Here are the latest rugby titles on Thursday, June 2nd.
Changes to Welsh leagues announced
Wales’ national rugby union leagues will see teams promoted and relegated for the first time since 2019 when the community game finally returns to normal. The 2022-23 season sees 286 clubs compete in 25 divisions in the Admiral National League program.
Teams will play at home and away again after three seasons that were devastated by the COVID pandemic, and clubs across Wales will be able to play for titles and promotion.
There were 24 divisions in the Admiral-backed program from last season’s Championship season involving 275 clubs. For 2022-23, the numbers will rise to 25 divisions, with Division 3 North being split in two to accommodate more teams that will now compete in 3 North East and 3 North West.
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There is also a remark of the titles in East, East Central and West Central Divisions with numbers replacing letters. In the East, there will be six sections spanning 66 clubs and there will be five each in East Central (56 clubs) and West Central (60 clubs).
The four divisions in the North will have 42 teams, which will include second XV sides from 11 clubs. In the West, there will be four divisions involving 48 clubs, with divisions 3A and 3B remaining as they are.
The Indigo Group Premiership will also return to home and away matches for the 12 teams involved in that division.
Geraint John, WRU’s director of community rugby, said: “It was a deeply frustrating time for our community clubs. With full lists coming back next season, and promotion back into the equation, there will be everything to play for. I have no doubt that standards will continue to rise and it is great to welcome new teams into the National League system. “
Laporte is eager to join Edwards
French Rugby President Bernard Laporte insists that defense guru Shaun Edwards should be given another contract that binds him to France until 2027.
Edwards ‘arrival at Les Bleus’ training staff coincided with their return to prominence, culminating in this year’s Grand Slam in the Six Nations. There have also been notable victories over Australia and New Zealand in recent times.
Head coach Fabien Galthie has already been signed until 2027 and, eager to keep the group together, Laporte wants to see Edwards follow suit.
He told Provence: “Shaun? He needs to be re-signed, that’s for sure,” he added, adding: “It’s up to Fabien to take care of it. let him take that and that. ”
Edwards left Welsh rugby after the 2019 Rugby World Cup. The suggestion at the time was that he was open to staying but was only offered a two-year deal and he wanted more.
Fans disappointed with the release of a Welsh star
Welsh winger Sam Lewis will leave the Worcester Warriors when his contract expires at the end of the season.
The 31-year-old opener has been a huge success in the English premiership since joining the Ospreys in 2015, winning applause. of likenesses of Will Greenwood and teammates and coaches. Despite his outstanding form, especially in the 2018/19 season, Lewis remained overlooked by Welsh voters.
And now he’s moving on at club level in a surprising development. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. Tales of Warriors supporters went to social media to express their disappointment over the announcement.
“I’ve fully enjoyed my time here and I’m leaving with a heavy heart,” Lewis said.
“That’s the nature of professional rugby I guess. But I’m going to leave with some wonderful memories, with winning the Premiership Rugby Cup two weeks ago being right there.”
South Africans join Europe
Five South African club sides will join expanded versions of the Champions and World Cups next season, it has been confirmed, in a move that changes the face of European rugby.
The four United Rugby Championship sides – Stormers, Bulls, Sharks and Lions – were expected to appear in the competitions next season. But the new development is that the Cheetahs, who were eliminated when the Guinness PRO14 became the United Rugby Championship in 2021, were invited to join.
After completing a full season at the URC, the Stormers, Bulls and Sharks all qualified for a place in the top Champion Cup. The only Welsh team in this competition will be the Ospreys after they finished as Wales’ top team in the URC.
The Lions qualified for the World Cup and the Cheetahs were invited to join the competition, where Cardiff, Dragons and Scarlets will play.
English Premiership relegation to return
Premiership Rugby CEO Simon Massie-Taylor has insisted promotion and relegation will return to the top flight.
Championship winners to Ealing were denied a place in the Gallagher Premiership next season after their ground failed to meet the minimum capacity requirement.
But Massie-Taylor said the league is still committed to expanding the top level from 13 to 14 teams, after which promotion and relegation will return.
“The intention was for us to move to a 14-team league so we were disappointed that Ealing didn’t pass the standards and came up,” Massie-Taylor told the Telegraph.
“The expectation is that there will be a promotion next season, then the deal is a promotion and a relegation after that. That was what was agreed by the RFU council.
“It simply came to our notice then.
“It was the right decision to keep the 13 clubs that existed within the Prime Minister. It is a miracle that they have survived after what has happened in recent years.”
Lions star to stay in England
Chris Harris has written a new contract with Gloucester.
The center of Scotland and British and Irish Lions joined the Newcastle club in 2019 and made almost 50 appearances.
Head coach George Skivington said: “Chris is one of those players who is instrumental in what we are here at Gloucester Rugby. He has worked hard and has become one of the top leaders within the squad.
“Whether it’s in attack or defense, he’s always leading by example and there’s a real surge of world-class talent in the group here at Kingsholm.”