2005–06 Celtic League

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2005–06 Celtic League
Countries Ireland Ireland
 Scotland
 Wales
Champions Ireland Ulster (1st title)
Runners-up Ireland Leinster
Matches played 110
Attendance 571,331 (average 5,194 per match)
Tries scored 484 (average 4.4 per match)
Top point scorer Felipe Contepomi (Leinster)
(287 points)[1]
Top try scorer Tommy Bowe (Ulster)
Jason Forster (Newport Gwent Dragons)
(10 tries)[2]
Official website
www.rabodirectpro12.com

The 2005–06 Celtic League was the fifth Celtic League season, and the third following the introduction of regional rugby in Wales. Eleven teams, from three countries participated. The final table was dominated by the Irish, with the top three spots taken by Ulster, Leinster and Munster respectively. The 2005–06 season was the first (and last) season for which the "free weekend" was awarded points for. Due to the odd number of teams participating, for every round of fixtures, one team has a so-called "free weekend". Each time this occurred, the team was awarded four points, so although at the end of the season it did not alter the positions (each team has a guaranteed 8 points), the table is skewed during the season according to the fixtures.

Teams[edit]

Team Stadium Capacity City, Area
Scotland Border Reivers Netherdale 6,000 Galashiels, Scotland
Wales Cardiff Blues Cardiff Arms Park[a] 12,500 Cardiff, Wales
Ireland Connacht Galway Sportsgrounds 5,500 Galway, Republic of Ireland
Scotland Edinburgh Gunners Murrayfield Stadium 12,464[b] Edinburgh, Scotland
Scotland Glasgow Warriors Firhill Stadium
Hughenden Stadium[c]
10,887
6,000
Glasgow, Scotland
Ireland Leinster Donnybrook Stadium[d] 6,500 Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Wales Llanelli Scarlets Stradey Park[e] 10,800 Llanelli, Wales
Ireland Munster Thomond Park
Musgrave Park
13,200
8,300
Limerick, Republic of Ireland
Cork, Republic of Ireland
Wales Newport Gwent Dragons Rodney Parade 12,000 Newport, Wales
Wales Ospreys Liberty Stadium 20,500 Swansea, Wales
Ireland Ulster Ravenhill 12,800 Belfast, Northern Ireland

Table[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD TF TA Try bonus Losing bonus Pts
1 Ireland Ulster 22 15 1 4 510 347 +163 49 31 3 2 75
2 Ireland Leinster 22 14 0 6 545 427 +118 59 45 8 2 74
3 Ireland Munster 22 12 0 8 439 372 +67 49 42 7 3 66
4 Wales Cardiff Blues 22 11 0 9 475 389 +86 51 38 6 5 63
5 Scotland Edinburgh Gunners 22 11 0 9 418 415 +3 48 45 5 3 60
6 Wales Llanelli Scarlets 22 10 1 9 418 402 +16 49 37 3 4 57
7 Wales Ospreys 22 11 0 9 381 409 −28 33 38 1 2 55
8 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons 22 7 0 13 355 456 −101 40 51 2 7 45
9 Scotland Border Reivers 22 7 0 13 386 501 −115 39 59 1 7 44
10 Ireland Connacht 22 6 0 14 325 466 −141 28 51 1 4 37
11 Scotland Glasgow Warriors 22 5 0 15 371 439 −68 39 47 2 7 37

Under the standard bonus point system, points are awarded as follows:

  • 4 points for a win
  • 2 points for a draw
  • 1 bonus point for scoring 4 tries (or more) (Try bonus)
  • 1 bonus point for losing by 7 points (or fewer) (Losing bonus)

Due to the uneven number of participating teams, each team had two free weekends and were awarded 4 match points each time.

