Welsh Premier Division

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Welsh Premier Division
Founded
1990
Nation
 Wales
Relegation to
WRU Championship
Number of teams
12
Level on pyramid
Level 1
2013-14 League Winners
Pontypridd
2013-14 League Play-Off Champions
Pontypridd
Website
Principality Premiership

The Welsh Premier Division (also called the Principality Premiership for sponsorship reasons) is a rugby union league in Wales first implemented by the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) for the 1990–91 season.

Competition history[edit]

For the 2000–01 and 2001–02 seasons it was renamed the Welsh-Scottish League with the addition of Edinburgh and Glasgow alongside the Welsh teams.

Originally at the top tier of rugby in Wales, the league lost this status in 2003 with the implementation of the WRU's "Regional Rugby" plan, by which the country would be represented in top-level competitions (i.e., the Magners League, now Pro12, and Heineken Cup) by five (now four) regionally based sides. The clubs in the Premier Division became largely developmental sides for the regional teams.

Over succeeding years the league structure was to be changed in order to strengthen the structure of the semi-pro sides feeding the regions. Under the WRU's plan, playing records and facilities will be the main criteria in determining which clubs would stay in the Premiership.

In the 2005–06 season the Welsh Premier Division consisted of 16 clubs. Division One Champions Maesteg and runners-up Glamorgan Wanderers were promoted from Division 1 to join 14 clubs who played Premiership rugby the previous season. The clubs relegated down to Division 1 were Caerphilly, Llanharan and Newbridge, thus, reducing the division from 17 to 16 clubs.

For the 2006–07 season, the Welsh Premier Division was reduced once more to 14 teams. The 2006–07 league was won by Neath RFC, making it three wins in three years.

For the 2007–08 season, a new points system was adopted, following the same system used in the Magners League, where teams earn four points for a win and two for a draw, and can earn bonus points for either scoring four tries or losing by less than seven points.[1] The relegation rules also changed during the season, stating that if a team failed to meet ground and facility standards during the season, then that club would fall into the final place rather than the club that finished last through points.

British and Irish Cup Qualification

In 2009-10 the top six clubs from the 2008-09 season qualified for the new British and Irish Cup competition. A play-off system was added at the end of the season for the top eight sides to qualify for the following season's British and Irish Cup. Only six teams can qualify for this from the eight. These play-offs do not decide the League Championship, as the league leaders at the end of the regular 26 game season will be Champions.

At the start of the 2010-11 season it was announced that the Welsh Premiership title would be settled by a play-off at a neutral ground. At the end of the season, play-offs will involve the second and third placed teams meeting at a neutral venue, with the winners facing the team who finished top after the regular season in the final. Two-other play-off issues are also set to feature at the end of the campaign. The top five teams in the league will win automatic entry into the following season's British and Irish Cup with the sixth and final place decided by a play-off. This will see the teams finishing in 7th and 8th position meeting for the right to play the sixth-placed club.

Promotion from Division 1 was revamped from the 2010-11 season with play-offs taking place for this too. The bottom-placed team in the Welsh Premiership was grouped with the respective division winners in Division 1 East, North and West - provided they meet the Premiership criteria.

For the 2012-13 season it was announced that the Premier Division would be reduced to 10 teams.[2] The teams for the league would be decided on three factors. Firstly, the holding of an 'A Licence' based on stadium criteria. The signing of a 'Participation Agreement' and judged on league results over the previous six seasons. It was announced that four clubs, Pontypool, Tonmawr, Bridgend and Camarthen had not achieved the required criteria to be included into the new league. However, pressure from Ospreys and Scarlets backers led to the league being extended to 12 teams with Bridgend and Camarthen included.[3] Tonmawr, citing financial reasons, opted not to take part in the new league at all and re-entered themselves into Division Six.[4] Pontypool launched a legal challenge to avoid being the only team relegated but lost the case.[5][6]

2012-13 Season[edit]

2012-13 Teams[edit]


2012-13 Table[edit]

KEY
Champions
Qualified for Play-Offs
Relegated
Team Pld W D L PF PA Bonus Point Points
1 Pontypridd RFC 22 21 0 1 715 342 12 96
2 Llandovery RFC 22 13 3 6 586 393 15 73
3 Llanelli RFC 22 14 0 8 588 407 11 67
4 Bedwas RFC 22 13 1 8 594 505 13 67
5 Cross Keys RFC 22 13 0 9 543 403 14 66
6 Carmarthen Quins RFC 22 11 0 11 476 479 12 56
7 Newport RFC 22 8 2 12 466 588 9 45
8 Cardiff RFC 22 8 2 12 477 505 8 44
9 Aberavon RFC 22 8 1 13 404 535 8 42
10 Neath RFC 22 8 1 13 347 558 6 40
11 Bridgend Ravens 22 7 0 15 404 573 7 35
12 Swansea RFC 22 3 0 19 337 649 7 19
Correct as of 2013-05-18


