Swansea did all they could do avoid the drop at the death but it wasn't enough
Swansea were condemned to relegation at the weekend following Aberavon's bonus-point loss to Carmarthen Quins that rendered their spirited 26-0 win over Neath worthless.
Swansea had to beat Neath with a bonus point but also depended upon Aberavon leaving their game with Carmarthen Quins empty-handed to push ahead of the Wizards.
The All Whites kept their part of the bargain by taking maximum points in their 26-0 win over their local rivals at St Helen's thanks to tries from Liam Gadd, Matthew Davies and Paul John, as well as a penalty try. But Aberavon's Stef Andrews, Jon Phillips, Matthew Jenkins, Lee Evans and skipper Ian Moore all crossed to grab two bonus points and secure their Premiership status despite a 37-31 defeat to Quins.
Next season will be the first time in Swansea's 140-year history that they will play outside the top flight of Welsh club rugby but chairman Phil Llewellyn is confident of bouncing straight back from the Championship.
"I can assure you that we won't stay down more than the one season and we will come back and be as strong as ever," said Llewellyn. "Aberavon deserved to stay up and we deserved to go down. It's the situation the club finds itself in but we are big enough to come back up."
Quins' victory secured second place and a home tie in the play-offs against Cross Keys, who finished their regular campaign on a low, beaten 21-6 at Bridgend. The winner of this tie will face table-toppers Pontypridd for the right to be crowned Principality Premiership Champions.
Elsewhere, Llandovery cemented their fourth position after they overcame Newport 44-27 courtesy of braces from Phil Day, Craig Woodhall, and Sam Soul. Ian Brookes also crossed to finish the Drovers' season on a high.
Cardiff also ended positively with a 46-23 win in front of their home fans at the Arms Park, although that was still not enough to finish above opponents Bedwas, in sixth place.
School and college pupils from school club hubs across the Blues region were invited to the WRU National Centre of Excellence this week to complete the Level 1 Referee course. Nigel Owens was one of the tutors and more courses of this kind will be run around Wales to cater for the demand, to increase the number of qualified referees available to officiate school and club rugby, and to find potential future referees of the senior game.
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.
The top three teams of the Principality Premiership put their unbeaten runs on the line this weekend. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespies is joined by South Wales Argus rugby writer Chris Kirwan to discuss the weekend's action
Geraint John has taken up the new role of WRU elite coach development manager having arrived in Wales last week. WRU TV caught up with him at the WRU rugby department's strategy day at the Millennium Stadium.
The entire Welsh Rugby Union Rugby Department gathered at the Millennium Stadium earlier this week where WRU Head of Rugby Josh Lewsey looked back on a year where structural and strategic changes have seen significant progress made
Tomorrow will see the first six-point try scored in the northern hemisphere when the Principality Premiership kicks off. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie catches up with WRU National match Officials Manager Nigel Whitehouse, and Pontypridd winger Alex Webber as they look ahead to the innovative changes.
The annual Women's club launch was held at the Wales Centre of Excellence where National Women's Head Coach and Programme Lead Rhys Edwards, Competition Secretary Adrian Howell and Cardiff Met player Ffion Jones express eagerness for the new campaign to get under way.
Plenty of award winners in this week's Principality Welsh Rugby Union Podcast.Dragons centre Tyler Morgan wins one of the top awards for up and coming talent with the SportingWales Rising Stars 2015 award. Scarlets and Wales outside half Hannah Jones is one of the runners-up. We also he from community clubs as the season approaches and Principality Premiership unsung hero Ron Taylor of Ebbw Vale.
Actor and Millennium Stadium Tour Guide Gareth Bale has been performing his one-man play about Wales rugby legend Ray Gravell across Wales. He chats to WRU TV before taking his show to the Edinburgh Festival.
After widespread consultation, the WRU has made major changes to its pathway programme for girls rugby with a spring and summer season being introduced with immediate effect in order to respond to a clear demand to play the game.
The Welsh Rugby Union has reiterated its strong stance to players at all levels of the game to ensure they train and compete cleanly for the good of the game following a player suspension for an Anti-Doping Rule Violation.