Rugby Union Premiership



1987 (32 years old)

First Recorded Event




Alternate Names
Premiership Rugby

Last Edit
Ovokx: 01 Sep 2018
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Upcoming Events
15 Feb Bath Rugby  -  Newcastle Falcons The Recreation @ 3:00pm
16 Feb Bristol Rugby  -  Wasps Ashton Gate @ 3:00pm
16 Feb Harlequins  -  Worcester Warrior Twickenham Stoop @ 3:00pm
16 Feb Northampton Saint  -  Sale Sharks Franklin's Gardens @ 3:00pm
16 Feb Saracens  -  Leicester Tigers Barnet Copthall @ 3:00pm
16 Feb Exeter Chiefs  -  Newcastle Falcons Sandy Park @ 3:00pm
23 Feb Gloucester  -  Saracens Kingsholm Stadium @ 3:00pm
23 Feb Harlequins  -  Bristol Rugby Twickenham Stoop @ 3:00pm
23 Feb Northampton Saint  -  Bath Rugby Franklin's Gardens @ 3:00pm
23 Feb Wasps  -  Sale Sharks Ricoh Arena @ 3:00pm

Latest Results
06 Jan Wasps  -  Northampton Saint Ricoh Arena
06 Jan Gloucester  -  Exeter Chiefs Kingsholm Stadium
05 Jan Leicester Tigers  -  Gloucester Welford Road
05 Jan Newcastle Falcons  -  Harlequins Kingston Park
05 Jan Worcester Warrior  -  Bath Rugby Sixways Stadium
04 Jan Sale Sharks  -  Saracens AJ Bell
04 Jan Exeter Chiefs  -  Bristol Rugby Sandy Park
30 Dec Bath Rugby 23 - 16  Leicester Tigers The Recreation
30 Dec Bristol Rugby 35 - 28  Newcastle Falcons Ashton Gate
29 Dec Harlequins 20 - 13  Wasps Twickenham Stoop


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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