Source: RaboDirect PRO12


Results[edit]

Round 1[edit]

2 September 2005
19:10
Llanelli Scarlets Wales 15 – 21 Scotland Edinburgh Gunners
Report
Stradey Park
Attendance: 5,688
2 September 2005
19:10
Munster Ireland 9 – 7 Scotland Border Reivers
Report
Thomond Park
Attendance: 3,500
2 September 2005
19:30
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 15 – 21 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Hughenden
Attendance: 2,034
3 September 2005
14:30
Connacht Ireland 13 – 9 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Sportsground
Attendance: 1,800
4 September 2005
17:10
Ospreys Wales 22 – 20 Ireland Leinster
Report
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 10,131

Round 2[edit]

9 September 2005
19:10
Cardiff Blues Wales 22 – 25 Ireland Ulster
Report
Cardiff Arms Park
Attendance: 5,784
10 September 2005
16:00
Edinburgh Gunners Scotland 34 – 3 Ireland Connacht
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 1,813
10 September 2005
17:00
Leinster Ireland 26 – 21 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
Donnybrook
Attendance: 3,700
10 September 2005
18:00
Munster Ireland 37 – 10 Wales Ospreys
Report
Musgrave Park
Attendance: 6,700
11 September 2005
16:00
Border Reivers Scotland 15 – 24 Wales Llanelli Scarlets
Report
Netherdale
Attendance: 850

Welsh Round 1[edit]

  • All-Welsh Round 5 matches played mid-week to allow Welsh teams to play in the Anglo-Welsh Cup.
13 September 2005
19:35
Ospreys Wales 15 – 9 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 7,749
14 September 2005
19:10
Cardiff Blues Wales 20 – 16 Wales Llanelli Scarlets
Report
Cardiff Arms Park
Attendance: 6,254

Round 3[edit]

16 September 2005
19:10
Leinster Ireland 33 – 14 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Donnybrook
Attendance: 3,700
16 September 2005
19:30
Ulster Ireland 30 – 23 Scotland Edinburgh Gunners
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 7,799
17 September 2005
17:30
Llanelli Scarlets Wales 25 – 17 Ireland Connacht
Report
Racecourse Ground
Attendance: 3,042
17 September 2005
19:30
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 32 – 10 Ireland Munster
Report
Hughenden
Attendance: 1,884
18 September 2005
16:00
Border Reivers Scotland 16 – 6 Wales Ospreys
Report
Netherdale
Attendance: 1,023

Round 4[edit]

23 September 2005
19:10
Munster Ireland 14 – 13 Wales Llanelli Scarlets
Report
Musgrave Park
Attendance: 5,000
24 September 2005
14:30
Connacht Ireland 15 – 17 Scotland Border Reivers
Report
Sportsground
Attendance: 650
24 September 2005
17:30
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 19 – 22 Ireland Ulster
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 5,112
24 September 2005
19:30
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 23 – 28 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Hughenden
Attendance: 1,404
25 September 2005
15:00
Edinburgh Gunners Scotland 24 – 18 Wales Ospreys
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 2,471

Round 5[edit]

30 September 2005
19:30
Edinburgh Gunners Scotland 28 – 12 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 2,502
1 October 2005
14:00
Connacht Ireland 19 – 44 Ireland Munster
Report
Sportsground
Attendance: 2,300
1 October 2005
17:30
Leinster Ireland 30 – 23 Ireland Ulster
Report
Donnybrook
Attendance: 6,500

Round 6[edit]

7 October 2005
19:10
Ulster Ireland 36 – 10 Ireland Connacht
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 9,546
7 October 2005
19:30
Border Reivers Scotland 23 – 11 Scotland Edinburgh Gunners
Report
Netherdale
Attendance: 2,646
9 October 2005
15:00
Munster Ireland 33 – 9 Ireland Leinster
Report
Musgrave Park
Attendance: 7,500

Round 7[edit]

