2006–07 Celtic League

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2006–07 Celtic League
Countries Ireland Ireland
 Scotland
 Wales
Champions Wales Ospreys (2nd title)
Runners-up Wales Cardiff Blues
Matches played 110
Attendance 661,163 (average 6,011 per match)
Tries scored 453 (average 4.118 per match)
Top point scorer Dan Parks (Glasgow)
(197 points)[1]
Top try scorer Darren Daniel (Llanelli Scarlets)
Barry Davies (Llanelli Scarlets)
Jamie Heaslip (Leinster)
Andrew Trimble (Ulster)
(7 tries)[2]
Official website
www.rabodirectpro12.com

The 2006–07 Celtic League (known as the 2006–07 Magners League for sponsorship reasons) was the sixth Celtic League season and the first with Magners as title sponsor. The season commenced on 1 September and was completed on 12 May.

The teams competing remained the same as the previous season with four Irish provinces; Munster, Leinster, Connacht and 2005–06 champions Ulster, three Scottish regions; Edinburgh, Border Reivers and Glasgow Warriors and four Welsh regions; Llanelli Scarlets, Cardiff Blues, Ospreys and Newport Gwent Dragons.

The league was won for the second time in three seasons by the Ospreys, with a final-day win over the Borders, playing their last ever match, as the Scottish Rugby Union have announced that the Borders will not exist next season [1]

Teams[edit]

Team Stadium Capacity City, Area
Scotland Border Reivers Netherdale 6,000 Galashiels, Scotland
Wales Cardiff Blues Cardiff Arms Park 12,500 Cardiff, Wales
Ireland Connacht Galway Sportsgrounds 5,500 Galway, Republic of Ireland
Scotland Edinburgh Murrayfield Stadium 12,464[a] Edinburgh, Scotland
Scotland Glasgow Warriors Hughenden Stadium 6,000 Glasgow, Scotland
Ireland Leinster Donnybrook Stadium[b] 6,500 Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Wales Llanelli Scarlets Stradey Park 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

Pre-season[edit]

Ulster began the season as the reigning champions whilst Munster are Heineken Cup champions of the 2005–06 season. Prior to the season commencing it was announced by the Irish Rugby Football Union that some of their internationals were to be rested during part of the season as the Rugby World Cup takes place at the end. This would include the first four matches of the season, to allow for recovery from the June internationals. Those who did not play much during the internationals may return sooner.[3] Major signings during the off-season include Justin Marshall for the Ospreys[4] and Stephen Jones for the Scarlets.[5] The free weekend scheme, where each team that did not compete in a match on a weekend due to the odd number of teams in the league would receive 4 points, was scrapped.[6]

Table[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD TF TA Try bonus Losing bonus Pts
1 Wales Ospreys 20 14 0 6 461 374 +87 49 32 4 4 64
2 Wales Cardiff Blues 20 13 1 6 447 327 +120 53 33 6 3 63
3 Ireland Leinster 20 12 1 7 472 376 +96 54 37 7 4 61
4 Wales Llanelli Scarlets 20 12 0 8 490 417 +73 61 41 9 0 57
5 Ireland Ulster 20 11 1 8 423 310 +113 45 31 4 5 55
6 Ireland Munster 20 12 0 8 379 294 +85 37 31 3 3 54
7 Scotland Glasgow Warriors 20 11 0 9 434 419 +15 42 49 3 2 49
8 Scotland Edinburgh 20 8 1 11 335 423 −88 31 45 2 6 42
9 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons 20 8 0 12 353 362 −9 36 43 1 6 39
10 Ireland Connacht 20 4 2 14 326 474 −148 30 48 2 4 26
11 Scotland Border Reivers 20 2 0 18 201 545 −344 16 64 0 4 12

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)
Source: RaboDirect PRO12


Results[edit]

Round 1[edit]

