Premiership and National Leagues

  • One More Year For Principality And Premiership

    Principality Building Society has extended its title sponsorship of the Welsh Premiership and also announced a further partnership with Welsh Rugby, putting its name to the WRU National Youth Leagues for the 2017/2018 season. With the sponsorship dating back to 2005/6 season due to end this year, there was a fear that Welsh rugby's semi-professional league would be looking for a new sponsor. That will now be avoided for another year. The member-owned organisation first lent its Welsh brand to th...

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  • Principality Backs Premiership For Another Year

    Principality Building Society has extended its title sponsorship of the Welsh Premiership and the WRU National Youth Leagues for the 2018/2019 season. It will be the fourteenth year of involvement in the top club league after announcing the end of their agreement early in 2017, yet continuing for one more year this last season. The member-owned organisation first lent its Welsh brand to the domestic league’s top division in 2005. In addition, Principality will also retain title sponsorship of...

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  • Principality Backs Off Premiership

    The Welsh Rugby Union faces a hunt for a new sponsor for the Premiership with Principality Building Society's backing of the league set to end. Principality has been the title sponsor for the top flight of club rugby since 2005/6 but the South Wales Argus understands this season is set to be its last. The current deal expires this year and the governing body insist that no final decision has been made and that discussions are ongoing. The end of the partnership would be a blow for the 16-team Pr...

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  • On the level

    RAY FRENCH, a former union and league interNational player and currently honorary president of Liverpool St Helens, argues that rugby union should move to regional amateur Leagues to ensure that clubs have a level playing field of competition   When I played rugby union at St Helens in the late 1950s and early ’60s, and coached there – illegally – in the ’70s, the clubs we played were essentially local. There were occasional trips into Yorkshire, but 80 per cent of the fixture list was...

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  • Premiership Dream Costs a Million

    An exclusive Running Rugby survey of second-tier clubs has revealed that in order to challenge for promotion from the RFU Championship to the Aviva Premiership clubs need to spend at least £1million on their playing budget.While in order to achieve success in the Welsh Premiership it was felt that an outlay of over £300,000 is required, with the results showing that in both Ireland and Scotland’s top domestic Leagues £150,000 was the magic figure.We asked senior figures across all the Briti...

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  • WRU Cut Welsh Prem to 10

    The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) has announced the clubs that will be relegated from the Principality Premiership to cut the league from 14 to 10 teams. Bridgend, Tonmawr, Pontypool and Carmarthen Quins will be moved down to the newly-formed National Championship League for next season. The  Premiership for the 2012/13 campaign will include Aberavon, Bedwas, Cardiff, Cross Keys, Llandovery, Llanelli, Neath, Newport, Pontypridd and Swansea. All 10 clubs having earned one of the WRU's `A` licences for...

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  • Mark Evans - Developing Home-grown Talent by Quota

    Much has been written over the years as to the optimum number of teams that should operate in the highest echelon of English rugby union. You can make a strong argument for fourteen (to maximise National coverage), twelve (it gives a degree of stability with only one team relegated) or eight /ten (to improve the playing strength of each team). But as for a serious discussion concerning the principle of an English dominated player roster as opposed to a multi-National competition –can’t recal...

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  • MotivatEd Take Premiership Back to School

    E-Learning specialist MotivatEd and Premier Rugby have launched Rugbee, a National Curriculum-linked rugby-themed online entertainment zone for children aged 7 to 14. Rugbee can be accessed at www.rugbeeground.comRugbee features rugby-themed games, activities and adventure quests that support school learning in mathematics, language, science, geography, and history. It aims to help develop knowledge in cross-curricular competences such as nutrition, health, citizenship, teamwork, and digital lit...

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  • Jersey Make Royal Progress But Premiership Can Wait

    While attention is mainly fixed on the Aviva Premiership, elsewhere in the English Leagues the big story has been the rise, and rise, of Jersey.The National League 1 (third tier) title earned last month has secured the Channel Island club’s fourth promotion in five seasons and takes them within one step of the elite.A rugby trip to the self-proclaimed warmest place in the British Isles used to mean nothing more than a jolly or pre-season training but that has all changed. The island’s rugby...

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  • Women's Rugby World Cup Set For Huge Broadcast Audience

    The Women’s Rugby World Cup will be broadcast to more homes and countries than ever before, the InterNational Rugby Board (IRB) has confirmed. With the tournament set to kick off in Paris this week, supporters in 138 territories around the world will be able to watch the 306 hours of live rugby, more than any previous Women's Rugby World Cup. The competition, being played out in Marcoussis and the Stade Jean Bouin, will be beamed to a potential 289 million homes across the world. 15 matches wi...

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