14 October 2005
19:10
Ospreys Wales 18 – 17 Ireland Connacht
Report
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 5,511
14 October 2005
19:30
Edinburgh Gunners Scotland 17 – 15 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 2,460
15 October 2005
17:30
Leinster Ireland 34 – 15 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
RDS Arena
Attendance: 7,000
15 October 2005
19:30
Border Reivers Scotland 0 – 27 Ireland Ulster
Report
Netherdale
Attendance: 1,857
16 October 2005
16:10
Llanelli Scarlets Wales 24 – 20 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
Stradey Park
Attendance: 6,333

Round 8[edit]

4 November 2005
19:10
Ulster Ireland 12 – 20 Wales Ospreys
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 9,310
4 November 2005
19:30
Cardiff Blues Wales 16 – 18 Ireland Munster
Report
Cardiff Arms Park
Attendance: 6,107
4 November 2005
19:30
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 30 – 15 Ireland Connacht
Report
Hughenden
Attendance: 1,518
6 November 2005
15:00
Leinster Ireland 13 – 27 Scotland Edinburgh Gunners
Report
Donnybrook
Attendance: 1,700
6 November 2005
16:10
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 20 – 16 Scotland Border Reivers
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 3,551

Round 9[edit]

3 December 2005
14:00
Connacht Ireland 9 – 21 Ireland Leinster
Report
Sportsground
Attendance: 2,250
3 December 2005
19:10
Munster Ireland 17 – 20 Ireland Ulster
Report
Musgrave Park
Attendance: 6,000
4 December 2005
15:00
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 46 – 6 Scotland Edinburgh Gunners
Report
Firhill
Attendance: 2,003

Welsh Round 2[edit]

  • All-Welsh Round 9 matches postponed to allow Welsh teams to play in the Anglo-Welsh Cup.
22 December 2005
19:35
Ospreys Wales 9 – 28 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 11,016
23 December 2005
19:10
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 16 – 28 Wales Llanelli Scarlets
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 5,763

Round 10[edit]

26 December 2005
15:00
Edinburgh Gunners Scotland 30 – 25 Scotland Border Reivers
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 3,818
26 December 2005
17:00
Ulster Ireland 19 – 24 Ireland Leinster
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 12,300
27 December 2005
16:10
Cardiff Blues Wales 41 – 23 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Cardiff Arms Park
Attendance: 12,488
27 December 2005
19:35
Munster Ireland 36 – 17 Ireland Connacht
Report
Thomond Park
Attendance: 8,000

Round 11[edit]

31 December 2005
13:00
Leinster Ireland 35 – 23 Ireland Munster
Report
RDS Arena
Attendance: 14,135
31 December 2005
14:00
Border Reivers Scotland 24 – 13 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
Netherdale
Attendance: 2,107
31 December 2005
14:00
Connacht Ireland 22 – 12 Ireland Ulster
Report
Sportsground
Attendance: 2,100
1 January 2006
15:10
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 24 – 14 Wales Ospreys
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 6,115
2 January 2006
16:10
Llanelli Scarlets Wales 32 – 13 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Stradey Park
Attendance: 9,364

Round 12[edit]

6 January 2006
19:10
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 27 – 19 Ireland Connacht
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 4,773
7 January 2006
15:30
Ulster Ireland 25 – 23 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 6,487
7 January 2006
17:30
Llanelli Scarlets Wales 20 – 18 Ireland Leinster
Report
Stradey Park
Attendance: 6,126
7 January 2006
19:30
Edinburgh Gunners Scotland 17 – 18 Ireland Munster
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 3,525
8 January 2006
16:00
Border Reivers Scotland 26 – 23 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Netherdale
Attendance: 3,879

Round 13[edit]

