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WRL Premier League 2019 fixtures confirmed

16th April 2019, 12:40

WRL Premier League 2019 fixtures confirmed

Wales Rugby League have confirmed the 2019 Premier League and junior fixtures which sees competitions at five different levels - an increase on 2018.

 

With last year’s top three Welsh Premier League clubs, Valley Cougars, Torfaen Tigers and Cardiff Blue Dragons all now playing in the new Southern Conference League, each will field an A side in the Welsh Premier League.

In addition to the Premier League fixtures, there will be a knockout Welsh Challenge Cup, with the first round taking place on May 25/26, plus a Nines tournament on the weekend of June 12/13.

Valley Cougars will defend their Premier League title, opening with a trip to Cardiff on Saturday 18th May. Other opening day fixtures see Rhondda Outlaws host Torfaen, whilst Llanelli Knights travel to Bridgend Blue Bulls.

The Cougars won last year's Grand Final on an exciting day in Pontypridd, where the junior crowns were claimed by Cardiff Blue Dragons and Aber Valley Wolves.

The line-up of clubs once again remain the same as 2018 with no new additions, just continued growth of the existing brands in this, the 17th season of domestic competition in Wales.

In a slight organisational restructure, the junior leagues will now be played at U12, U14 and U16 levels, with four midweek festivals to be organised between U19 sides, the first being at Cardiff Blue Dragons' Glamorgan Wanderers home on Wednesday 29th May.

Aber Valley Wolves, the junior-only club who are officially linked with the Valley Cougars senior sides, will break new ground in 2019 when they field two sides, to be known as Wolves Yellow and Wolves Blue, at both U14 and U12 levels.

Rhondda Outlaws make a welcome return to the junior ranks, fielding a side in the new U12 competition, whilst Penlan Wild Stallions have been renamed Swansea Stallions to reflect the major city where they’re based.

Another quadruple-header Grand Finals day, similar to last year’s successful event at Sardis Road, is planned for Sunday 11th August at a venue to be confirmed.

The junior leagues started in 2009 and recent competitions were largely responsible for producing the Wales under 16 side that beat England in 2017, plus Super League and World Cup stars like Regan Grace started their careers in the Welsh junior leagues.

 

OPENING FIXTURES (weekend of May 18/19)

Premier League

Bridgend Blue Bulls v Llanelli Knights

Rhondda Outlaws v Torfaen Tigers A

Cardiff Blue Dragons A v Valley Cougars A

 

Under 16

Bridgend Blue Bulls v Llanelli Knights

Cardiff Blue Dragons v Aber Valley Wolves

Swansea Stallions v Torfaen Tigers

 

Under 14

Aber Valley Wolves Yellow v Torfaen Tigers

Aber Valley Wolves Blue v Llanelli Knights

Bridgend Blue Bulls v Swansea Stallions

BYE: Cardiff Blue Dragons

 

Under 12

Aber Valley Wolves Yellow v Torfaen Tigers

Aber Valley Wolves Blue v Llanelli Knights

Bridgend Blue Bulls v Swansea Stallions

Rhondda Outlaws v Cardiff Blue Dragons

 

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