Scottish rugby union system

Scottish rugby union system

The top level of competition in the Scottish rugby union system is the Celtic League which is a league of professional clubs from Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Scotland currently has two clubs in the Celtic League; Edinburgh Rugby and Glasgow Warriors. They also participate in the Heineken Cup.

The Scottish Rugby Union administer Scotland's domestic competitions. The Scottish Hydro Electric League Championship is split into:
*a Scottish Hydro Electric Premiership level of three nationwide divisions
*a Scottish Hydro Electric National Leagues level of three nationwide divisions
*three Scottish Hydro Electric Regional Leagues. These are the Caledonia Regional Leagues, the East Regional Leagues and the West Regional Leagues.

An annual cup tournament, the Scottish Hydro Electric Cup, is held involving all league clubs, and some non-league clubs who form teams specially for the competition. However, this practice is becoming uncommon. A one-off competition, the Scottish Hydro Electric SuperCup, was played for by Premiership One teams only during season 2006-2007.

Scotland is also home to the oldest organised rugby union league in the world, the Border League, which was formed in 1901. The Border League does not take part in the pyramid structure to the National League, but all of its clubs play in both. Two small independent leagues remain, with only a handful of members: the Grampian Alliance League and the Highland Alliance League. For university and 2nd and 3rd XV leagues, see University Leagues in Scotland and 2nd XV Leagues in Scotland.

There are a small number of women's leagues in operation - see University Leagues in Scotland and SWRU League.

ee also

* Rugby union in Scotland
* League system

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