Playoffs[edit]

Semi-Final[edit]

11 May 2013
14:30 BST
Llandovery RFC Wales 20–29 Wales Llanelli RFC
Try: Miles 36' c
Murphy 58' c
Con: Garland (2/2)
Pen: Garland 18', 22'
Report Try: Phillips 1' c
Reynolds 29' c
Thomas 54' m
J. Williams 80' c
Con: J. Williams (3/4)
Pen: J. Williams 41'
Church Bank Playing Fields, Llandovery
Attendance: 1200
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)

Final[edit]

18 May 2013
19:00 IST
Pontypridd RFC Wales 47-15 Wales Llanelli RFC
Try: Dicomidis 13' c
Humberstone 23' c
Shellard 35' c
Nuthall 61' c
Harris 78' c
Con: Humberstone (4/4)
Wyatt (1/1)
Pen: Humberstone 5', 10', 40', 44'
Report Try: Reynolds 57' c
Phillips 75' m
Con: Lewis (1/2)
Pen: J. Williams 18'
Sardis Road, Pontypridd
Attendance: 2000
Referee: Ian Davies (Wales)

2011-12 Season[edit]

2011-12 Teams[edit]

2011-12 Table[edit]

KEY
Champions
Qualified for Play-Offs
Relegated
Team Pld W D L PF PA Bonus Point Points
1 Pontypridd RFC 26 19 0 7 718 427 15 91
2 Llanelli RFC 26 19 0 7 765 558 13 89
3 Aberavon RFC 26 19 1 6 683 447 10 88
4 Llandovery RFC 26 18 0 8 586 429 11 83
5 Neath RFC 26 15 1 10 669 479 16 78
6 Cross Keys RFC 26 15 0 11 629 568 13 73
7 Carmarthen Quins RFC 26 14 0 12 576 521 15 71
8 Bridgend Ravens 26 12 2 14 676 672 11 63
9 Cardiff RFC 26 10 2 14 635 617 15 59
10 Swansea RFC 26 9 1 16 575 675 13 51
11 Newport RFC 26 9 0 17 570 735 11 47
12 Pontypool RFC 26 9 1 16 501 635 9 47
13 Bedwas RFC 26 9 0 17 521 652 5 41
14 Tonmawr RFC 26 1 0 25 394 1083 6 10
Correct as of 2012-05-29


2010-11 Season[edit]

2010-11 Table[edit]

KEY
Champions
Qualified for Play-Offs
Relegated
Team Pld W D L PF PA PD TF TA Try bonus Losing bonus Points
1 Pontypridd RFC 26 23 1 2 767 382 385 92 40 11 2 107
2 Neath RFC 26 21 0 5 733 426 307 84 38 12 4 100
3 Llanelli RFC 26 19 0 7 869 486 383 101 60 11 4 91
4 Aberavon RFC 26 17 0 9 804 633 171 90 63 11 4 83
5 Swansea RFC 26 12 1 13 761 470 91 101 81 15 6 72
6 Cross Keys RFC 26 13 1 12 635 543 92 62 56 6 8 68
7 Newport RFC 26 14 1 11 620 657 -37 71 77 6 2 66
8 Tonmawr RFC 26 12 2 12 614 651 -37 65 63 8 5 65
9 Cardiff RFC 26 10 2 14 611 613 -2 65 60 7 8 59
10 Bedwas RFC 26 11 0 15 532 665 -133 52 77 4 6 54
11 Carmarthen Quins RFC 26 9 0 17 518 710 -192 55 79 4 3 43
12 Pontypool RFC 26 7 1 18 584 718 -134 57 78 3 5 38
13 Llandovery RFC 26 6 1 19 511 734 -223 57 88 4 7 37
14 Glamorgan Wanderers RFC 26 3 0 23 489 1067 -578 55 146 5 4 21
Correct as of 2011-05-07


2009-10 Season[edit]

2009-10 Teams[edit]

Details: 2009-10 Principality Premiership

Locations of Premier League teams (2009-10) with colour marker showing which region they belong to

2009-10 Table[edit]