27 January 2006
19:10
Cardiff Blues Wales 9 – 13 Scotland Edinburgh Gunners
Report
Cardiff Arms Park
Attendance: 4,943
27 January 2006
19:30
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 8 – 22 Wales Ospreys
Report
Old Anniesland
Attendance: 1,335
27 January 2006
19:30
Leinster Ireland 62 – 14 Scotland Border Reivers
Report
Donnybrook
Attendance: 4,125
27 January 2006
19:30
Ulster Ireland 30 – 13 Wales Llanelli Scarlets
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 7,986
28 January 2006
17:30
Munster Ireland 10 – 8 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Musgrave Park
Attendance: 5,000

Round 14[edit]

17 February 2006
19:10
Ospreys Wales 22 – 18 Scotland Border Reivers
Report
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 6,573
17 February 2006
19:30
Edinburgh Gunners Scotland 23 – 31 Ireland Ulster
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 3,559
18 February 2006
14:30
Connacht Ireland 33 – 19 Wales Llanelli Scarlets
Report
Sportsground
Attendance: 2,300
18 February 2006
15:30
Munster Ireland 20 – 26 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
Thomond Park
Attendance: 5,000
18 February 2006
17:30
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 31 – 18 Ireland Leinster
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 5,117

Round 15[edit]

3 March 2006
19:10
Cardiff Blues Wales 40 – 14 Wales Ospreys
Report
Cardiff Arms Park
Attendance: 7,165
3 March 2006
19:30
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 8 – 20 Scotland Border Reivers
Report
Firhill
Attendance: 1,406
3 March 2006
19:35
Ulster Ireland 27 – 3 Ireland Munster
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 12,300
5 March 2006
17:15
Leinster Ireland 16 – 13 Ireland Connacht
Report
Donnybrook
Attendance: 3,573

Round 16[edit]

24 March 2006
19:10
Cardiff Blues Wales 31 – 3 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
Cardiff Arms Park
Attendance: 4,508
24 March 2006
19:30
Border Reivers Scotland 9 – 11 Ireland Connacht
Report
Netherdale
Attendance: 702
25 March 2006
15:30
Ulster Ireland 24 – 17 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 7,546
26 March 2006
16:10
Ospreys Wales 24 – 17 Scotland Edinburgh Gunners
Report
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 5,413

Round 10 rescheduled match[edit]

31 March 2006
19:10
Llanelli Scarlets Wales 30 – 17 Wales Ospreys
Report
Stradey Park
Attendance: 10,832

Round 17[edit]

7 April 2006
19:10
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 23 – 17 Ireland Munster
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 5,433
7 April 2006
19:30
Edinburgh Gunners Scotland 10 – 21 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 2,304
7 April 2006
21:00
Border Reivers Scotland 34 – 35 Ireland Leinster
Report
Netherdale
Attendance: 1,307
8 April 2006
17:30
Ospreys Wales 16 – 13 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 4,000

Round 18[edit]

14 April 2006
19:10
Leinster Ireland 30 – 22 Wales Llanelli Scarlets
Report
Lansdowne Road
Attendance: 7,250
15 April 2006
14:30
Connacht Ireland 15 – 10 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Sportsground
Attendance: 1,800
15 April 2006
17:30
Cardiff Blues Wales 46 – 11 Scotland Border Reivers
Report
Cardiff Arms Park
Attendance: 5,500
15 April 2006
17:30
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 18 – 27 Ireland Ulster
Report
Firhill
Attendance: 2,240
15 April 2006
19:30
Munster Ireland 36 – 15 Scotland Edinburgh Gunners
Report
Thomond Park
Attendance: 9,000

Welsh Round 3[edit]

  • All-Welsh Round 6 matches played mid-week to allow Welsh teams to play in the Anglo-Welsh Cup.
18 April 2006
19:10
Ospreys Wales 25 – 13 Wales Llanelli Scarlets
Report
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 15,183
19 April 2006
19:35
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 13 – 18 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 7,113

Round 15 rescheduled match[edit]

22 April 2006
17:30
Llanelli Scarlets Wales 36 – 17 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Stradey Park
Attendance: 6,500

Round 19[edit]

