|National Rugby Premiership|
|Founded||3 April, 213 AP|
|No. of teams||16|
|Most recent champion||00000|
The National Rugby Premiership (Shaelic: Ganeiða Kírtoa Rúgbiri) is a professional rugby club competition in the Shaelic Commonwealth. It is popularly known as The NRP (or in Shaelic, Ma GKR), which is derived from the competition's abbreviation NRP (Shaelic: GKR). It is headquartered in city, state.
The NRP is one of the oldest professional rugby competitions on Vexillium, having been established in 213 AP as an eight-club competition. Today, the league has been relegated to the second tier of professional rugby in the Shaelic Commonwealth, having been replaced by the Commonwealth Championship competition in 275 AP. Many of the league's clubs maintain official affiliations with Commonwealth Championship clubs, mostly for player development purposes.
Regular Season Edit
The sixteen clubs of the National Rugby Premiership are organized into a single table. Each club plays a double round-robin schedule, for a total of 30 regular season games. Four points are award for a victory, two points for a draw, and no points are earned for a loss. The bonus system includes a point for losing by seven or few points, and a point for scoring four or more tries in a match.
Knockout Stages Edit
At the conclusion of the regular season, the top six finishing clubs advance to the knockout stage. The knockout stage consists of a quarterfinals, semi-finals, and championship round. The top two clubs from the regular season table receive automatic berths into the semi-finals. The clubs finishing third through sixth play in the quarterfinals, the winners advancing to meet the automatic qualifiers in the semi-finals. The two semi-final winners then advanced to the NRP Championship Finals, the victor claiming the NRP Gold Cup.