KEY
Champions
Qualified for Play-Offs
Relegated
Team Pld W D L PF PA PD TF TA Try bonus Losing bonus Points
1 Neath RFC 26 21 0 5 927 532 395 125 53 18 2 104
2 Swansea RFC 26 19 1 6 780 527 253 101 60 15 3 96
3 Newport RFC 26 18 0 8 685 470 215 81 47 9 5 86
4 Pontypridd RFC 26 16 1 9 682 521 161 82 58 11 4 81
5 Aberavon RFC 26 14 4 8 709 617 92 82 70 10 3 77
6 Llanelli RFC 26 14 2 10 663 565 98 76 64 11 6 77
7 Cardiff RFC 26 15 2 9 612 473 120 66 46 7 4 75
8 Llandovery RFC 26 12 1 13 636 621 15 71 68 6 4 60
9 Carmarthen Quins RFC 26 11 0 15 515 562 −47 52 61 3 5 52
10 Cross Keys RFC 26 9 1 16 502 550 −48 49 49 2 7 47
11 Bedwas RFC 26 8 0 18 516 792 −276 53 100 5 7 44
12 Glamorgan Wanderers RFC 26 7 0 19 461 657 −196 47 88 2 10 40
13 Pontypool RFC 26 7 0 19 464 891 −427 52 113 5 3 36
14 Ebbw Vale RFC 26 5 0 21 312 687 −375 23 82 1 7 28
Correct as of 2010-04-21


2008-09 Season[edit]

2008-09 Teams[edit]

Details: 2008-09 Principality Premiership

2008-09 Table[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA TF TA Try bonus Losing bonus Points
1 Cardiff RFC 26 20 0 6 681 509 80 50 10 3 93
2 Newport RFC 26 18 0 8 746 424 84 42 13 5 90
3 Aberavon RFC 26 17 0 9 691 481 80 53 12 4 84
4 Llanelli RFC 26 17 0 9 614 525 65 57 5 5 78
5 Pontypridd RFC 26 16 2 8 611 467 76 51 6 3 77
6 Neath RFC 26 15 1 10 634 498 76 47 7 7 76
7 Glamorgan Wanderers 26 13 1 12 496 565 52 59 6 3 63
8 Swansea RFC 26 10 2 14 617 576 69 65 6 8 58
9 Cross Keys RFC 26 9 1 16 476 679 53 77 2 6 46
10 Ebbw Vale RFC 26 8 3 15 397 543 41 61 1 5 44
11 Bedwas RFC 26 8 1 17 476 622 53 74 2 6 42
12 Llandovery RFC 26 8 1 17 389 547 35 66 0 8 42
13 Pontypool RFC 26 9 0 17 475 674 48 81 2 3 41
14 Bridgend Ravens 26 7 2 17 454 647 47 75 1 8 41
Correct as of 2009-05-10


2007-08 Season[edit]

2007-08 Teams[edit]

2007-08 Table[edit]

2007-2008 Principality Welsh Premiership League Table
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points difference Bonus Points Points
Neath RFC 26 19 1 6 697 381 +316 15 93
Cardiff RFC 26 18 1 7 544 449 +95 6 80
Pontypridd RFC 26 16 1 9 523 411 +112 11 77
Swansea RFC 26 16 2 8 547 487 +60 8 76
Ebbw Vale RFC 26 15 2 9 499 430 +69 10 74
Aberavon RFC 26 15 1 10 591 571 +20 10 72
Newport RFC 26 12 0 14 441 462 −21 12 60
Bedwas RFC 26 11 2 13 499 474 +25 12 60
Llanelli RFC 26 10 4 12 527 468 +59 12 60
Glamorgan Wanderers RFC 26 10 2 14 439 451 −12 11 55
Cross Keys RFC 26 10 1 15 430 475 −45 9 51
Bridgend Ravens 26 9 1 16 397 515 −118 9 47
Llandovery RFC 26 7 0 19 384 684 −300 5 33
Maesteg RFC 26 4 2 20 415 674 −259 6 26
Correct as of 2008-05-18


2006-07 Season[edit]

2006-07 Teams[edit]

2006-07 Table[edit]

2006-07 Principality Welsh Premiership League Table
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points difference Points
Neath RFC 26 17 2 7 704 473 +231 53
Ebbw Vale RFC 26 16 3 7 557 503 +54 51
Newport RFC 26 16 2 8 619 480 +139 50
Pontypridd RFC 26 16 1 9 543 504 +39 49
Llanelli RFC 26 12 2 12 629 509 +120 38
Glamorgan Wanderers RFC 26 12 2 12 577 602 -25 38
Aberavon RFC 26 12 2 12 603 615 -12 38
Cardiff RFC 26 12 1 13 601 580 +21 37
Swansea RFC 26 12 0 14 487 611 -124 36
Bedwas RFC 26 11 1 14 446 524 -78 34
Bridgend Ravens 26 11 0 15 461 508 -47 33
Maesteg RFC 26 10 0 16 531 596 -65 30
Cross Keys RFC 26 9 2 15 485 528 -43 29
Llandovery RFC 26 7 0 19 482 692 -210 21
Correct as of 2007-04-18


2005-06 Season[edit]

2005-06 Teams[edit]

2005-06 Table[edit]

