Cups and Leagues had very much been a feature of Combination History prior to the First World War, but had died out in the 1920's because of over robust play! In 1970 the Cup Competition was revived as the need for a more competitive edge to rugby became apparent and this competition is now a key part of the rugby calendar in the Bristol area.
Nearly all member Clubs, except for the College and "mid-week" sides, enter the Cup and there are always plenty of epic encounters before the finalists play at the Memorial Ground at the beginning of May. Over the years no single Club has dominated the Competition though most of the finalists are drawn from a group of the stronger Clubs. The final provides a centrepiece for the Combination at the end of each season and the event now attracts a large crowd of both supporters and those interested in local rugby.
A review of the Cup &Plate Competitions over the past season has led to a new two-tier format with a Cup Competition and a Vase. Details of the format etc. can be found on the page dealing with the Cup Competitions.
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