- Magners League
Infobox sports league
title= Magners League
current_season= 2008-09 Magners League
caption= The Magners League logo
champion= flagicon|Ireland|rugby LeinsterThe Magners League is an annual
rugby unioncompetition involving regional sides from Ireland, Scotlandand Wales. It is one of the three major leagues in Europe, along with the English Guinness Premiershipand the French Top 14. The league champion is currently determined solely from league performance, however from the 2009-10 season, it is intended to introduce a play-off structure, similar to the Guinness Premiership. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/7341673.stm BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | Magners set to bring in play-offs ] ] . It was originally known as The Celtic League (Welsh: "Y Gynghrair Geltaidd" [ [http://www.bbc.co.uk/cymru/chwaraeon/safle/rygbi_rhanbarthol/pages/canlyniadau_celtaidd.shtml BBC Cymru'r Byd - Chwaraeon - Y Gynghrair Geltaidd ] ] )The Magners League season takes place between September and May, with each team playing every other team on a home and away basis. Magners League matches avoid the traditional international weekends in November and during the Six Nations Championship. The Welsh, Irish and Scottish rugby unions now use the Magners League as the sole determinant for European qualification.
Talks have been held intermittently with both
Italy[ [http://talkingrugbyballs.welshblogs.co.uk/2008/02/italian_celts_non_starter.html WalesOnline - Rugby ] ] [ [http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4159/is_20061217/ai_n16899777 How Italy became Europe's fall guys | Independent on Sunday, The | Find Articles at BNET ] ] and South Africa[ [http://www.talkrugbyunion.co.uk/guides/rugby_union_organisations.html Major Organisations in Rugby Union ] ] about the possible expansion of the Magners League. A Rainbow Cup involving South African and Italian teams was announced in 2005, [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/4533261.stm BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | Celtic nations in new Rainbow Cup ] ] but following changes in the membership of the South African Rugby Unionthe idea was abandoned without a ball kicked. In the medium term, it is expected that the competition will continue to consist of the three Celtic unions. London Welshhave in the past expressed an interest in joining the Magners League if promotion/relegation were to be removed from the Premiership in England. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/english/6199419.stm BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | English | London Welsh keen on Celtic move ] ] Likewise the SRU in 2007 expressed an interest in setting up a Scottish club in London, to play as the third Scottish team in the Magners League. [ [http://www.planetrugby.com/Story/0,18259,3551_3569284,00.html London Scottish turn to SRU - Rugby News, Results, Fixtures and Features from Planet-Rugby.com ] ]
Magners Leaguematches get shown live on BBC Two Wales, Setanta Sports 2, Setanta Irelandand also the Welsh channel S4C. The BBC Two Walesmatches are usually made available to the rest of the UKvia BBCi. Sporadic coverage of the tournament can be found in other territories - mainly on Canal Plusin France, and on various Setanta Sportschannels around the globe.
BBC Alba, the
Scottish Gaelicchannel, will occasionally show highlights on its sports programme, Spòrs.
* Most points scored by a player in 1 season: 276 (
Felipe Contepomi, Leinster, 2005-2006)
* Most tries scored by a player in 1 season: 12 (
Jamie Robinson, Cardiff Blues, 2003-2004 & Kevin Morgan, Newport Gwent Dragons, 2004-2005)
* Highest attendance at Celtic League match: 48,000 (Leinster vs. Ulster,
Lansdowne Road, 31 December 2006)
Many rugby union club competitions culminate in a play-off series to determine the champion, including the
Super 14and the Guinness Premiership. Currently the Magners League does not use this format, and champions are decided by the final league table.
In April 2008 Celtic Rugby announced that play offs may be introduced in 09/10 season of the Magners League. This would possibly consist of the top four clubs of the league entering into a semi final with the winners progressing onto a grand final to determine its champion. Debates continue for and against the proposal, which echo similar arguments that preceded the introduction of similar play-offs in the Guinness Premiership.
Any future proposals may depend on the outcome of the negotiations on the future of the EDF Energy Anglo-Welsh Cup which current format runs out in 2009.
International Media Coverage
Australia, Canada, and the United States, Setanta Sportsbroadcasts the Magners League.
European Challenge Cup
Welsh Premier Division
Sports league attendances
* [http://www.magnersleague.com/ Magners League (official site)]
* [http://www.planet-rugby.com/Tournaments/Celtic_League/index.shtml Celtic League news from Planet Rugby]
* [http://www.TheCelticLeague.com/ Rugby Week news site]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/4533261.stm Proposed rainbow cup]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/4597161.stm Welsh clubs expelled]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/4105658.stm Agreement for new Celtic League]
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