WRU Challenge Cup

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The WRU Challenge Cup (currently known as the SWALEC Cup due to sponsorship), or its full name of the Welsh Rugby Union Challenge Cup, is Wales' premier knockout rugby union competition and is organised by the Welsh Rugby Union.

On 26 February 2007, the WRU agreed a new £1 million three-year sponsorship deal with SWALEC, who had previously sponsored the event from the 1992–93 season until the 1998–99 season; the Cup will again become the SWALEC Cup.[1] The SWALEC Cup is a three tier competition with Cup, Plate and Bowl winners. In the inaugural year the SWALEC Plate was competed for by clubs who are knocked out of the SWALEC Cup in the first two rounds, while the SWALEC Bowl was competed for by clubs who are knocked out of the first round of the plate competition.[2] In its second year of the WRU split the three competitions directly with teams from Division 4 - 6 competing for the Bowl, teams from Division 2 - 3 competing for the Plate and teams from the Premiership and Division 1 competing for the Cup.

The current champions are Pontypridd who defeated Neath at the Millennium Stadium on 4 May 2013 by 34 points to 13.

Past winners[edit]

WRU Challenge Cup[edit]

Year Winners Score Runner-up
1972 Neath 15 – 9 Llanelli
1973 Llanelli 30 – 7 Cardiff
1974 Llanelli 12 – 10 Aberavon
1975 Llanelli 15 – 6 Aberavon
1976 Llanelli 16 – 4 Swansea

Schweppes Cup[edit]

Year Winners Score Runner-up
1977 Newport 16 – 15 Cardiff
1978 Swansea 13 – 9 Newport
1979 Bridgend 18 – 12 Pontypridd
1980 Bridgend 15 – 9 Swansea
1981 Cardiff 14 – 6 Bridgend
1982 Cardiff 12 – 12
(Cardiff win on try count)
Bridgend
1983 Pontypool 18 – 6 Swansea
1984 Cardiff 24 – 19 Neath
1985 Llanelli 15 – 14 Cardiff
1986 Cardiff 28 – 21 Newport
1987 Cardiff 16 – 15
(after extra time)
Swansea
1988 Llanelli 28 – 13 Neath
1989 Neath 14 – 13 Llanelli
1990 Neath 16 – 10 Bridgend
1991 Llanelli 24 – 9 Pontypool
1992 Llanelli 16 – 7 Swansea

SWALEC Cup[edit]

Year Winners Score Runner-up
1993 Llanelli 21 – 18 Neath
1994 Cardiff 15 – 8 Llanelli
1995 Swansea 17 – 12 Pontypridd
1996 Pontypridd 29 – 22 Neath
1997 Cardiff 33 – 26 Swansea
1998 Llanelli 19 – 12 Ebbw Vale
1999 Swansea 37 – 10 Llanelli

WRU Challenge Cup[edit]

Year Winners Score Runner-up
2000 Llanelli 22 – 12 Swansea

Principality Cup[edit]

Year Winners Score Runner-up
2001 Newport 13 – 8 Neath
2002 Pontypridd 20 – 17 Llanelli
2003 Llanelli 32 – 9 Newport

Konica Minolta Cup[edit]

Year Winners Score Runner-up
2004 Neath 36 – 13 Caerphilly
2005 Llanelli 25 – 24 Pontypridd
2006 Pontypridd 26 – 25 Neath
2007 Llandovery 20 – 18 Cardiff
2008 Neath 28 – 22 Pontypridd

SWALEC Cup[edit]

Year Winners Score Runner-up
2009 Neath 27 – 21 Llanelli
2010 Llanelli 20 – 8 Carmarthen Quins
2011 Pontypridd 35 - 24 Aberavon
2012 Cross Keys 32 - 19 Pontypridd
2013 Pontypridd 34 - 13 Neath
2014 Pontypridd 21 - 8 Cross Keys

Total wins by club[edit]

Team Winners Runners-up
Llanelli 14 6
Cardiff 7 4
Neath 6 7
Pontypridd 6 5
Swansea 3 7
Bridgend 2 3
Newport 2 3
Pontypool 1 1
Cross Keys 1 1
Llandovery 1 0
Aberavon 0 3
Caerphilly 0 1
Carmarthen Quins 0 1
Ebbw Vale 0 1

Venues for the final[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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