2003-04 Principality Welsh Premiership League Table
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points difference Points
Neath RFC 30 28 0 2 1070 421 +649 84
Bridgend Ravens 30 23 0 7 709 587 +122 69
Pontypridd RFC 30 21 0 9 788 560 +228 63
Aberavon RFC 30 19 0 11 748 596 +152 57
Newport RFC 30 19 0 11 623 610 +13 57
Llanelli RFC 30 18 0 12 589 599 -10 54
Swansea RFC 30 16 1 14 849 713 +136 48
Bedwas RFC 30 12 2 16 562 702 -140 38
Cross Keys RFC 30 12 2 18 513 608 -95 36
Cardiff RFC 30 11 1 19 646 726 -80 33
Glamorgan Wanderers RFC 30 10 2 18 607 738 -131 32
Ebbw Vale RFC 30 10 1 19 583 686 -103 31
Llandovery RFC 30 10 0 20 597 692 -95 30
Maesteg RFC 30 9 1 20 573 785 -212 28
Carmarthen Quins RFC 30 9 1 20 546 821 -275 28
Pontypool RFC 30 8 3 19 473 632 -159 27
Correct as of 2006-06-10


2004-05 Season[edit]

2004-05 Teams[edit]

2004-05 Table[edit]

2003-04 Principality Welsh Premiership League Table
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points difference Points
Neath RFC 32 27 0 5 1028 401 +627 81
Newport RFC 32 25 0 7 905 526 +379 72
Bridgend Ravens 32 23 0 9 736 475 +261 66
Llanelli RFC 32 20 0 12 784 587 +197 60
Aberavon RFC 32 19 0 13 782 760 +22 57
Cross Keys RFC 32 19 0 13 671 760 -89 57
Carmarthen Quins RFC 32 18 1 13 785 579 +206 55
Cardiff RFC 32 18 0 14 835 569 +266 54
Swansea RFC 32 17 2 13 840 731 +109 53
Pontypridd RFC 32 17 1 14 729 610 +119 52
Ebbw Vale RFC 32 14 0 18 644 819 -175 39
Pontypool RFC 32 12 1 19 635 786 -151 37
Bedwas RFC 32 12 0 20 565 747 -182 36
Llandovery RFC 32 12 0 20 597 873 -276 36
Caerphilly RFC 32 8 0 24 693 945 -252 24
Llanharan RFC 32 4 1 27 548 1054 -506 13
Newbridge RFC 32 4 0 28 539 1183 -644 6
Correct as of 2005-06-10


  • Newport and Bridgend both deducted 3 points for not fulfilling fixtues
    • Newbridge deducted 6 points for not fulfilling fixtures

2003-04 Season[edit]

2003-04 Teams[edit]

2003-04 Table[edit]

2003-04 Principality Welsh Premiership League Table
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points difference Points
Newport RFC 30 27 1 2 1054 550 +504 82
Neath RFC 30 23 1 6 947 557 +390 70
Pontypridd RFC 30 20 2 8 820 641 +179 62
Aberavon RFC 30 17 0 13 774 627 +147 51
Carmarthen Quins RFC 30 16 1 13 674 629 +45 49
Swansea RFC 30 16 0 14 853 710 +143 48
Bridgend Ravens 30 14 1 15 757 767 -10 43
Cross Keys RFC 30 13 0 17 753 777 -24 39
Bedwas RFC 30 12 2 16 644 797 -153 38
Caerphilly RFC 30 11 1 18 658 918 -260 34
Pontypool RFC 30 11 0 18 543 698 -155 34
Cardiff RFC 30 11 0 19 649 797 -148 33
Newbridge RFC 30 10 3 17 585 803 -218 33
Llanelli RFC 30 10 2 18 701 765 -64 32
Llandovery RFC 30 10 2 18 681 787 -106 32
Ebbw Vale RFC 30 10 1 19 554 822 -268 31
Correct as of 2004-06-10


Past Premier Division winners[edit]

Premier Division champions by season[edit]

Season Champions
1990-91 Neath
1991-92 Swansea
1992-93 Llanelli
1993-94 Swansea
1994-95 Cardiff
1995-96 Neath
1996-97 Pontypridd
1997-98 Swansea
1998-99 Llanelli
1999-2000 Cardiff
2000-01 Swansea
2001-02 Llanelli
2002-03 Bridgend
2003-04 Newport
2004-05 Neath
2005-06
2006-07
2007-08
2008-09 Cardiff
2009-10 Neath
2010-11 Llanelli
2011-12 Pontypridd
2012-13
2013-14
2014-15

Premier Division Wins by Club[edit]

Rank Club Titles Years
1 Neath 7 1991, 1996, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010
2 Llanelli 4 1993, 1999, 2002, 2011
= Pontypridd 4 1997, 2012, 2013, 2014
= Swansea 4 1992, 1994, 1998, 2001
3 Cardiff 3 1995, 2000, 2009
4 Bridgend 1 2003
= Newport 1 2004

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]