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Wales - National championship

Overview Honours Roll Team appearances Related trophies Sources Current Season

Overview

In 1990/91 Wales and Ireland were the last of the Home Nations to organize a domestic league.
Before the birth of the league clubs played friendly matches and newspaper calculated an unofficial table to crown as unofficial welsh champion the team with the best wins percentage.
In 1999/00 WRU and SRU joined their efforts to create a Welsh-Scottish League with 2 professional scottish side (Edinburgh and Glasgow) joining welsh premiership.
After 3 years, this led to the birth of Celtic League with the partecipation of welsh, scottish and irish teams.
Until the regionalization of welsh rugby, Premiership clubs played Heineken Cup, Challenge Cup and Celtic League. After that they were replaced by the 4 professional franchises.
Since 2009 the best welsh clubs play British & Irish Cup

The league pyramid

The last reform of the league pyramid was in 2016. Since 2016/17 season the league structure is the following:

Level 1 Premiership
16 teams - no relegation
Level 2 Championship
12 teams - no promotion and 2 relegations
Level 3 Division 1 East
12 teams - 1 qualification for promotion finals and 2 relegations
Division 1 East Central
12 teams - 1 qualification for promotion finals and 2 relegations
Division 1 West Central
12 teams - 1 qualification for promotion finals and 2 relegations
Division 1 West
12 teams - 1 qualification for promotion finals and 2 relegations
Level 4 Division 2 East
12 teams - 2 promotions and 2 relegations
Division 2 East Central
12 teams - 2 promotions and 2 relegations
Division 2 West Central
12 teams - 2 promotions and 2 relegations
Division 2 West
12 teams - 2 promotions and 2 relegations
Level 5 Division 3 East
46 teams divided into 4 groups
2 promotions after promotion finals
Division 3 East Central
35 teams divided into 3 groups
2 promotions after promotion finals
Division 3 West Central
31 teams divided into 3 groups
2 promotions after promotion finals
Division 3 West
31 teams divided into 3 groups
2 promotions after promotion finals


The northern part of Wales is represented in the pyramid by the RGC 1404 franchise, but it has an own pyramid with 3 levels disconnetted from the main one.



Team appearances

Premiership Championship
TeamTeam
appearances
First
appearance
Last
appearance
Llanelli 28 1990/91 2017/18
Neath 28 1990/91 2017/18
Pontypridd 28 1990/91 2017/18
Cardiff Rugby 27 1990/91 2017/18
Newport 27 1991/92 2017/18
Bridgend Ravens 26 1990/91 2017/18
Swansea 25 1990/91 2017/18
Aberavon 19 1992/93 2017/18
Ebbw Vale 19 1995/96 2017/18
Cross Keys 17 1993/94 2017/18
Bedwas 15 2003/04 2017/18
Llandovery 15 2003/04 2017/18
Carmarthen Quins 12 2003/04 2017/18
Pontypool 12 1990/91 2011/12
Newbridge 9 1990/91 2004/05
Caerphilly 8 1996/97 2004/05
Glamorgan Wanderers 7 1990/91 2010/11
Maesteg 5 1991/92 2007/08
Dunvant 4 1993/94 1999/00
Abertillery 3 1990/91 1995/96
Edinburgh Rugby 3 1999/00 2001/02
Glasgow Warriors 3 1999/00 2001/02
Treorchy 3 1994/95 1996/97
Bargoed 2 2016/17 2017/18
Merthyr 2 2016/17 2017/18
RGC 1404 2 2016/17 2017/18
Tonmawr 2 2010/11 2011/12
Llanharan 1 2004/05 2004/05
SW Police 1 1992/93 1992/93
TeamTeam appearancesFirst
appearance
Last
appearance
Cardiff Met 6 2012/13 2017/18
Narberth 6 2012/13 2017/18
Newbridge 6 2012/13 2017/18
Pontypool 6 2012/13 2017/18
Tata Steel 6 2012/13 2017/18
Beddau 5 2012/13 2017/18
Bargoed 4 2012/13 2015/16
Bridgend Athletic 4 2012/13 2015/16
Glynneath 4 2014/15 2017/18
Llanharan 4 2012/13 2015/16
Blackwood 3 2012/13 2014/15
Newcastle Emlyn 3 2015/16 2017/18
RGC 1404 3 2013/14 2015/16
Bedlinog 2 2016/17 2017/18
Bonymaen 2 2012/13 2013/14
Ebbw Vale 2 2012/13 2013/14
Glamorgan Wanderers 2 2012/13 2016/17
Merthyr 2 2014/15 2015/16
Skewen 2 2016/17 2017/18
Swansea 2 2014/15 2015/16
Tondu 2 2013/14 2014/15
Dunvant 1 2016/17 2016/17
Rhydyfelin 1 2017/18 2017/18
Trebanos 1 2017/18 2017/18
Whitland 1 2012/13 2012/13