1 September 2006
19:10
Cardiff Blues Wales 22 – 13 Ireland Munster
Report
Cardiff Arms Park
Attendance: 8,687
1 September 2006
19:30
Border Reivers Scotland 15 – 29 Ireland Connacht
Report
Netherdale
Attendance: 1,303
1 September 2006
19:30
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 23 – 24 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Hughenden
Attendance: 1,653
2 September 2006
17:30
Ospreys Wales 17 – 11 Scotland Edinburgh
Report
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 7,067
2 September 2006
19:30
Ulster Ireland 31 – 16 Wales Llanelli Scarlets
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 8,265

Round 2[edit]

8 September 2006
18:30
Connacht Ireland 15 – 10 Wales Ospreys
Report
Sportsground
Attendance: 1,587
8 September 2006
19:10
Llanelli Scarlets Wales 31 – 17 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
Stradey Park
Attendance: 6,366
8 September 2006
19:30
Edinburgh Scotland 20 – 14 Ireland Leinster
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 2,479
9 September 2006
17:30
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 25 – 32 Ireland Ulster
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 5,114
9 September 2006
19:30
Munster Ireland 9 – 8 Scotland Border Reivers
Report
Thomond Park
Attendance: 6,138

Welsh Round 1[edit]

  • All-Welsh Round 5 matches played early to allow Welsh teams to play in the Anglo-Welsh Cup.
12 September 2006
19:10
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 22 – 23 Wales Llanelli Scarlets
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 5,574
13 September 2006
19:35
Ospreys Wales 18 – 16 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 10,020

Round 3[edit]

15 September 2006
18:30
Connacht Ireland 15 – 37 Wales Llanelli Scarlets
Report
Sportsground
Attendance: 1,765
15 September 2006
19:10
Ospreys Wales 30 – 13 Scotland Border Reivers
Report
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 5,507
15 September 2006
19:30
Edinburgh Scotland 20 – 15 Ireland Ulster
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 3,129
15 September 2006
19:30
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 24 – 13 Ireland Munster
Report
Hughenden
Attendance: 2,295
16 September 2006
19:30
Leinster Ireland 16 – 9 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Donnybrook
Attendance: 5,200

Round 4[edit]

22 September 2006
18:30
Connacht Ireland 22 – 22 Scotland Edinburgh
Report
Sportsground
Attendance: 1,065
22 September 2006
18:40
Cardiff Blues Wales 27 – 9 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
Cardiff Arms Park
Attendance: 6,326
22 September 2006
19:30
Border Reivers Scotland 8 – 20 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Netherdale
Attendance: 1,088
22 September 2006
19:30
Ulster Ireland 43 – 7 Wales Ospreys
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 10,804
23 September 2006
17:30
Llanelli Scarlets Wales 33 – 21 Ireland Leinster
Report
Stradey Park
Attendance: 6,721

Round 5[edit]

29 September 2006
18:30
Connacht Ireland 16 – 31 Ireland Leinster
Report
Sportsground
Attendance: 3,678
29 September 2006
19:30
Edinburgh Scotland 14 – 9 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 4,342
30 September 2006
19:30
Munster Ireland 21 – 13 Ireland Ulster
Report
Musgrave Park
Attendance: 8,000

Round 6[edit]

6 October 2006
18:30
Connacht Ireland 17 – 24 Ireland Ulster
Report
Sportsground
Attendance: 1,687
6 October 2006
19:30
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 25 – 0 Scotland Border Reivers
Report
Hughenden
Attendance: 1,967
6 October 2006
19:30
Leinster Ireland 27 – 20 Ireland Munster
Report
Lansdowne Road
Attendance: 27,252

Round 7[edit]

13 October 2006
18:30
Connacht Ireland 16 – 9 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Sportsground
Attendance: 1,356
13 October 2006
19:10
Ospreys Wales 26 – 9 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 6,288
13 October 2006
19:30
Border Reivers Scotland 22 – 19 Ireland Leinster
Report
Netherdale
Attendance: 1,661
13 October 2006
19:30
Munster Ireland 10 – 21 Scotland Edinburgh
Report
Thomond Park
Attendance: 8,000
14 October 2006
17:30
Ulster Ireland 32 – 12 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 9,979

