenham Stadium Twickenham Stadium (usually known as just Twickenham or Twickers[1]) is a stadium located in Twickenham, a suburb of south-west London (in the historic county of Middlesex). ...

* 13 May 2001 Leicester - Bath 22-10 (33,500)
* 8 June 2002 Gloucester - Bristol 28-23 (28,500)
* 31 May 2003 London Wasps - Gloucester 39-3 (42,000)
* 29 May 2004 London Wasps - Bath 10-6 (59,500)
* 14 May 2005 London Wasps - Leicester Tigers 39-14 (66,000)

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Guinness Premiership Championship Final

on all occasions at Twickenham Stadium Twickenham Stadium (usually known as just Twickenham or Twickers[1]) is a stadium located in Twickenham, a suburb of south-west London (in the historic county of Middlesex). ...

* 27 May 2006 Sale Sharks - Leicester Tigers 45-20 (58,000)
* 12 May 2007 Leicester Tigers - Gloucester RFC 44-16 (59,000)

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By Championship Total Wins

Ranking Team Times won
1 Leicester Tigers 7
2 Bath 6
3 Wasps FC/London Wasps 5
4= Newcastle Falcons 1
Sale Sharks 1

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See also

This page will contain all of the most current England Rugby Union templates for the various leagues. ... The Guinness A League was launched in 2003. ... The Anglo-Welsh Cup is a rugby union tournament with 12 English teams and 4 Welsh teams. ... The English Rugby Union league is divided up into five divisions - the Premiership, Divisions One and Two, and Divisions Three South and North. ... 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. ... In 2004/5 the twelve teams who failed to progress from the qualifying round of the European Challenge Cup were joined in the draw for the European Shield by Bucuresti (Romania), UCM Madrid (Spain), Bera Bera (Spain) and Lisboa Rugby Club (Portugal). ... 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. ... National Division One is the second tier of the English Rugby Union leagues. ... The EDF Energy Cup, also known as the Anglo-Welsh Cup an the English & Welsh rugby union knock-out cup competition featuring all 12 Guinness Premiership clubs and all 4 Welsh Regions. ... A aerial view of the Melbourne Cricket Ground during the 1992 Cricket World Cup final packed with 90,000 people. ...

