Rugby Union Premiership



1987 (30 years old)

First Recorded Event




Alternate Names
Premiership Rugby

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Upcoming Events
Worcester Warriors - London Irish (Friday 22nd December)
Worcester - London Irish (Friday 22nd December)
Wasps - Gloucester (Saturday 23rd December)
Newcastle Falcons - Harlequins (Saturday 23rd December)
Northampton Saints - Exeter Chiefs (Saturday 23rd December)
Sale Sharks - Bath Rugby (Saturday 23rd December)
Wasps - Gloucester Rugby (Saturday 23rd December)
Leicester Tigers - Saracens (Sunday 24th December)
Bath Rugby - Wasps (Friday 29th December)
Gloucester Rugby - Sale Sharks (Saturday 30th December)

Latest Results
Harlequins 20 - 19 Saracens (Sunday 03rd December)
Exeter Chiefs 42 - 29 Bath Rugby (Saturday 02nd December)
Gloucester Rugby - London Irish (Saturday 02nd December)
Wasps 32 - 25 Leicester Tigers (Saturday 02nd December)
Gloucester 39 - 15 London Irish (Saturday 02nd December)
Northampton Saints 22 - 24 Newcastle Falcons (Friday 01st December)
Worcester Warriors - Sale Sharks (Friday 01st December)
Worcester 14 - 18 Sale Sharks (Friday 01st December)
London Irish 13 - 17 Wasps (Sunday 26th November)
Saracens 18 - 20 Exeter Chiefs (Sunday 26th November)


The English Premiership, currently known as Aviva Premiership Rugby or more commonly the Aviva Premiership because of the league's sponsorship by Aviva, is a professional league competition for rugby union football clubs in the top division of the English rugby union system. There are twelve clubs in the Premiership. The competition has been played since 1987, and has evolved into the current Premiership system employing relegation to and promotion from the RFU Championship, known as National Division One before the 2009–10 season.

The governing body of rugby union in England, the Rugby Football Union (RFU), long resisted leagues as it was believed that the introduction of leagues would increase 'dirty' play and put pressure on clubs to pay their players (thereby contravening the amateur ethos). Instead, clubs arranged their own friendlies and had traditional games. The only organised tournaments were the County Cups and County Championship — the former played by clubs and the latter by County representative teams. The Daily Telegraph and a few local newspapers — such as the Yorkshire Post — compiled 'pennants' based on teams' performances, but as the strength of fixture lists varied, it was at best an estimate of a team's performance throughout a season.

The league turned professional for the 1996/97 season when the first winners were London Wasps, joining Bath and Leicester as the only champions in the league's first decade. Clubs like Saracens, Newcastle and Northampton were able to attract wealthy benefactors, but the professional era also had its casualties, as clubs like West Hartlepool, Richmond and London Scottish were forced into administration when their backers pulled out.

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