Rugby Union Premiership



1987 (30 years old)

First Recorded Event




Alternate Names
Premiership Rugby

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Upcoming Events
Gloucester Rugby - Exeter Chiefs (Friday 01st September)
Newcastle Falcons - Worcester Warriors (Friday 01st September)
Saracens - Northampton Saints (Saturday 02nd September)
Wasps - Sale Sharks (Saturday 02nd September)
London Irish - Harlequins (Saturday 02nd September)
Leicester Tigers - Bath Rugby (Sunday 03rd September)
Sale Sharks - Newcastle Falcons (Friday 08th September)
Bath Rugby - Saracens (Saturday 09th September)
Exeter Chiefs - London Irish (Saturday 09th September)
Harlequins - Gloucester Rugby (Saturday 09th September)

Latest Results
Wasps 20 - 23 Exeter Chiefs (Saturday 27th May)
Exeter Chiefs 18 - 16 Saracens (Saturday 20th May)
Wasps 21 - 20 Leicester Tigers (Saturday 20th May)
Bristol Rugby 27 - 39 Newcastle Falcons (Saturday 06th May)
Gloucester Rugby 20 - 34 Exeter Chiefs (Saturday 06th May)
Northampton Saints 22 - 20 Harlequins (Saturday 06th May)
Sale Sharks 27 - 24 Bath Rugby (Saturday 06th May)
Wasps 35 - 15 Saracens (Saturday 06th May)
Worcester Warriors 23 - 28 Leicester Tigers (Saturday 06th May)
Bath Rugby 44 - 20 Gloucester Rugby (Sunday 30th April)


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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