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    Posted: 15 November 2017 at 3:07pm

Rugby union's British & Irish Cup will be scrapped at the end of the season.

It comes after the 12 clubs from England's second-tier Championship decided to withdraw for 2018-19.

'A' sides from the four Irish Pro 14 clubs and 'Premiership Select' teams from the four Welsh regions face England's second-tier teams in pool stages and subsequent knockout rounds.

Scottish sides pulled out of the event in 2014 and Championship teams tend to rest their best players in the cup.

An RFU spokesperson told BBC Sport that Championship clubs were "looking into alternatives" for cup competition next season.

The event was set up in 2009 as part of changes which saw the Championship replace the old National One as English rugby's second tier.

The Cornish Pirates won the first event in 2010, while Munster 'A' beat Jersey in last season's final.



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Originally posted by Fscarlet Fscarlet wrote:

Rugby union's British & Irish Cup will be scrapped at the end of the season.

It comes after the 12 clubs from England's second-tier Championship decided to withdraw for 2018-19.

'A' sides from the four Irish Pro 14 clubs and 'Premiership Select' teams from the four Welsh regions face England's second-tier teams in pool stages and subsequent knockout rounds.

Scottish sides pulled out of the event in 2014 and Championship teams tend to rest their best players in the cup.

An RFU spokesperson told BBC Sport that Championship clubs were "looking into alternatives" for cup competition next season.

The event was set up in 2009 as part of changes which saw the Championship replace the old National One as English rugby's second tier.

The Cornish Pirates won the first event in 2010, while Munster 'A' beat Jersey in last season's final.



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Oh - someone has woken up - this anouncement was made recently by the Western Mail. I have not seen ant officisl announcement. So maybe there will be things going on behind the scenes. This must be a blow to welsh rugby if it's true. It could create massive ramifications. but I am sure there wil be some opinions on here. some sensible and some meaningless
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 I am hearing that there are plans for there to be more A team fixtures hope that is true ? the Premiership as a development league is failing badly .
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Originally posted by 157cb 157cb wrote:

 I am hearing that there are plans for there to be more A team fixtures hope that is true ? the Premiership as a development league is failing badly .


That will be one of the ramifications - how will the premiership clubs take that?
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