2019–20 WRU Championship

The 2019–20 WRU Championship was the eighth season of the WRU Championship, the second tier of club rugby in Wales run by the Welsh Rugby Union. The league expanded to 14 teams from 12 seasons for the previous three seasons.

2019–20 WRU National Championship
Countries Wales
Date7 September 2019 – 14 March 2020 (cancelled)
ChampionsNONE
RelegatedNONE
Matches played115 (out of a scheduled 182)

The season was cancelled on 20 March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom.[1]

StructureEdit

Each team in the Championship will play each other twice on a home and away basis for a total of 26 matches played each. The team with the most points at the end of the season will be declared the winners. The winning club will be promoted to the 2020-21 WRU Premiership, provided they meet the "A" License criteria. At the end of the season, the bottom four clubs will be relegated.

TeamsEdit

At the end of last season, Bedlinog, Newcastle Emlyn, Newbridge and Rhydyfelin were all relegated to Division 1 (specific league based on geographic location). The winners of each Division 1 entered into play-offs to decide the remaining two places. The winners of the two Eastern divisions faced each other as did the winners of the two Western divisions. The winners were East Central champions Glamorgan Wanderers and West Central champions Ystalyfera who beat Brecon and Felinfoel respectively. Joining these teams are the four clubs relegated from last season's Premiership. These clubs are Bedwas, Cross Keys, Bargoed and Neath.

Promotion Play-offsEdit

11 May 2018
14:30
Brecon 28 – 23 Glamorgan Wanderers
Parc de Pugh
7 May 2018
19:00
Ystalyfera 34 – 28 Felinfoel
Ynysydarren Park

18 May 2018
14:30
Glamorgan Wanderers 34 – 12 Brecon
Ely Memorial Ground

Glamorgan Wanderers won 57–40 on aggregate.

12 May 2018
15:00
Felinfoel 20 – 30 Ystalyfera
St George Field

Ystalyfera won 64–48 on aggregate.

Locations of the 2018–19 WRU Championship teams with colour markers to represent the region they belong to:

Orange = Newport Gwent Dragons
Blue = Cardiff Blues
Black = Ospreys

Red = Scarlets
Club Stadium Capacity Area
Bargoed Bargoed Park 1,500 Bargoed, Caerphilly
Beddau Mount Pleasant Park unknown Beddau, Rhondda Cynon Taf
Bedwas Bridge Field 2,000 Bedwas, Caerphilly
Cardiff Metropolitan University Cyncoed Campus 1,620 Cyncoed, Cardiff
Cross Keys Pandy Park 3,000 Crosskeys, Caerphilly
Glamorgan Wanderers Memorial Ground 3,000 Ely, Cardiff
Maesteg Quins South Parade Playing Fields unknown Maesteg, Bridgend County Borough
Narberth Lewis Lloyd Ground unknown Narberth, Pembrokeshire
Neath The Gnoll 6,000 Neath, Neath Port Talbot
Pontypool Pontypool Park 8,800 Pontypool, Torfaen
Tata Steel Tata Sports and Social Club unknown Port Talbot, Neath Port Talbot
Trebanos Trebanos Park unknown Trebanos, Neath Port Talbot
Ystalyfera Ynysdarren Park unknown Ystalyfera, Neath Port Talbot
Ystrad Rhondda Gelligaled Park unknown Ystrad, Rhondda Cynon Taf

StandingsEdit

2019–20 WRU Championship Table
Team Played Won Drawn Lost PF PA PD TF TA TBP LBP Total Points
1 Pontypool 16 16 0 0 746 136 610 112 18 14 0 78
2 Bargoed 16 14 1 1 663 148 515 96 16 14 1 73
3 Bedwas 17 13 0 4 477 236 241 65 29 10 3 65
4 Cardiff Metropolitan University 18 13 1 4 528 393 135 75 56 9 0 63
5 Neath 17 8 0 9 344 413 -69 44 55 5 4 41
6 Narberth 16 8 1 7 339 335 4 40 47 4 1 39
7 Cross Keys 17 8 0 9 316 395 -79 39 51 3 3 38
8 Glamorgan Wanderers 16 8 0 8 233 340 -107 24 43 1 2 35
9 Maesteg Quins 16 8 0 8 235 370 -135 25 44 2 0 34
10 Ystrad Rhondda 16 6 0 10 270 350 -80 31 41 3 4 31
11 Beddau 16 4 0 12 220 505 -285 29 75 2 1 19
12 Trebanos 16 2 2 12 175 336 -161 21 45 0 6 18
13 Tata Steel 16 2 1 13 232 521 -289 29 68 1 4 15
14 Ystalyfera 17 2 0 15 204 504 -300 23 65 0 5 13
  • If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:
  1. Number of matches won
  2. Number of tries scored
  3. Ratio between points for:points against

Updated: 14 March 2020
Source: "WRU Championship". allwalessport.

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