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Since 2018 England's cup competitions have been revamped to become league cups for Premiership and Championship.

The first club competitions in English rugby union was the RFU Club Championship.
It was a knock-out competition played by every English team.
From 2001/02 to 2004/05 the four best non professional teams, qualified for cup round of 16, qualified also for the National Trophy.

In 2005 the RFU Club Championship was replaced by the Anglo-Welsh Cup, played by Premiership teams and by the four welsh professional regional franchises.
All non professional teams were, then, included in the National Trophy.

In 2009 also the Championship clubs became professional and the National Trophy was substituted by the British & Irish Cup.
Teams playing in the British & Irish Cup were:
  • for England the 12 teams partecipating to the RFU Championship;
  • for Ireland the 4 professional regional franchises (sending their emerging team);
  • for Scotland, until 2013/14 season, 4 teams from SRU Premiership;
  • for Wales since 2015/16 season the 4 professional regional franchises (sending their emerging team), before 4 teams from WRU Premiership, except for 2012/13 season when it was played by all the 12 teams from WRU Premiership;

In 2018, the Anglo-Welsh Cup and the British & Irish Cup were discontinued.

In the late nineties a League Cup was played twice. It was sponsored by the Cheltenham and Gloucester Building Society and played by Premiership 1 and 2 teams.

Honours Roll

Season:WinnersRunners upFormatResult
2018/19Northampton Saints (1)SaracensFinal23-9
TeamTitlesRunners up
Northampton Saints10

Related trophies

Championship Cup
Season:WinnersRunners upFormatResult
2018/19Ealing Trailfinders (1)London IrishFinal23-17
TeamTitlesRunners up
Ealing Trailfinders10
London Irish01
Anglo Welsh Cup
British & Irish Cup
RFU Club Competition
Season:WinnersRunners upFormatResult
2004/05Leeds Tykes (1)BathFinal20-12
2003/04Newcastle Falcons (4)Sale SharksFinal37-33
2002/03Gloucester (4)Northampton SaintsFinal40-22
2001/02London Irish (1)Northampton SaintsFinal38-7
2000/01Newcastle Falcons (3)HarlequinsFinal30-27
1999/00London Wasps (2)Northampton SaintsFinal31-23
1998/99Wasps (1)Newcastle FalconsFinal29-19
1997/98Saracens (1)WaspsFinal48-18
1996/97Leicester Tigers (5)Sale SharksFinal9-3
1995/96Bath (10)Leicester TigersFinal16-15
1994/95Bath (9)WaspsFinal36-16
1993/94Bath (8)Leicester TigersFinal21-9
1992/93Leicester Tigers (4)HarlequinsFinal23-16
1991/92Bath (7)HarlequinsFinal15-12
1990/91Harlequins (2)Northampton SaintsFinal25-13
1989/90Bath (6)GloucesterFinal48-6
1988/89Bath (5)Leicester TigersFinal10-6
1987/88Harlequins (1)Bristol RugbyFinal28-22
1986/87Bath (4)WaspsFinal19-12
1985/86Bath (3)WaspsFinal25-17
1984/85Bath (2)London WelshFinal24-15
1983/84Bath (1)Bristol RugbyFinal10-9
1982/83Bristol Rugby (1)Leicester TigersFinal28-22
1981/82Gloucester (3)
Moseley (1)
1980/81Leicester Tigers (3)GosforthFinal22-15
1979/80Leicester Tigers (2)London IrishFinal21-9
1978/79Leicester Tigers (1)MoseleyFinal15-12
1977/78Gloucester (2)Leicester TigersFinal6-3
1976/77Gosforth (2)WaterlooFinal27-11
1975/76Gosforth (1)Rosslyn ParkFinal23-14
1974/75Bedford Blues (1)Rosslyn ParkFinal28-12
1973/74Coventry (2)London ScottishFinal26-6
1972/73Coventry (1)Bristol RugbyFinal27-15
1971/72Gloucester (1)MoseleyFinal17-6
National Trophy
Cheltenham and Gloucester Cup
Season:WinnersRunners upFormatResult
1998/99Gloucester (2)Bedford BluesFinal24-9
1997/98Gloucester (1)Bedford BluesFinal33-25
TeamTitlesRunners up
Bedford Blues02


www.bbc.com - BBC site
www.englandrugby.com - English rugby union site (former www.rfu.com).
www.premiershiprugby.com - Premiership site
www.ncarugby.org - National league club association site
www.irishrugby.ie/ - Irish rugby union site
www.wru.co.uk - WRU official site
www.allwalessport.co.uk/rugby-union.aspx - Site about welsh rugby
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Premiership_Rugby_Cup - Wikipedia pages about the Premiership Cup
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anglo-Welsh_Cup - Wikipedia pages about the Anglo-Welsh Cup
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rugby_Union_in_England - Wikipedia pages about english rugby
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_and_Irish_Cup - Wikipedia pages about the British & Irish Cup
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EDF_Energy_Trophy - Wikipedia pages about National Trophy
Every site was scanned using also web.archive.org
Many data were found on Rothmans Rugby Union Yearbook of various years.