2009–10 British and Irish Cup

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2009–10 British and Irish Cup
Tournament details
Countries  England
Ireland Ireland
 Scotland
 Wales
Tournament format(s) Round-robin and knockout
Date November 2009 – May 2010
Tournament statistics
Teams 24
Matches played 63
Attendance 103,545 (1,644 per match)
Tries scored 321 (5.1 per match)
Final
Venue Recreation Ground, Camborne
Attendance 4,240
Champions England Cornish Pirates (1st title)
Runner-up Ireland Munster A
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The 2009–10 British and Irish Cup was the first season of the annual rugby union competition for second tier, semi-professional clubs from Britain and Ireland. First round matches began on Friday 20 November 2009 and the final was held on Sunday 16 May 2010.

The first competition was heavily criticised, with one reporter describing it as 'dismal'.[1]

A total of 24 teams from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales competed in the inaugural competition. Cornish Pirates lifted the cup, defeating Munster A 23–14 in the final.

Teams[edit]

The allocation of teams was as follows:

England England Ireland Ireland Scotland Scotland Wales Wales

Competition format[edit]

The teams were divided into four pools of six, playing over five weekends during the Autumn International and Six Nations windows. The four pool winners contested a knock-out stage, with semi-finals on 24 and 25 April and the final on 16 May.[2][3]

Pool stages[edit]

Pool A[edit]

Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TB LB Pts
England Cornish Pirates 5 4 0 1 112 66 46 15 2 1 19
Ireland Leinster A 5 4 0 1 89 65 24 9 1 1 18
Wales Newport 5 3 1 1 81 54 27 10 1 1 16
England Exeter Chiefs 5 2 0 3 82 82 0 12 1 1 10
England Plymouth Albion 5 1 1 3 55 58 -3 5 0 2 8
Scotland Gael Force 5 0 0 5 35 129 -94 6 1 0 1
Points breakdown:
*4 points for a win
*2 points for a draw
*1 bonus point for a loss by seven points or less
*1 bonus point for scoring four or more tries in a match
20 November 2009
19:30
Newport Wales 21 – 14 England Exeter
Stats
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 798

21 November 2009
16:30
Plymouth Albion England 13 – 16 Ireland Leinster A
Stats
Brickfields Stadium
Attendance: 2,208

22 November 2009
14:00
Cornish Pirates England 29 – 8 Scotland Gael Force
Stats
Camborne Recreation Ground
Attendance: 2,370

27 November 2009
16:00
Leinster A Ireland 12 – 10 England Cornish Pirates
Stats
Donnybrook
Attendance: 1,670

27 November 2009
19:30
Newport Wales 3 – 3 England Plymouth Albion
Stats
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 593

28 November 2009
15:00
Exeter England 15 – 0 Scotland Gael Force
Stats
Sandy Park
Attendance: 2,478

12 February 2010
19:30
Newport Wales 27 – 5 Scotland Gael Force
Stats
Rodney Parade
Attendance: 705

13 February 2010
15:00
Exeter England 10 – 22 Ireland Leinster A
Stats
Sandy Park
Attendance: 3,505

13 February 2010
15:00
Plymouth Albion England 9 – 13 England Cornish Pirates
Stats
Brickfields Stadium
Attendance: 2,413

26 February 2010
18:00
Leinster A Ireland 6 – 10 Wales Newport
Stats
Donnybrook
Attendance: 780

26 February 2010
19:00
Gael Force Scotland 0 – 25 England Plymouth Albion
Stats
Bridgehaugh, Stirling
Attendance: 69

28 February 2010
14:00
Cornish Pirates England 34 – 17 England Exeter
Stats
Camborne Recreation Ground
Attendance: 2,564

6 March 2010
15:00
Plymouth Albion England 5 – 26 England Exeter
Stats
Brickfields Stadium
Attendance: 2,766

7 March 2010
15:00
Cornish Pirates England 26 – 20 Wales Newport
Stats
Camborne Recreation Ground
Attendance: 3,650

10 March 2010
19:00
Gael Force Scotland 22 – 33 Ireland Leinster A
Stats
Bridgehaugh, Stirling
Attendance: 300

Pool B[edit]

Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TB LB Pts
Ireland Munster A 5 5 0 0 111 41 70 14 2 0 22
England Bristol 5 4 0 1 122 74 48 14 2 0 18
England Nottingham 5 3 0 2 81 59 22 11 1 1 14
Wales Neath 5 2 0 3 93 98 -5 12 2 1 11
England Coventry 5 1 0 4 126 144 -18 20 2 2 8
Scotland Heriot's FP 5 0 0 5 54 171 -117 7 0 1 1
Points breakdown:
*4 points for a win
*2 points for a draw
*1 bonus point for a loss by seven points or less
*1 bonus point for scoring four or more tries in a match
20 November 2009
19:30
Neath Wales 11 – 18 England Bristol
Stats
The Gnoll
Attendance: 1,500

20 November 2009
19:45
Coventry England 13 – 20 Ireland Munster A
Stats
Butts Park Arena
Attendance: 2,066

21 November 2009
15:00
Heriot's FP Scotland 0 – 5 England Nottingham
Stats
Goldenacre
Attendance: 650

27 November 2009
19:30
Munster A Ireland 18 – 6 England Bristol
Stats
Nenagh RFC
Attendance: 1,200

27 November 2009
19:45
Coventry England 57 – 12 Scotland Heriot's FP
Stats
Butts Park Arena
Attendance: 806

29 November 2009
15:00
Nottingham England 14 – 3 Wales Neath
Stats
Meadow Lane
Attendance: 2,087

12 February 2010
19:00
Munster A Ireland 18 – 3 England Nottingham
Stats
Waterford RSC
Attendance: 3,500

13 February 2010
14:00
Bristol England 40 – 15 England Coventry
Stats
Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 2,461

14 February 2010
14:00
Heriot's FP Scotland 21 – 38 Wales Neath
Stats
Goldenacre
Attendance: 500

27 February 2010
14:00
Neath Wales 12 – 21 Ireland Munster A
Stats
The Gnoll
Attendance: 1,250

28 February 2010
14:00
Bristol England 37 – 14 Scotland Heriot's FP
Stats
Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 2,521

28 February 2010
15:00
Nottingham England 43 – 17 England Coventry
Stats
Meadow Lane
Attendance: 1,263

6 March 2010
14:00
Neath Wales 29 – 24 England Coventry
Stats
The Gnoll
Attendance: 1,000

7 March 2010
15:00
Nottingham England 16 – 21 England Bristol
Stats
Meadow Lane
Attendance: 1,046

12 March 2010
19:30
Munster A Ireland 34 – 7 Scotland Heriot's FP
Stats

Pool C[edit]

Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TB LB Pts
Ireland Ulster Ravens 5 4 1 0 165 62 103 22 3 0 21
England London Welsh 5 4 0 1 137 78 59 18 3 1 20
England Bedford Blues 5 3 0 2 92 94 -2 11 1 0 13
Wales Aberavon 5 2 0 3 51 131 -80 4 0 1 9
Wales Llanelli 5 1 1 3 106 117 -11 11 1 1 8
England Moseley 5 0 0 5 69 138 -69 10 1 0 1
Points breakdown:
*4 points for a win
*2 points for a draw
*1 bonus point for a loss by seven points or less
*1 bonus point for scoring four or more tries in a match
20 November 2009
19:15
Llanelli Wales 16 – 19 Wales Aberavon
Stats
Parc y Scarlets
Attendance: 600

