The Welsh Rugby Union have confirmed that Cardiff RFC will be one of the six Welsh sides taking part in a cross-border competition with the Scottish Super Six sides at the end of the 2019/20 season.
It has been rumoured for a while that it would take place, but this is the first time that the WRU have spoken openly about it and confirmed any sort of details from the Welsh end of the arrangement.
From Scotland’s point of view they were looking for a cross-border competition to test their newly setup semi-professional tier of rugby that looks to bridge the gap between their top domestic league and the professional teams; Glasgow and Edinburgh.
The franchises were awarded to Ayr, Boroughmuir, Heriot’s, Melrose, Stirling County and Watsonian, who have matched funding provided by the Scottish Rugby Union to provide high quality coaching and analysis for their players.
They play each other earlier in the season with the Super Six coming to a close on the 28th March, and the Indigo Group Premiership finishing on the 4th April in Wales.
Details are then taken from a recent interview with the man at the head of the Super Six, former Edinburgh centre Sean Lineen, who stated the cross-border competition would run over six games between the 18th April and 30th May.
Cardiff will be joined by Merthyr, Pontypridd, Llandovery, Aberavon, and Ebbw Vale as the Welsh contingent in the competition, with the SRU today confirming brief details about the format.
The sides will be split into pools of six teams, three Welsh and three Scottish. They will then play every team in the other pool either home or away, for a total of six games. The winner will then be the side top of a joint-league table.
From the Welsh clubs point of view the extra costs associated with the competition will be entirely covered by the WRU, who will conduct a thorough review of proceedings at the end of the first campaign.
Elsewhere, Cardiff RFC discovered our Indigo Group Premiership fixtures and where we will start our Specsavers Cup defence this week, with full details available here.