Rugby’s AIL to have five divisions from next season

Colm Kinsella

Reporter:

Colm Kinsella

This is another busy period for domestic rugby fixtures
THE Ulster Bank All-Ireland League’s existing four divisions will be remodelled into five divisions of 10 Clubs at the end of the current season.

THE Ulster Bank All-Ireland League’s existing four divisions will be remodelled into five divisions of 10 Clubs at the end of the current season.

Currently Divisions 1A and 1B of the AIL comprise of 10 teams, with 16 sides competing in Divisions 2A and 2B. However, from next season the AIL will consists of five divisions, 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B and 2C with 10 teams in each.

In Division 1A this season the top four clubs will qualify for play-offs. The bottom club will be relegated to 1B. The second bottom club will play-off against the second placed Club in 1B.

The top Club in 1B after the regular league season will be promoted to 1A. The second placed Club will play-off against the second bottom Club from 1A. The top two Clubs from 2A will be promoted to 1B with the bottom two Clubs from 1B relegated to 2A.

The top two clubs in 2A following the current regular league season will be promoted to 1B. The clubs ranked 3-10 at the end of the regular season will form Division 2A along with the two Clubs relegated from 1B. Clubs placed 11-16 in 2A at the end of the regular league season will form 2B for 2015/16 with the top four ranked Clubs in 2B. The top four clubs in 2B will form 2B for next season with the Clubs placed 11-16 in 2A at the end of the regular league season.

The Clubs ranked 5-13 in 2B at the end of this season will form 2C with the winner of the play-off game between the 14th ranked Club in 2B and the winner of the Provincial Qualifying League. The bottom two Clubs in 2B will be relegated from the AIL.