20 November 2009
19:30
Moseley England 27 – 38 England London Welsh
Stats
Billesley Common
Attendance: 563

20 November 2009
19:30
Ulster Ravens Ireland 29 – 3 England Bedford Blues
Stats
Ravenhill
Attendance: 1,132

27 November 2009
19:15
Aberavon Wales 7 – 36 England London Welsh
Stats
Talbot Athletic Ground
Attendance: 712

27 November 2009
19:30
Moseley England 21 – 32 Ireland Ulster Ravens
Stats
Billesley Common
Attendance: 750

28 November 2009
15:00
Bedford Blues England 36 – 24 Wales Llanelli
Stats
Goldington Road
Attendance: 2,553

12 February 2010
19:15
Llanelli Wales 21 – 21 Ireland Ulster Ravens
Stats
Parc y Scarlets
Attendance: 500

13 February 2010
14:00
London Welsh England 26 – 13 England Bedford Blues
Stats
Old Deer Park
Attendance: 810

23 February 2010
19:30
Aberavon Wales 10 – 0 England Moseley
Stats
Talbot Athletic Ground
Attendance: 362

26 February 2010
19:30
Ulster Ravens Ireland 21 – 17 England London Welsh
Stats
Ravenhill
Attendance: 739

27 February 2010
14:00
Bedford Blues England 17 – 15 Wales Aberavon
Stats
Goldington Road
Attendance: 1,230

27 February 2010
14:30
Llanelli Wales 35 – 21 England Moseley
Stats
Parc y Scarlets
Attendance: 580

5 March 2010
19:30
Moseley England 0 – 23 England Bedford Blues
Stats
Billesley Common
Attendance: 520

6 March 2010
14:00
London Welsh England 20 – 10 Wales Llanelli
Stats
Old Deer Park
Attendance: 1,650

12 March 2010
19:30
Ulster Ravens Ireland 62 – 0 Wales Aberavon
Stats
Ravenhill
Attendance: 793

Pool D[edit]

Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TB LB Pts
England Doncaster 5 5 0 0 163 58 105 22 5 0 25
Wales Cardiff 5 4 0 1 147 124 23 20 3 0 19
England Rotherham 5 2 0 3 147 127 20 19 3 1 12
Scotland Ayr 5 2 0 3 132 111 21 14 1 2 11
Wales Pontypridd 5 2 0 3 99 124 -25 12 1 1 10
England Birmingham & Solihull 5 0 0 5 76 220 -144 9 0 1 1
Points breakdown:
*4 points for a win
*2 points for a draw
*1 bonus point for a loss by seven points or less
*1 bonus point for scoring four or more tries in a match
20 November 2009
19:15
Pontypridd Wales 16 – 22 Wales Cardiff
Stats
Sardis Road
Attendance: 921

21 November 2009
14:00
Rotherham England 52 – 10 England Birmingham & Solihull
Stats
Clifton Lane
Attendance: 876

22 November 2009
14:00
Doncaster England 32 – 7 Scotland Ayr
Stats
Castle Park
Attendance: 1,496

27 November 2009
20:00
Ayr Scotland 28 – 13 England Rotherham
Stats
Millbrae
Attendance: 1,370

28 November 2009
14:00
Birmingham & Solihull England 20 – 51 Wales Cardiff
Stats
Sharmans Cross Road
Attendance: 377

13 February 2010
14:00
Rotherham England 33 – 23 Wales Pontypridd
Stats
Clifton Lane
Attendance: 789

13 February 2010
16:00
Ayr Scotland 49 – 14 England Birmingham & Solihull
Stats
Millbrae
Attendance: 780

14 February 2010
15:00
Doncaster England 34 – 10 Wales Cardiff
Stats
Castle Park
Attendance: 1,124

27 February 2010
14:00
Cardiff Wales 34 – 27 England Rotherham
Stats

27 February 2010
14:00
Doncaster England 41 – 8 England Birmingham & Solihull
Stats
Castle Park
Attendance: 783

27 February 2010
15:00
Ayr Scotland 21 – 22 Wales Pontypridd
Stats
Millbrae
Attendance: 1,290

3 March 2010
19:30
Pontypridd Wales 11 – 24 England Doncaster
Stats

6 March 2010
14:00
Rotherham England 22 – 32 England Doncaster
Stats
Clifton Lane
Attendance: 1,427


6 March 2010
14:30
Cardiff Wales 30 – 27 Scotland Ayr
Stats

Knock-out stages[edit]

Qualifiers[edit]

The four pool winners proceeded to the knock out stages.

Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TB LB Pts
Pool D Winner England Doncaster 5 5 0 0 163 58 105 22 5 0 25
Pool B Winner Ireland Munster A 5 5 0 0 111 41 70 14 2 0 22
Pool C Winner Ireland Ulster Ravens 5 4 1 0 165 62 103 22 3 0 21
Pool A Winner England Cornish Pirates 5 4 0 1 112 66 46 15 2 1 19
Semi-finals Final
25 April 2010 - Camborne
  England Cornish Pirates 43  
  England Doncaster 5  
 
16 May 2010 - Camborne
      England Cornish Pirates 23
    Ireland Munster A 14
24 April 2010 - Thomond Park
  Ireland Munster A 27
  Ireland Ulster Ravens 3  

Semi-finals[edit]

24 April 2010
15:30
Munster A Ireland 27 – 3 Ireland Ulster Ravens
Try: J Manning (2), D Williams, S Archer
Con: D Cusack (2/4)
Pen: D Cusack (1)
Report
Stats
Pen: J McKinney (1)
Thomond Park, Limerick
Attendance: 24,112

25 April 2010
15:00
Cornish Pirates England 43 – 5 England Doncaster
Try: Davies, Bentley, Morgan, Cattle, Jackson, McGlone
Con: Bently (5/6)
Pen: Bently
Report Try: Armitage
Recreation Ground, Camborne
Attendance: 2,327
Referee: Llyr Ap Geraint Roberts

Final[edit]

16 May 2010
18:00
Cornish Pirates England 23 – 14 Ireland Munster A
Try: Winn, McAtee
Con: Bentley (2/2)
Pen: Bentley (3)
Report
Stats
Try: Barnes
Pen: Cusack (3)
Recreation Ground, Camborne
Attendance: 4,240
Referee: Wales Leighton Hodges

Geography[edit]

Team Stadium Capacity City/Area/Country
Wales Aberavon Talbot Athletic Ground 3,000 Aberavon, Neath Port Talbot, Wales
Scotland Ayr Millbrae Unknown Alloway, South Ayrshire, Scotland
England Bedford Blues Goldington Road 4,684 Bedford, Bedfordshire, England
England Birmingham & Solihull Sharmans Cross Road 3,500 Solihull, West Midlands, England
England Bristol Memorial Stadium 12,100 Bristol, England
Wales Cardiff Cardiff Arms Park 13,500 Cardiff, Wales
England Cornish Pirates Recreation Ground 9,000 Camborne, Cornwall, England
England Coventry Butts Park Arena 4,000 Coventry, West Midlands, England
England Doncaster Castle Park 3,075 Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England
England Exeter Chiefs Sandy Park 7,300 (10,744 by the end of the season) Exeter, Devon, England
Scotland Gael Force Bridgehaugh 4,000 Stirling, Scotland
Scotland Heriot's FP Goldenacre Unknown Edinburgh, Scotland
Ireland Leinster A Donnybrook 7,000 Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
Wales Llanelli Parc y Scarlets 14,870 Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, Wales
England London Welsh Old Deer Park 5,850 London, England
England Moseley Billesley Common 3,000+ (650 seated) Birmingham, West Midlands, England
Ireland Munster A Musgrave Park 8,300 Cork, County Cork, Ireland
Wales Neath The Gnoll 7,500 Neath, Neath Port Talbot, Wales
Wales Newport Rodney Parade 10,500 Newport, Wales
England Nottingham Meadow Lane 19,588 Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England
England Plymouth Albion The Brickfields 6,500 Plymouth, Devon, England
Wales Pontypridd Sardis Road 7,861 Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales
England Rotherham Clifton Lane 2,500 Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England
Ireland Ulster Ravens Ravenhill Stadium 12,125 Belfast, Ulster, Northern Ireland

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brian Dick (25 February 2010). "Taxing times for clubs struggling in rugby's Championship". Birmingham Post. Retrieved 3 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "New British & Irish Cup announced". RTÉ Sport. 6 May 2009. Archived from the original on 9 May 2009. Retrieved 7 May 2009. 
  3. ^ "Home unions devise British & Irish Cup". The Daily Telegraph. 6 May 2009. Retrieved 7 May 2009. 

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