Llanelli Scarlets first Welsh Regional winners

Scott Quinnell celebrates the Scarlets title win in 2004

Wales introduce regional rugby, with their five new regions taking up their places in a 12 team league, playing each other home and away for the first time in a 22 week League lasting the entire season which begins on 5 September 2003.

A 12 team Celtic Cup competition is also intoduced with Ulster taking the spoils, beating Edinburgh 27-21 in the final at Murrayfield on 20 December.

The League title is won by Llanelli Scarlets on 14 May 2004 with a 23-16 victory over Ulster at Stradey Park taking the Welshmen four points clear at the top, the first time the champions are decided this way.

2003-2004 Final Table

Llanelli ScarletsScarlets2276
Ulster RugbyUlster2272
Newport Gwent DragonsDragons2272
Celtic WarriorsWarriors2265
Cardiff BluesBlues2254
Munster RugbyMunster2251
Leinster RugbyLeinster2247
Edinburgh RugbyEdinburgh2244
Glasgow RugbyGlasgow2232
The BordersBorders2222
How the Title was Won....
2003-2004 Top Try Scorers
Jamie Robinson12
Conor McPhillips11
Jason Forster9
2003-2004 Top Points scorers
Neil Jenkins273
Gavin Henson265
Gareth Bowen240
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