Principality Stadium

  • 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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  • Principality Backs Premiership For Another Year

    ... Principality Premiership clubs next season, which will prepare the way for the jeopardy of promotion and relegation the year after and Principality’s support increases that stability. “Our long term partnership with Principality, which includes support for Principality Stadium, plays a vital role in helping us safeguard the future of our national game. “And their direct involvement in the grass roots and community end of the game, alongside their continued sponsorship of the Principality...

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

    ... principally due to the investment in the school club hub programme, in digital strategy costs associated with a conscious decision to better promote the community game and facility grants. The Group welcomed 346,000 (2015: 395,000) rugby spectators to Principality Stadium during the year. The average attendance per match was 69,000 (2015: 66,000) and equated to an average of 93% (2015: 89%). The average ticket income per attendee at matches held at Principality Stadium was £39 (2015: £47). "W...

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  • Xmas Weekend Brings Pro12 Second Highest Total Gate

    ... set in Round 5 in the 2010/11 season which included a 50,645 attendance at Aviva Stadium for Leinster Rugby v Munster Rugby. It also comes close to matching the 104,295 attendance of Round 21 in the 2015/16 season which included a 68,262 gate at the Principality Stadium for Judgement Day. Games at Kingspan Stadium, Thomond Park and BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park hosted sell-out crowds while BT Murrayfield, Liberty Stadium and Stadio Monigo also recorded their highest attendances of the campaign. Ma...

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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

    Wales Rugby League (WRL) is looking for a new leader after Mark Rowley announced that he is leaving his position as general manager. Rowley has been a pivotal figure within rugby league in Wales for around a decade, having been the first full-time WRL chairman after it was recognised as a national governing body in 2005 before becoming general manager in 2011. He also played a key role in the organisation being recognised as a Full Rugby League International Board Member last year but he will le...

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