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The Welsh Premier Division (also called the Principality Premiership for sponsorship reasons) is a rugby union league in Wales first implemented for the 1990/91 season. Image File history File links Principalitypremiership. ... Image File history File links Principalitypremiership. ... For other uses, see Rugby (disambiguation). ... This article is about the country. ...


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Originally at the top tier of rugby in Wales, the league lost this status in 2003 with the implementation of the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU)'s "Regional Rugby" plan, by which the country would be represented in top-level competitions (i.e., the Celtic League and Heineken Cup) by five (now four) regionally-based sides. The clubs in the Premier Division became largely developmental sides for the regional teams. The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) (Welsh: ) is the governing body of rugby union in Wales, recognised by the International Rugby Board. ... 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 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. ...


Over succeeding years the league structure was to be changed in order to strengthen the structure of the semi-pro sides feeding the regions. Under the WRU's plan, playing records and facilities will be the main criteria in determining which clubs would stay in the Premiership.


In the 2005-2006 season the Welsh Premier Division consisted of 16 clubs. Division One Champions Maesteg and runners-up Glamorgan Wanderers were promoted from Division 1 to join 14 clubs who played Premiership rugby the previous season. The clubs relegated down to Division 1 were Caerphilly, Llanharan and Newbridge, thus, reducing the division from 17 to 16 clubs.


For the 2006-2007 season, the Welsh Premier Division was reduced once more to 14 teams. The 2006-2007 league was won by Neath RFC, making it three wins in three years.


For the 2007-2008 season, a new points system was adopted, following the same system used in the Magners league, where teams earn 4 points for a win, 2 for a draw and can earn bonus points for either scoring 4 tries or losing by less than 7 points.[1] 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. ...

Contents

2007/2008 Season

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2007/2008 Table

2007-2008 Principality Welsh Premiership League Table
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Bonus Points Points
Neath RFC 5 4 0 1 126 71 3 19
Cardiff RFC 5 4 1 0 138 103 1 19
Ebbw Vale 5 3 1 1 112 86 3 17
Llanelli RFC 5 3 1 1 138 77 2 16
Newport RFC 5 3 0 2 96 67 3 15
Bedwas RFC 5 3 0 2 130 102 2 14
Cross Keys RFC 5 3 0 2 126 97 2 14
Pontypridd RFC 5 3 0 2 107 104 1 13
Glamorgan Wanderers 5 2 1 2 116 110 2 12
Aberavon RFC 5 2 0 3 100 105 2 10
Swansea RFC 5 1 1 3 108 137 2 8
Llandovery RFC 5 1 0 4 78 155 2 6
Maesteg RFC 5 0 1 4 76 150 1 3
Bridgend Ravens 5 0 0 5 62 149 1 1
Correct as of 00:00, 14 October 2007


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2006/2007 Season

Aberavon RFC is a Welsh rugby union team founded in 1876. ... Bedwas RFC is a rugby union club located in the Welsh village of Bedwas. ... The club badge of Bridgend RFC Bridgend Ravens are a semi-professional rugby union club based in Bridgend, south Wales. ... Cardiff Rugby Football Club was founded 1876. ... Ebbw Vale are a Welsh rugby union club based in Ebbw Vale in south Wales. ... Glamorgan Wanderers are a Welsh rugby union club based in Cardiff in south Wales. ... Llandovery are a Welsh rugby union club based in Llandovery in south Wales. ... Official website www. ... Maesteg RFC is a Welsh Rugby Union team. ... 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. ...

2006/2007 Table

2006-07 Principality Welsh Premiership League Table
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points
Neath RFC 26 17 2 7 704 473 53
Ebbw Vale RFC 26 16 3 7 557 503 51
Newport RFC 26 16 2 8 619 480 50
Pontypridd RFC 26 16 1 9 543 504 49
Llanelli RFC 26 12 2 12 629 509 38
Glamorgan Wanderers 26 12 2 12 577 602 38
Aberavon RFC 26 12 2 12 603 615 38
Cardiff RFC 26 12 1 13 601 580 37
Swansea RFC 26 12 0 14 487 611 36
Bedwas RFC 26 11 1 14 446 524 34
Bridgend Ravens 26 11 0 15 461 508 33
Maesteg RFC 26 10 0 16 531 596 30
Cross Keys RFC 26 9 2 15 485 528 29
Llandovery RFC 26 7 0 19 482 692 21
Correct as of 2007-04-18


Official website www. ... Ebbw Vale are a Welsh rugby union club based in Ebbw Vale in south Wales. ... Based on the east bank of the River Usk, at Rodney Parade, the rugby section of Newport Athletic Club gained itself a world wide reputation in the twentieth century. ... Pontypridd Rugby Football Club are a rugby union team from Wales, playing in the Welsh Premier Division. ... Official website www. ... Glamorgan Wanderers are a Welsh rugby union club based in Cardiff in south Wales. ... Aberavon RFC is a Welsh rugby union team founded in 1876. ... Cardiff Rugby Football Club was founded 1876. ... Swansea Rugby Football Club is a Welsh rugby union team which plays in the Welsh Premier Division. ... Bedwas RFC is a rugby union club located in the Welsh village of Bedwas. ... The club badge of Bridgend RFC Bridgend Ravens are a semi-professional rugby union club based in Bridgend, south Wales. ... Maesteg RFC is a Welsh Rugby Union team. ... Llandovery are a Welsh rugby union club based in Llandovery in south Wales. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st Century. ... is the 108th day of the year (109th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Past winners

1990/91 Neath


1991/92 Swansea


1992/93 Llanelli


1993/94 Swansea


1994/95 Cardiff


1995/96 Neath


1996/97 Pontypridd


1997/98 Swansea


1998/99 Llanelli


1999/2000 Cardiff


2000/01 Swansea


2001/02 Llanelli


2002/03 Bridgend


2003/04 Newport


2004/05 Neath


2005/06 Neath


2006/07 Neath


Wins by club

  • Neath (5 times)
  • Swansea (4 times)
  • Llanelli (3 times)
  • Cardiff (twice)
  • Pontypridd (once)
  • Bridgend (once)
  • Newport (once)

References

  1. ^ http://www.wru.co.uk/14000_13532.php

See also

The WRU Challenge Cup (currently known as the Minolta Cup due to sponsorship) is Wales premier knockout rugby union competition. ... 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. ... Rugby union in Wales is governed by the Welsh Rugby Union. ... Rugby union in Wales is governed by the Welsh Rugby Union. ...

External links

  • 2007-08 Fixtures from the BBC
  • Welsh Rugby Union Home Page
  • Restructuring of Welsh premiership
  • New leagues for the North of Wales

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