Principality Welsh Premiership

  • WRU Sign With Isuzu And Retain Admiral

    The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) has announced a main partnership deal with truck manufacturer, Isuzu for four years while retaining the support of the incumbent, Admiral on the shirts of sevens and age group teams. Isuzu will take pride of place on the chests of Wales' international stars for the first time this autumn against Australia, Georgia, New Zealand and South Africa in the Under Armour Series at Principality Stadium. The “multi-million-pound partnership” sees Isuzu extend their support...

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  • Welsh Premiership Could Be Set For Expansion

    Discussions are underway about the possibility of expanding the Welsh Premiership from 12 teams to 16, according to reports from across the Severn Bridge. The potential move is partly in response to the decision taken by the four Welsh regions to field regional A sides in the British and Irish Cup next season instead of one Premiership club from each region but that change is yet to be ratified by the WRU. Leinster, Munster, Ulster and Connacht all already enter their second string sides into th...

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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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  • Relegated London Welsh Reach Premiership Funding Agreement

    London Welsh have reached an agreement with Premiership Rugby (PRL) over a settlement on current funding issues. The Exiles were promoted to the Premiership at the beginning of this season but have lost every game so far and their relegation back to the Championship was confirmed a few weeks ago. The club had argued the odds of top flight survival are stacked against newly-promoted sides, citing a financial disparity and calling for "a level playing field" in funding. Director Stephen Cole had c...

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  • London Welsh to Use Kassam Stadium

    London Welsh RFC have announced that the Kassam Stadium, Oxford, will be the venue for the ‘Home’ leg of their Championship Final against Cornish Pirates on May 30. Pirates will host the first leg – venue to be confirmed - on May 23. Both games will be televised on Sky Sports and both will kick-off at 7.45pm. London Welsh are using the Kassam Stadium because it is one of the grounds where the club could potentially play next season if they are promoted to the Aviva Premiership. It is the h...

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  • WRU Offers Free Legal Advice

    The Welsh Rugby Union has joined forces with the law school at Cardiff University to offer free legal advice to all clubs in Wales below semi professional level. The initiative is bilingual and students will provide written legal advice in English and Welsh to any club across the country below the Principality Premiership Division with the aim of resolving disputes and providing solutions to basic problems. Club support officers at the WRU will also be involved in identifying potential cases and...

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  • WRU sets up new professional board

    The Welsh Rugby Union and the nation’s four regions have come together to form a new professional body to run the sport in the country. The Professional Regional Game Board (PRGB) has been established in response to the recent report from accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers questioning the sustainability of the Welsh rugby regions in future. The news of the new board’s formation was released just hours before it was confirmed that Wales international forward Dan Lydiate is to leave the Ne...

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  • Brains to Sponsor Premiership New Boys

    Welsh brewers S.A Brain and Co Ltd has become the main shirt sponsor of London Welsh RFC, in a deal designed to grow Brains’ business outside of Wales. The agreement, which starts this month, is a three year deal which will see the teams playing shirts printed with the Brains Beer logo (pictured). Richard Davies, sales and marketing director at Brains said, “This is the start of a partnership that will spearhead our strategy to grow our business outside of Wales, and what better way to do it...

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  • WRU To Release £1m To Upgrade Club Facilities

      The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) has announced it is investing £1 million to improve club facilities across Wales and to improve their sustainability. The announcement signifies the biggest level of club facility investment that the WRU has ever provided. The 16 A Licensed clubs competing in the Principality Premiership next season will have access to a £200,000 sum which has been set aside from the facilities budget. Clubs will be able to apply for grants for certain projects from that sum, wit...

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  • Tickets Selling Well For Trio Of Big Events

    Ticket sales are progressing well for three major domestic rugby events in April – Saracens’ Wembley game, Judgement Day in Wales and Leinster v Munster at the Aviva Stadium. Saracens’ clash with Harlequins at Wembley attracted a world record crowd for a club game last season when 84,068 fans turned up on March 28 2015 and over 65,000 have already been sold for this season’s meeting at the same venue on April 16 and there are still over three weeks to go. Welsh rugby’s Judgement Day is...

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