Related trophies

Unofficial Welsh Championship
Season:WinnersRunners upFormatResult
1989/90Neath (10) Round Robin 
1988/89Neath (9) Round Robin 
1987/88Pontypool (10) Round Robin 
1986/87Neath (8) Round Robin 
1985/86Pontypool (9) Round Robin 
1984/85Pontypool (8) Round Robin 
1983/84Pontypool (7) Round Robin 
1982/83Swansea (9) Round Robin 
1981/82Cardiff Rugby (10) Round Robin 
1980/81Bridgend (5) Round Robin 
1979/80Swansea (8) Round Robin 
1978/79Pontypridd (4) Round Robin 
1977/78Pontypridd (3) Round Robin 
1976/77Llanelli Scarlets (7) Round Robin 
1975/76Pontypridd (2) Round Robin 
1974/75Pontypool (6) Round Robin 
1973/74Llanelli Scarlets (6) Round Robin 
1972/73Pontypool (5) Round Robin 
1971/72London Welsh (1) Round Robin 
1970/71Bridgend (4) Round Robin 
1969/70Bridgend (3) Round Robin 
1968/69Newport (11) Round Robin 
1967/68Llanelli Scarlets (5) Round Robin 
1966/67Neath (7) Round Robin 
1965/66Bridgend (2) Round Robin 
1964/65Newport (10) Round Robin 
1963/64Bridgend (1) Round Robin 
1962/63Pontypridd (1) Round Robin 
1961/62Newport (9) Round Robin 
1960/61Aberavon (5) Round Robin 
1959/60Ebbw Vale (4) Round Robin 
1958/59Pontypool (4) Round Robin 
1957/58Cardiff Rugby (9) Round Robin 
1956/57Ebbw Vale (3) Round Robin 
1955/56Newport (8) Round Robin 
1954/55Cardiff Rugby (8) Round Robin 
1953/54Ebbw Vale (2) Round Robin 
1952/53Cardiff Rugby (7) Round Robin 
1951/52Ebbw Vale (1) Round Robin 
1950/51Newport (7) Round Robin 
1949/50Maesteg (1) Round Robin 
1948/49Cardiff Rugby (6) Round Robin 
1947/48Cardiff Rugby (5) Round Robin 
1946/47Neath (6) Round Robin 
1938/39Cardiff Rugby (4) Round Robin 
1937/38Cardiff Rugby (3) Round Robin 
1936/37Cardiff Rugby (2) Round Robin 
1935/36Cross Keys (2) Round Robin 
1934/35Neath (5) Round Robin 
1933/34Neath (4) Round Robin 
1932/33Llanelli Scarlets (4) Round Robin 
1931/32Pontypool (3) Round Robin 
1930/31Abertillery (1) Round Robin 
1929/30Llanelli Scarlets (3) Round Robin 
1928/29Neath (3) Round Robin 
1927/28Llanelli Scarlets (2) Round Robin 
1926/27Aberavon (4) Round Robin 
1925/26Aberavon (3) Round Robin 
1924/25Aberavon (2) Round Robin 
1923/24Aberavon (1) Round Robin 
1922/23Newport (6) Round Robin 
1921/22Cross Keys (1) Round Robin 
1920/21Pontypool (2) Round Robin 
1919/20Newport (5) Round Robin 
1913/14Pontypool (1) Round Robin 
1912/13Swansea (7) Round Robin 
1911/12Newport (4) Round Robin 
1910/11Neath (2) Round Robin 
1909/10Neath (1) Round Robin 
1908/09??? Round Robin 
1907/08??? Round Robin 
1906/07??? Round Robin 
1905/06Cardiff Rugby (1) Round Robin 
1904/05Swansea (6) Round Robin 
1903/04Swansea (5) Round Robin 
1902/03Newport (3) Round Robin 
1901/02Swansea (4) Round Robin 
1900/01Swansea (3) Round Robin 
1899/00Swansea (2) Round Robin 
1898/99Swansea (1) Round Robin 
1897/98??? Round Robin 
1896/97Llanelli Scarlets (1) Round Robin 
1895/96Newport (2) Round Robin 
1894/95Newport (1) Round Robin 
WRU Championship
Season:WinnersRunners upFormatResult
2017/18Pontypool (2)NarberthRound Robin 
2016/17Pontypool (1)NarberthRound Robin 
2015/16Merthyr (1)SwanseaRound Robin 
2014/15Bargoed (1)SwanseaRound Robin 
2013/14Ebbw Vale (2)Cardiff MetRound Robin 
2012/13Ebbw Vale (1)BargoedRound Robin 
TeamTitlesRunners up
Ebbw Vale20
Pontypool20
Bargoed11
Merthyr10
Swansea02
Narberth02
Cardiff Met01


Sources

www.bbc.com - BBC site
www.wru.co.uk - WRU official site
www.allwalessport.co.uk/rugby-union.aspx - Site about welsh rugby
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rugby_union_in_Wales - Wikipedia pages about welsh rugby
Every site was scanned using also web.archive.org
Many results were found on the official sites of Premiership and Championship clubs and on Rothmans Rugby Union Yearbook of various years.