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    Posted: 02 July 2019 at 8:45am
Last season's top six Welsh Premiership clubs will play in a cross-border competition against Scottish Super 6 sides at the end of the 2019-20 season.

Merthyr, Cardiff, Pontypridd, Ebbw Vale, Llandovery and Aberavon will face Ayr, Boroughmuir, Heriot's, Melrose, Stirling County and Watsonians.

There will be promotion and relegation for the Welsh Premiership for the first time since 2016 with one up, one down.

Indigo Group will take over as title sponsors of the competition.

Principality has stood down as sponsors of the semi-professional league after 14 years, although will continue to sponsor the national stadium in Cardiff which is celebrating its 20-year anniversary.

Merthyr head coach Dale McIntosh said, "First and foremost, we are all excited about the new season. Having 12 teams in the league will make it a stronger competition, I think we all produced some great rugby for the TV games last season and look forward to that level of profile again this season.

"We will look forward to the challenge of a new, cross-border competition and give the Scottish teams the respect they deserve."

It is anticipated the competition will continue to be televised on BBC Wales and S4C next season.

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Originally posted by Fscarlet Fscarlet wrote:

Last season's top six Welsh Premiership clubs will play in a cross-border competition against Scottish Super 6 sides at the end of the 2019-20 season.

Merthyr, Cardiff, Pontypridd, Ebbw Vale, Llandovery and Aberavon will face Ayr, Boroughmuir, Heriot's, Melrose, Stirling County and Watsonians.

There will be promotion and relegation for the Welsh Premiership for the first time since 2016 with one up, one down.

Indigo Group will take over as title sponsors of the competition.

Principality has stood down as sponsors of the semi-professional league after 14 years, although will continue to sponsor the national stadium in Cardiff which is celebrating its 20-year anniversary.

Merthyr head coach Dale McIntosh said, "First and foremost, we are all excited about the new season. Having 12 teams in the league will make it a stronger competition, I think we all produced some great rugby for the TV games last season and look forward to that level of profile again this season.

"We will look forward to the challenge of a new, cross-border competition and give the Scottish teams the respect they deserve."

It is anticipated the competition will continue to be televised on BBC Wales and S4C next season.

Merthyr and Cardiff won’t blink too much of a financial eye on this extension to the season with its impact on wages /squad size and injury risks but it will be a challenge for the rest. It is highly unlikely to ever affect the RFC of course. 

Edited by reesytheexile - 02 July 2019 at 9:43am
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Fscarlet Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 July 2019 at 12:37pm
I think the only thing that baffles me slightly is that given it's an end of season competition, surely the top 6 of the 2019-20 season should be playing in April/May 2020...
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Wil Chips Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 July 2019 at 12:56pm
There is something in that...you can imagine a team could finish bottom and be relegated, but play in this tournie.

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So what’s happening with the A Teams? Anyone know?
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The wru are intent on ruining the  semi pro set up
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