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Rugby Premier League

Professional Rugby League (Russian: Профессиональная регбийная лига) is the premier rugby union competition in Russia. The Professional League was re-formed in 2005 after the previous Superleague. The Superleague, in turn, was active from 1992 to 2004 and succeeded the Soviet Championship.

Rugby Premier League
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2019 Russian Professional Rugby League season
Rugby Premier League logo.png
FormerlyRussian Superleague
SportRugby union
Founded1992; 27 years ago (1992)
2005; 14 years ago (2005) (re-formed)
Inaugural season1992
Owner(s)Russian Rugby Union
No. of teams8
Most recent
Enisei-STM (9th title)
Most titlesVVA Saracens 17 titles)
TV partner(s)Live streams on
International cup(s)European Rugby Challenge Cup
European Rugby Continental Shield

In the 2014-2015 season, Russia was represented by Enisei-STM in the Challenge Cup after defeating Romanian outfit CSM Baia Mare 63-32 on aggregate, with great success, being the only team from the newly found European Rugby Continental Shield to defeat two teams from Tier One nations, Brive and Newcastle Falcons respectively. But that did not stop there, for the 2015-2016 season of Challenge Cup Enisei-STM qualified into the competition by passing Rovigo quite comfortably 70-5 on aggregate, only for them to then defeat Worcester Warriors and Newport Gwent Dragons 19-12 and 38-18 respectively. Eventually Enisei-STM earned their right to play once more due to their qualification in the Challenge Cup while rivals Krasny Yar won the league and also participated in the European Rugby Continental Shield, where they defeated a fierce Timișoara Saracens 39-35 on aggregate in the play-offs after their success in their qualifying pool. This performance would make it a full Russian final between the two teams of Krasnoyarsk on the 13th of May 2017 at Murrayfield Complex in Edinburgh. The final score was 36-8 to the Enisei-STM side who then lost all their games this time receiving close shaves against Newport Gwent Dragons 21-28 at home and to Bordeaux with the score 36-27 away . Unfortunately for the one of the Russian sides, they 2018-2019 season in Europe was going to end per-maturely as Krasny Yar drawed with Enisei-STM in the play-offs and lost 74-38 on aggregate and the victors also defeated Heidelberger RK on the 12th of May 2018 at Campos Deportivos de Fadura, Biscay 24-20. The German side later got disqualified from the Challenge Cup and got replaced by Timișoara Saracens. The 2018-2019 season in the Challenge Cup was not quite as expected for Enisei-STM as they lost yet again all their matches yet by a big difference in the score. Enisei-STM have once more qualified for the European competition after barely defeating Timișoara Saracens 58-52 on aggregate and lost 20-18 away in a match where they were 18-0 up.

Each club plays each opponent twice; four points are awarded for a win, two for a draw, and no points are given for a defeat. A similar points system is used by most of the club competitions. The top four clubs proceed to the play-offs (first introduced in 2006). not needed


The founding of the league coincided with a period of rapid change for Russian rugby, and the format has differed nearly every season since 2005 a year after the Russian Superleague was re-formed.

In 2007, Yug-Krasnodar were admitted to the competition, increasing the league's size to eight teams. For 2008 several lower division clubs were admitted, with a total of 14 teams split into three conferences based on geography. Many of elevated clubs were semiprofessional or even amateur in nature, which lead a lack of competitive balance. The average attendance that season was 4285.

2010 saw another change of format. Gone was the East-West divide, culminating in the formation of a 'Super Group'. VVA Monino, Krasny Yar, Yenisey-STM, Slava Moscow, RC Novokuznetsk and Imperia-Dynamo are joined by Fili Moscow and Spartak GM in a straight home-and-away league format. The Rugby Union of Russia were reluctant to make any changes in 2011, a World Cup year.

Current TeamsEdit

Geographic LocationsEdit

Locations of the 2019 Professional Rugby League teams


League Honour BoardEdit

Year Champion Runner-up
Soviet Championship
1936 Dynamo Moscow VTsIK School Moscow
1938 Dynamo Moscow Spartak Moscow
1939 Dynamo Moscow Spartak Moscow
1966 MVTU Dynamo Tbilisi
1968 MVTU Dynamo Moscow
1969 VVA Fili Moscow
1970 Fili Moscow MAI Moscow
1971 VVA MAI Moscow
1972 Fili Moscow VVA
1973 Fili Moscow Burevestnik Leningrad
1974 Fili Moscow KIIGA Kiev
1975 Fili Moscow KIIGA Kiev
1976 VVA Slava Moscow
1977 VVA Slava Moscow
1978 RC Aviator Kiev Fili Moscow
1979 Slava Moscow Fili Moscow
1980 VVA RC Lokomotiv Moscow
1981 VVA RC Aviator Kiev
1982 Slava Moscow VVA
1983 RC Lokomotiv Moscow Fili Moscow
1984 VVA RC AIA Kutaisi
1985 VVA Slava Moscow
1986 VVA Slava Moscow
1987 RC AIA Kutaisi VVA
1988 RC AIA Kutaisi Krasny Yar
1989 RC AIA Kutaisi VVA
1990 Krasny Yar VVA
1991 Krasny Yar SKA Alma Ata
Russian Superleague
1992 Krasny Yar VVA
1993 VVA Krasny Yar
1994 Krasny Yar VVA
1995 Krasny Yar West Star Kaliningrad
1996 Krasny Yar RC Penza
1997 Krasny Yar RC Penza
1998 Krasny Yar VVA
1999 Enisei-STM Krasny Yar
2000 Krasny Yar Enisei-STM
2001 Krasny Yar Enisei-STM
2002 Enisei-STM Krasny Yar
2003 VVA Enisei-STM
2004 VVA Enisei-STM
Russian Professional League
2005 Enisei-STM VVA
2006 VVA Krasny Yar
2007 VVA Enisei-STM
2008 VVA Slava Moscow
2009 VVA Enisei-STM
2010 VVA Enisei-STM
2011 Enisei-STM Krasny Yar
2012 Enisei-STM Krasny Yar
2013 Krasny Yar Enisei-STM
2014 Enisei-STM Krasny Yar
2015 Krasny Yar Enisei-STM
2016 Enisei-STM Krasny Yar
2017 Enisei-STM Krasny Yar
2018 Enisei-STM Krasny Yar
Team Number of Titles
VVA 17
Krasny Yar 12
Enisei-STM 9
Fili Moscow 5
Dynamo Moscow 3
RC AIA Kutaisi 3
Slava Moscow 2
RC Aviator Kiev 1
RC Lokomotiv Moscow 1

Progress of the clubsEdit

Tier 1, progress of the clubs (1992-2018)


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