Welsh rugby union system

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The top level of competition in the Welsh rugby union system is the RaboDirect Pro12 (historically the Celtic League) which is a league of professional teams from Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Italy. Wales currently has four entries in Pro12: Cardiff Blues, Newport Gwent Dragons, Ospreys and Scarlets.

Pro12[edit]

This is a closed league with no promotion or relegation; teams are effectively franchises. The teams also compete in the Heineken Cup, the Amlin Challenge Cup and the LV= Cup.

2014-15 league system[edit]

Level

League(s)/Division(s)

1

Welsh Premier Division
12 clubs – 3 relegations

2

Welsh Championship
14 clubs – 3 promotions, 3 relegations

3

WRU League 1 East
12 clubs – 2 promotions, 4 relegations

WRU League 1 North
12 clubs – 2 promotions, 4 relegations

WRU League 1 West
12 clubs – 2 promotions, 4 relegations

4

WRU League 2 East
12 clubs – 2 promotions, 4 relegations

WRU League 2 North
10 clubs – 2 promotions, 4 relegations

WRU League 2 West
12 clubs – 2 promotions, 4 relegations

5

WRU League 1 East Central
12 clubs – 2 promotions, 3 relegations

WRU League 1 West Central
12 clubs – 2 promotions, 3 relegations

6

WRU League 2 East Central
12 clubs – 2 promotions, 3 relegations

WRU League 2 West Central
12 clubs – 2 promotions, 3 relegations

7

WRU League 3 North
10 clubs – 2p, 2r

WRU League 3 East A
12 clubs – 2p, 2r

WRU League 3 East B
12 clubs – 2p, 2r

WRU League 3 East C
12 clubs – 2p, 2r

WRU League 3 East D
11 clubs – 2p, 3r

WRU League 3 East Central A
12 clubs – 2p, 3r

WRU League 3 East Central B
11 clubs – 2p, 2r

WRU League 3 East Central C
12 clubs – 2p, 2r

WRU League 3 West Central A
10 clubs – 2p, 2r

WRU League 3 West Central B
10 clubs – 2p, 2r

WRU League 3 West Central C
11 clubs – 2p, 3r

WRU League 3 West A
11 clubs – 2p, 3r

WRU League 3 West B
10 clubs – 2 p, 3 re

WRU League 3 West C
10 clubs – 2 p, 3 r

2013-14 league system[edit]

Level

League(s)/Division(s)

1

Welsh Premier Division
20 clubs – 3 relegations

2

Welsh Championship
24 clubs – 3 promotions, 3 relegations

3

WRU League 1 East
24 clubs – 2 promotions, 4 relegations

WRU League 1 North
24 clubs – 2 promotions, 4 relegations

WRU League 1 West
24 clubs – 2 promotions, 4 relegations

4

WRU League 2 East
24 clubs – 2 promotions, 4 relegations

WRU League 2 North
24 clubs – 2 promotions, 4 relegations

WRU League 2 West
24 clubs – 2 promotions, 4 relegations

5

WRU League 3 East
22 clubs – 2p, 2r

WRU League 3 North
22 clubs – 2p, 2r

WRU League 3 South East
22 clubs – 2p, 2r

WRU League 3 South West
22 clubs – 2p, 2r

WRU League 3 West
24 clubs – 2p, 3r

6

WRU League 4 East
22 clubs – 2p, 2r

WRU League 4 South East
22 clubs – 2p, 2r

WRU League 4 South West
22 clubs – 2p, 2r

WRU League 4 West
22 clubs – 2p, 2r

7

WRU League 5 East
22 clubs – 2p, 2r

WRU League 5 South Central
22 clubs – 2p, 2r

WRU League 5 South East
22 clubs – 2p, 2r

WRU League 5 South West
22 clubs – 2p, 2r

WRU League 5 West
24 clubs – 2p, 3r

8

WRU League 6 Central
22 clubs – 2p, 2r

League 6 East
22 clubs – 2p, 2r

League 6 South East
22 clubs – 2p, 2r

League 6 West
22 clubs – 2p, 2r

See also[edit]