IRFU Interprovincial Championship

The IRFU Interprovincial Championship was an Irish Rugby Football Union competition run between the four provinces of Ireland - Ulster, Leinster, Munster and Connacht. The Irish Exiles took part for four years (1992–93 – 1995–96). The competition was run as a distinct competition from 1946–47 to 2000–01. [1][2][3] with the 2001–02 fixtures being fulfilled by the match-ups in the newly formed Celtic League.[4]

In addition to the official years of the competition, the unofficial Interpro records have been taken from the regular season matches between the provinces in the Celtic League or the Pro12 / Pro14 League. In recent years, the IRFU started a similar championship for 'A' squads, but these are not included here.

Roll of honourEdit

Team Official wins Unofficial wins Total wins Years
Leinster
22
9
31
1949, 1950, 1955*, 1957*, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965*, 1972, 1973*, 1976*, 1978*, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983*, 1984, 1994*, 1996, 1998, 2002,[5] 2005, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2019*
Ulster
26
4
30
1947, 1951, 1952, 1954, 1956*, 1957*, 1967*, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1976*, 1977, 1978*, 1983*, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988*, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994*, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2013
Munster
22
4
26
1948, 1953, 1955, 1958, 1960, 1963, 1966, 1967*, 1969, 1973*, 1974, 1976*, 1978*, 1979, 1983*, 1988*, 1994*, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2007, 2015, 2017, 2019*
Connacht
3
0
3
1956*, 1957*, 1965*
  • asterisk denotes that the title was shared. Points difference was never used in the official tournament.
  • There were not a full set of matches to complete the competition in 2002–03.
  • The rules for deciding placing used for the Celtic League/Magners League/Pro12 for that season were used to decide the placings in the interpro table.

2018–19 season (Shared, Munster & Leinster)Edit

assumes four points for a win, two for a draw. The use of bonus points only commenced in 1998–99.

This is a simple count of the annual league placings, regardless of whether the top two or top three were considered joint winners. The "Total" column awards points where 1st = 5 points, 2nd = 4 points etc.

Tables by yearEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "arch_history_116". Irishrugby.ie. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  2. ^ "arch_history_117". Irishrugby.ie. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  3. ^ "arch_history_118". Irishrugby.ie. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Interpro series to be cut back". Irishtimes.com. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Leinster add to trophy haul". Irishtimes.com. Retrieved 9 August 2017.