Name
Rugby Union Premiership

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Established
1987 (31 years old)

First Recorded Event
2010-09-03

Sport
Rugby

Location
England

Gender
Male

Alternate Names
Premiership Rugby


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Home / Rugby / Rugby Union Premiership

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Upcoming Events
Gloucester - Northampton Saints (Saturday 01st September)
Harlequins - Sale Sharks (Saturday 01st September)
Worcester - Wasps (Saturday 01st September)
Exeter Chiefs - Leicester Tigers (Saturday 01st September)
Newcastle Falcons - Saracens (Sunday 02nd September)
Northampton Saints - Harlequins (Friday 07th September)
Wasps - Exeter Chiefs (Saturday 08th September)
Leicester Tigers - Newcastle Falcons (Saturday 08th September)
Bath Rugby - Gloucester (Saturday 08th September)
Sale Sharks - Worcester (Sunday 09th September)

Latest Results
Exeter Chiefs 10 - 27 Saracens (Saturday 26th May)
Saracens 57 - 33 Wasps (Saturday 19th May)
Exeter Chiefs 36 - 5 Newcastle Falcons (Saturday 19th May)
Bath Rugby 63 - 19 London Irish (Saturday 05th May)
Harlequins 17 - 41 Exeter Chiefs (Saturday 05th May)
Newcastle Falcons 22 - 39 Wasps (Saturday 05th May)
Northampton Saints 32 - 24 Worcester (Saturday 05th May)
Sale Sharks 13 - 35 Leicester Tigers (Saturday 05th May)
Saracens 62 - 12 Gloucester (Saturday 05th May)
Exeter Chiefs - Sale Sharks (Sunday 29th April)

Description

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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Bristol Rug

Exeter Chie

Gloucester

Harlequins

Leeds Carne

Leicester T

London Iris

London Wels

Newcastle F

Northampton

Sale Sharks

Saracens

Wasps

Worcester W

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