Round 8[edit]

3 November 2006
19:10
Edinburgh Scotland 13 – 23 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 3,083
3 November 2006
19:30
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 39 – 34 Ireland Connacht
Report
Hughenden
Attendance: 1,574
3 November 2006
19:30
Ulster Ireland 32 – 8 Scotland Border Reivers
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 10,452
4 November 2006
19:30
Leinster Ireland 35 – 13 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Donnybrook
Attendance: 4,790
5 November 2006
17:30
Llanelli Scarlets Wales 25 – 12 Ireland Munster
Report
Stradey Park
Attendance: 5,563

Round 9[edit]

10 November 2006
19:10
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 17 – 10 Scotland Edinburgh
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 3,846
10 November 2006
19:30
Border Reivers Scotland 13 – 19 Wales Llanelli Scarlets
Report
Netherdale
Attendance: 1,103
10 November 2006
19:30
Leinster Ireland 38 – 23 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
Donnybrook
Attendance: 3,750
18 November 2006
17:30
Cardiff Blues Wales 15 – 13 Ireland Connacht
Report
Cardiff Arms Park
Attendance: 4,309
25 November 2006
19:30
Munster Ireland 25 – 20 Wales Ospreys
Report
Thomond Park
Attendance: 6,254

Round 10[edit]

1 December 2006
19:30
Edinburgh Scotland 17 – 3 Scotland Border Reivers
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 2,133
2 December 2006
19:30
Ulster Ireland 6 – 6 Ireland Leinster
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 12,800
3 December 2006
17:00
Munster Ireland 13 – 0 Ireland Connacht
Report
Thomond Park
Attendance: 5,300

Round 11[edit]

22 December 2006
19:30
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 34 – 27 Scotland Edinburgh
Report
Hughenden
Attendance: 2,613
23 December 2006
17:30
Cardiff Blues Wales 30 – 24 Wales Ospreys
Report
Cardiff Arms Park
Attendance: 11,976
  • This match was postponed from Round 6 to allow Welsh teams to play in the Anglo-Welsh Cup.
26 December 2006
16:10
Ospreys Wales 50 – 24 Wales Llanelli Scarlets
Report
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 20,520
26 December 2006
17:30
Ulster Ireland 20 – 10 Ireland Connacht
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 12,143
27 December 2006
15:00
Munster Ireland 25 – 11 Ireland Leinster
Report
Thomond Park
Attendance: 13,200
27 December 2006
15:10
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 14 – 13 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 10,000

Round 12[edit]

29 December 2006
19:30
Border Reivers Scotland 19 – 20 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
Netherdale
Attendance: 1,542
31 December 2006
14:00
Leinster Ireland 20 – 12 Ireland Ulster
Report
Lansdowne Road
Attendance: 48,000
31 December 2006
14:10
Ospreys Wales 12 – 6 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 8,304
31 December 2006
16:00
Connacht Ireland 8 – 14 Ireland Munster
Report
Sportsground
Attendance: 4,560
1 January 2007
16:10
Cardiff Blues Wales 29 – 10 Wales Llanelli Scarlets
Report
Cardiff Arms Park
Attendance: 10,480

Round 13[edit]

5 January 2007
19:10
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 19 – 12 Ireland Munster
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 5,352
5 January 2007
19:30
Edinburgh Scotland 24 – 14 Wales Llanelli Scarlets
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 2,137
6 January 2007
17:30
Cardiff Blues Wales 36 – 15 Scotland Border Reivers
Report
Cardiff Arms Park
Attendance: 5,169
6 January 2007
17:30
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 8 – 19 Ireland Ulster
Report
Hughenden
Attendance: 2,799
6 January 2007
19:30
Leinster Ireland 45 – 22 Wales Ospreys
Report
Donnybrook
Attendance: 6,000

