Principality

  • 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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  • 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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  • WRU Sells Stadium Naming Rights For Reported £15 Million

    The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) has agreed a 10-year deal for Principality Building Society to become the first ever naming rights partner of its national stadium. The Millennium Stadium will become the Principality Stadium from January 2016, with the decade-long contract thought to be worth up to £15 million, and it adds to the building society’s 10-year sponsorship of the Premiership division in Wales. The relationship between the WRU and Principality dates back to 1969 when Principality member...

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  • WRU Approves 16-Team Premiership

    After a full review, the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) has decided that from the 2016/17 season the number of clubs in the Principality Premiership will be increased from its current 12 teams to up to a total of 16. There will be no relegation from the Premiership at the end of next season (2015/16) in order to launch the transition process. The decision was made following recommendations presented to the WRU Board by a Competitions Pathway Working Group which was made up of stakeholders across the...

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  • Principality To Be Split Between East And West

    The BBC has reported that the Principality Welsh Premiership is set to be divided into two groups of eight teams in east and west Wales. It is understood these plans have been approved by the clubs and will need to be ratified by a Welsh Rugby Union board. Aberavon, Bridgend, Carmarthen Quins, Llandovery, Llanelli, Neath, RGC 1404 and Swansea will form the west. Holders Merthyr, Bargoed, Bedwas, Cardiff, Cross Keys, Ebbw Vale, Newport and Pontypridd are in the east. The clubs will play each othe...

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  • High Court Rules in Favour of WRU

    Pontypool RFC have had their challenge against the Welsh Rugby Union’s (WRU) decision to reform the Principality Premiership Division for the 2012/13 season rejected in the High Court. The decision means that the club has definitely been relegated to the second tier of Welsh rugby. Permission to appeal has also been refused as the Honourable Sir Raymond Jack, sitting as judge of the High Court, said in his 38 page judgement, “I conclude that Pontypool has failed to establish any breach of co...

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  • WRL Boss Steps Down

    ... the cause,” he said. “However, due to personal and business reasons, I now have to move on. I leave Wales Rugby League with a heavy heart but my best wishes to them and everyone involved, including all the coaches and volunteers right across the Principality, particularly in this big year which culminates in the Rugby League World Cup.” It is thought that the demands of the preparations for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, in addition to the pressures of being in charge of a fast-growing...

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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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  • Llanelli RFC Become Limited Company

    ... been a legal structural change at Llanelli RFC with the organisation becoming a limited company, WalesOnline reports. The move will protect its officers who are volunteers from personal liability. Chairman Meurig Griffiths said it would also bring the Principality Premiership club in line with Welsh Rugby Union and good legal practice. The new Llanelli RFC Board is composed of chairman Meurig Griffiths, David Rees and Peter Williams together with Phil Morgan and Jon Daniels of the Scarlets. Mr...

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  • WRU Increase Turnover Last Season By 13% To Over £70m

    ... Welsh rugby has increased by £3.4m from £29.7m previously, with all money earned now being re-invested into the game; the Group retained a profit after tax of £0.1m. Investment in the Regions increased by 12% to £19.3m, compared to investment in the Principality Premiership which increased by 14% to £1.6m. The total investment in community clubs increased by 16% from £6.8m to £7.9m, principally due to the investment in the school club hub programme, in digital strategy costs associated w...

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