Last season’s top six Welsh Premiership clubs will play in a cross-border competition against Scottish Super 6 sides at the end of the 2019-20 season.
Merthyr, Cardiff, Pontypridd, Ebbw Vale, Llandovery and Aberavon will face Ayr, Boroughmuir, Heriot’s, Melrose, Stirling County and Watsonians.
A key aspect of the new Super6 league was to see how Super6 teams might fare against clubs of a similar level outwith Scotland, and to test both players and coaches in a different competitive environment.
The partnership with the WRU sees the top six teams from the Welsh domestic league, the Indigo Group Premiership, play against the Super6 teams on consecutive weekends, starting in mid-April 2020.
The confirmed teams are Merthyr, Cardiff, Pontypridd, Llandovery, Ebbw Vale and Aberavon, and they will compete with the Super6 side across two pools of six teams, with the pools made up of a mixture of Scottish and Welsh sides.
In the competition’s first year, each team will play three home and three away fixtures and the cross-border winner will be decided on a league ranking based on number of points gained over the six matches.
At this stage, Scottish Rugby and the WRU are continuing to finalise competition rules, commercial rights and the broadcast opportunities available.
The cross-border competition also aims to provide a development opportunity for match officials, and both Unions have committed to providing an appropriate allocation of officials for the matches.
Commenting on the development, Scottish Rugby Chief Executive, Mark Dodson, said: “This is another exciting step in the development of Super6 and I’m delighted to join with the WRU and create a strong cross-border opportunity for our respective teams to compete in.
“We have developed a very positive working partnership with the WRU in recent years and this is an extension of that work.
“We want our Super6 players to be exposed to a range of experiences which are designed to raise the standard of players and it promises to be a very interesting competition.”
Scottish Rugby’s Technical Director, Stephen Gemmell, said: “It is great news to be able to confirm that the promised cross-border element of Super6 is now agreed and in place.
“It is a key strategic element of our overall objective to raise the standard of rugby at the top of our domestic game in Scotland and having a concentrated competition will test our players, coaches and match officials in a credible and performance focussed way.
“We are looking forward to working closely with the Welsh Rugby Union on this project.”
WRU Group Chief Executive, Martyn Phillips, said: “We are thrilled that six of our Indigo Group Premiership teams will join Scottish Super6 teams in a cross-border competition at the end of this season.
“It is an exciting development for our Premiership sides, while giving supporters something new to look forward to.”
WRU Community Director, Geraint John, added: “It’s great to be able to confirm this cross-border initiative with Scottish Rugby.
“We’ve worked closely with our clubs to increase the level of competition available to them and we look forward to seeing how being part of the Super6 will challenge players, coaches and match officials.”