Round 14[edit]

26 January 2007
19:30
Edinburgh Scotland 49 – 31 Ireland Connacht
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 1,824
26 January 2007
19:30
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 22 – 3 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Hughenden
Attendance: 1,562
26 January 2007
19:30
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 48 – 0 Scotland Border Reivers
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 4,986
26 January 2007
19:40
Leinster Ireland 44 – 34 Wales Llanelli Scarlets
Report
Donnybrook
Attendance: 5,890
27 January 2007
17:30
Ospreys Wales 29 – 22 Ireland Ulster
Report
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 6,077

Round 15[edit]

16 February 2007
19:10
Ulster Ireland 14 – 7 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 9,237
16 February 2007
19:30
Border Reivers Scotland 0 – 36 Ireland Munster
Report
Netherdale
Attendance: 1,485
16 February 2007
19:30
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 30 – 14 Wales Llanelli Scarlets
Report
Hughenden
Attendance: 1,825
16 February 2007
19:30
Leinster Ireland 13 – 6 Scotland Edinburgh
Report
Donnybrook
Attendance: 5,340
17 February 2007
17:30
Ospreys Wales 31 – 10 Ireland Connacht
Report
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 6,499

Round 16[edit]

2 March 2007
18:30
Connacht Ireland 20 – 17 Scotland Border Reivers
Report
Sportsground
Attendance: 1,240
2 March 2007
19:30
Edinburgh Scotland 12 – 30 Wales Ospreys
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 2,335
2 March 2007
19:30
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 13 – 3 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 4,656
2 March 2007
19:40
Munster Ireland 12 – 19 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Musgrave Park
Attendance: 8,000
3 March 2007
17:30
Llanelli Scarlets Wales 17 – 11 Ireland Ulster
Report
Stradey Park
Attendance: 5,641

Round 17[edit]

23 March 2007
19:10
Llanelli Scarlets Wales 35 – 11 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Stradey Park
Attendance: 6,320
23 March 2007
19:30
Border Reivers Scotland 10 – 3 Scotland Edinburgh
Report
Netherdale
Attendance: 1,444
23 March 2007
19:30
Ulster Ireland 21 – 24 Ireland Munster
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 12,900
24 March 2007
17:15
Leinster Ireland 30 – 21 Ireland Connacht
Report
Donnybrook
Attendance: 6,500

Round 18[edit]

6 April 2007
19:10
Llanelli Scarlets Wales 53 – 11 Scotland Border Reivers
Report
Stradey Park
Attendance: 5,437
6 April 2007
19:30
Edinburgh Scotland 30 – 20 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 2,261
6 April 2007
19:30
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 26 – 20 Ireland Leinster
Report
Hughenden
Attendance: 2,121
7 April 2007
17:30
Ospreys Wales 20 – 12 Ireland Munster
Report
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 9,295
7 April 2007
18:30
Connacht Ireland 16 – 16 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Sportsground
Attendance: 1,536

Round 19[edit]

13 April 2007
18:30
Connacht Ireland 23 – 40 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
Sportsground
Attendance: 1,331
13 April 2007
19:10
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 22 – 23 Ireland Leinster
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 5,442
13 April 2007
19:30
Border Reivers Scotland 9 – 33 Ireland Ulster
Report
Netherdale
Attendance: 3,252
14 April 2007
16:10
Cardiff Blues Wales 48 – 0 Scotland Edinburgh
Report
Cardiff Arms Park
Attendance: 4,527
14 April 2007
19:30
Munster Ireland 20 – 0 Wales Llanelli Scarlets
Report
Musgrave Park
Attendance: 6,500

Rescheduled matches[edit]

20 April 2007
19:10
Cardiff Blues Wales 20 – 17 Ireland Ulster
Report
Cardiff Arms Park
Attendance: 6,354
24 April 2007
19:35
Llanelli Scarlets Wales 6 – 19 Wales Ospreys
Report
Stradey Park
Attendance: 10,102

