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.
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 Webb Ellis Cup visited Lampeter on Monday to recognise the fact that the town is celebrating a major milestone as it is believed the first ever game of rugby played in Wales, was in fact played in Lampeter 150 years ago.
We cover the big news the 2017 Champions League Final will be coming to the Millennium Stadium, in this week's Principality Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. We hear from FAW chief executive Jonathan Ford, First Minister Carwyn Jones and WRU group chief executive Roger Lewis. Wales coach Warren Gatland describes their high altitude training in Switzerland, national match officials manager Nigel Whitehouse talks about the community coaches and referees conference, while we have a special feature on Cardiff Blues U18 girls sevens squad preparing for their first Gemau Cymru, with some help from internationals Elinor Snowsill and Philippa Tuttiett.
Bridgend Ravens continued their remarkable form against Premiership champions Pontypridd with four wins in five matches throughout 2015 after securing a 14-8 victory at Sardis Road in a Foster's Challenge Cup clash.