28 April 2006
19:10
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 32 – 18 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 3,850
28 April 2006
19:30
Border Reivers Scotland 25 – 41 Ireland Munster
Report
Netherdale
Attendance: 1,266
28 April 2006
19:30
Edinburgh Gunners Scotland 35 – 18 Wales Llanelli Scarlets
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 2,122
29 April 2006
17:30
Cardiff Blues Wales 30 – 12 Ireland Connacht
Report
Cardiff Arms Park
Attendance: 6,423
29 April 2006
19:35
Leinster Ireland 38 – 21 Wales Ospreys
Report
Lansdowne Road
Attendance: 6,455

Round 20[edit]

5 May 2006
18:30
Connacht Ireland 16 – 22 Scotland Edinburgh Gunners
Report
Sportsground
Attendance: 2,100
5 May 2006
19:10
Ospreys Wales 27 – 10 Ireland Munster
Report
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 7,843
5 May 2006
21:00
Ulster Ireland 26 – 17 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 9,617
6 May 2006
16:10
Llanelli Scarlets Wales 30 – 26 Scotland Border Reivers
Report
Stradey Park
Attendance: 5,033
7 May 2006
19:30
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 18 – 21 Ireland Leinster
Report
Firhill
Attendance: 1,129

Round 16 rescheduled match[edit]

9 May 2006
19:05
Llanelli Scarlets Wales 18 – 6 Ireland Munster
Report
Stradey Park
Attendance: 5,754

Round 21[edit]

12 May 2006
18:30
Connacht Ireland 16 – 44 Wales Ospreys
Report
Sportsground
Attendance: 1,500
12 May 2006
19:10
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 17 – 10 Wales Llanelli Scarlets
Report
Firhill
Attendance: 1,014
12 May 2006
19:30
Ulster Ireland 63 – 17 Scotland Border Reivers
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 8,932
13 May 2006
17:30
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 11 – 37 Scotland Edinburgh Gunners
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 4,637
14 May 2006
18:10
Cardiff Blues Wales 40 – 31 Ireland Leinster
Report
Millennium Stadium
Attendance: 15,327

Round 17 rescheduled match[edit]

  • This match was postponed from the weekend of 9 April to allow Llanelli Scarlets to play in the Anglo-Welsh Cup Final.
19 May 2006
19:10
Llanelli Scarlets Wales 12 – 12 Ireland Ulster
Report
Stradey Park
Attendance: 6,425

Round 22[edit]

26 May 2006
18:30
Connacht Ireland 33 – 7 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
Sportsground
Attendance: 1,100
26 May 2006
19:10
Edinburgh Gunners Scotland 8 – 31 Ireland Leinster
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 2,364
26 May 2006
19:10
Ospreys Wales 17 – 19 Ireland Ulster
Report
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 10,316
26 May 2006
19:30
Border Reivers Scotland 43 – 5 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Netherdale
Attendance: 1,233
27 May 2006
17:30
Munster Ireland 37 – 8 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Thomond Park
Attendance: 13,200

Leading scorers[edit]

Note: Flags to the left of player names indicate national team as has been defined under IRB eligibility rules, or primary nationality for players who have not yet earned international senior caps. Players may hold one or more non-IRB nationalities.

External links[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Cardiff Blues played their final home game of the season in the Millennium Stadium.
  2. ^ Although Murrayfield's full capacity is 67,800, only the lower section of the West Stand, with a capacity of 12,464, is generally opened for Edinburgh fixtures.
  3. ^ Glasgow Warriors also played one home game at Old Anniesland.
  4. ^ Leinster also played two of the home games in the RDS Arena and another two in Lansdowne Road.
  5. ^ Llanelli Scarlets played one of their home games at the Racecourse Ground in Wrexham.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Leading Points-Scorers". RaboDirect PRO12. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Leading Try-Scorers". RaboDirect PRO12. Retrieved 29 October 2013.