Round 20[edit]

27 April 2007
19:10
Ospreys Wales 19 – 17 Ireland Leinster
Report
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 10,702
27 April 2007
19:30
Border Reivers Scotland 14 – 41 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Netherdale
Attendance: 1,238
27 April 2007
19:30
Ulster Ireland 10 – 24 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 8,056
28 April 2007
17:00
Munster Ireland 15 – 7 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Musgrave Park
Attendance: 4,517
29 April 2007
16:10
Llanelli Scarlets Wales 42 – 17 Scotland Edinburgh
Report
Stradey Park
Attendance: 5,108

Rescheduled Match[edit]

  • All-Welsh match rescheduled to allow Welsh teams to play in the Anglo-Welsh Cup.
1 May 2007
19:10
Cardiff Blues Wales 31 – 20 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons
Report
Cardiff Arms Park
Attendance: 9,326

Round 21[edit]

4 May 2007
19:10
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 23 – 0 Ireland Connacht
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 4,322
4 May 2007
19:30
Edinburgh Scotland 9 – 35 Ireland Munster
Report
Murrayfield
Attendance: 3,129
4 May 2007
19:30
Glasgow Warriors Scotland 29 – 26 Wales Ospreys
Report
Hughenden
Attendance: 2,486
5 May 2007
17:30
Llanelli Scarlets Wales 38 – 10 Wales Cardiff Blues
Report
Stradey Park
Attendance: 7,506
5 May 2007
19:30
Leinster Ireland 31 – 0 Scotland Border Reivers
Report
Donnybrook
Attendance: 6,200

Rescheduled Match[edit]

  • All-Welsh match rescheduled to allow Welsh teams to play in the Anglo-Welsh Cup.
8 May 2007
19:35
Newport Gwent Dragons Wales 13 – 27 Wales Ospreys
Report
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 6,438

Round 22[edit]

11 May 2007
19:10
Cardiff Blues Wales 27 – 11 Ireland Leinster
Report
Cardiff Arms Park
Attendance: 10,320
11 May 2007
19:10
Llanelli Scarlets Wales 19 – 10 Ireland Connacht
Report
Stradey Park
Attendance: 5,204
11 May 2007
19:30
Ulster Ireland 16 – 10 Scotland Edinburgh
Report
Ravenhill
Attendance: 7,429
12 May 2007
17:30
Border Reivers Scotland 16 – 24 Wales Ospreys
Report
Netherdale
Attendance: 1,837
12 May 2007
17:30
Munster Ireland 38 – 20 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Report
Musgrave Park
Attendance: 3,311

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.

Broadcast rights[edit]

Television rights for the league are split between three broadcasters, BBC Wales, S4C and Setanta Sports. At the start of the season it was announced that the BBC Wales and S4C had extended their contract to show Celtic League until the end of the 2009/10 season.[7]

External links[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Leinster played two of their games at Lansdowne Road, those against Munster and Ulster. The latter was billed as The Last Stand and was the final match played in Lansdowne Road before its demolition and replacement by the Aviva Stadium.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Leading Points-Scorers". RaboDirect PRO12. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Leading Try-Scorers". RaboDirect PRO12. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Irish stars could be back sooner". bbc.co.uk. 28 August 2006. Retrieved 3 September 2006. 
  4. ^ "Marshall completes Ospreys switch". bbc.co.uk. 25 April 2006. Archived from the original on 21 September 2006. Retrieved 3 September 2006. 
  5. ^ "Jones secures return to Scarlets". bbc.co.uk. 25 April 2006. Archived from the original on 21 September 2006. Retrieved 3 September 2006. 
  6. ^ "Points changes for Magners League". bbc.co.uk. 23 August 2006. Retrieved 3 September 2006. 
  7. ^ "Welsh rugby contract". bbc.co.uk. 30 August 2006. Retrieved 3 September 2006.