External links

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International Competitions
6 Nations | Nations Cup The rose that appears on the English national jersey. ... The Rugby Football Union (RFU) is the rugby union governing body in England. ... First international (also the worlds first) Scotland 4 - 1 England (27 March 1871) Largest win England 134 - 0 Romania (17 November 2001) Worst defeat Australia 76 - 0 England (6 June 1998) World Cup Appearances 5 (First in 1987) Best result Champions, 2003 The England national rugby union team (also... The England Saxons are the second national rugby union team behind the English national side. ... The English national rugby union sevens team compete in the World Sevens Series, Rugby World Cup Sevens and the Commonwealth Games. ... For the Great Britain Lions rugby league football team of similiar title, go to Great Britain national rugby league team First match Otago 3 - 8 Lions (as Great Britain) (28 April 1888) Largest win Manawatu 6 - 109 Lions (28 June 2005) Worst defeat New Zealand 38 - 6 Lions (16 July... For the world cup that is contested in rugby league, see Rugby League World Cup. ... 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. ... 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. ... In 2004/5 the twelve teams who failed to progress from the qualifying round of the European Challenge Cup were joined in the draw for the European Shield by Bucuresti (Romania), UCM Madrid (Spain), Bera Bera (Spain) and Lisboa Rugby Club (Portugal). ... Mens (right) and womens (left) Barclays Churchill Cup trophies The Churchill Cup (referred to as Barclays Churchill Cup for sponsorship reasons) is an annual rugby union tournament contested by representative mens and womens teams from Canada, England, and the United States, with three invited teams (originally... The Rugby World Cup Sevens is the worlds premier international contest in the Sevens version of rugby union, first held in Scotland in 1993 and held every four years. ... The IRB Sevens World Series, known officially as the IRB Sevens before the 2006-07 season and also sometimes called the World Sevens Series, is a series of international rugby union sevens tournaments organised for the first time in the 1999-2000 season. ... An annual rugby union sevens tournament held in London each year. ... The EDF Energy Cup, also known as the Anglo-Welsh Cup an the English & Welsh rugby union knock-out cup competition featuring all 12 Guinness Premiership clubs and all 4 Welsh Regions. ... National Division One is the second tier of the English Rugby Union leagues. ... National Division Two is the third level of domestic Rugby Union competition in England. ... National Division Three North is the fourth level of domestic rugby union competition in Northern England. ... National Division Three South is the fourth level of domestic Rugby Union competition in Southern England. ... Official website bathrugby. ... Bristol Rugby are the first class rugby club in Bristol, England. ... Official website www. ... The Harlequin Football Club (The Harlequins or Quins for short) is an English rugby union team who currently play in the second level of English rugby, National Division One, but have secured a return to the Guinness Premiership at the first opportunity. ... Official website www. ... Official website www. ... Official website www. ... Official website www. ... Official website www. ... Saracens Rugby Union Football Club is an English rugby union team located in Watford, Hertfordshire. ... Official website www. ... Official website www. ... Official website www. ... The Cornish Pirates are a professional rugby union team who play in National Division One, and are the premier Cornish rugby club. ... Coventry Rugby Football Club is a rugby union club in the town of Coventry, England. ... Doncaster Rugby Football Club are a rugby union club representing the town of Doncaster. ... Esher Rugby Football Club are a rugby union club based in Surrey, England. ... Exeter Rugby Club is a rugby union club based in Exeter, England. ... London Welsh Rugby Football Club is a rugby union club based in London that currently plays in National Division One, the second level of the English rugby union league system (below the Guinness Premiership). ... Moseley Rugby Football Clubor Moseley RFC, or Moseley Rugby Club is a Rugby Union club based in south Birmingham, founded 1873. ... Newbury Rugby Football Club are a rugby union club representing Newbury. ... Official website www. ... Nottingham Rugby Football Club are a rugby union club representing Nottingham currently playing in Beeston on the outskirts of the city. ... Official website www. ... Plymouth Albion Rugby Football Club are a Rugby Union club who play in Plymouth, Devon. ... Rotherham RUFC, The Titans, are a semi-professional Rugby Union team from Yorkshire, currently playing in the English National League One, having been relegated from the top-flight of professional rugby in 2003-2004 after only one season, dissapointingly without winning a single match. ... Sedgley Park Rugby Union Football Club are a rugby union club representing a district of Manchester. ... 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. ... Also referred to as the Six Nations B or simply ENC, the European Nations Cup is a second-level competition for European nations where Rugby Union is still an amateur sport. ...


National Teams
England | France | Ireland | Italy | Scotland | Wales First international (also the worlds first) Scotland 4 - 1 England (27 March 1871) Largest win England 134 - 0 Romania (17 November 2001) Worst defeat Australia 76 - 0 England (6 June 1998) World Cup Appearances 5 (First in 1987) Best result Champions, 2003 The England national rugby union team (also... First international (also the worlds first) Scotland 4 - 1 England (27 March 1871) Largest win Scotland 100 - Japan 8 (13 November 2004) Worst defeat Scotland 10 - South Africa 68 (6 December 1997) World Cup Appearances 5 (First in 1987) Best result 4th 1991 The Scotland national rugby union team... First international England 30 - 0 Wales (19 February 1881) Largest win Japan 0 - 98 Wales (26 November 2004) Worst defeat South Africa 96 - 13 Wales (27 June 1998) World Cup Appearances 5 (First in 1987) Best result Third 1987 The Wales national rugby union team (also referred to as the...


Club Competitions
Heineken Cup | Parker Pen Challenge Cup | Parker Pen Shield 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. ... In 2004/5 the twelve teams who failed to progress from the qualifying round of the European Challenge Cup were joined in the draw for the European Shield by Bucuresti (Romania), UCM Madrid (Spain), Bera Bera (Spain) and Lisboa Rugby Club (Portugal). ...


Domestic Club Competitions
Magners League | Premiership | Super 10 | Top 14 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. ... The Super 10 is the national rugby union competition in Italy. ... The Top 14 is a rugby union club competition which is played throughout France. ...


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