Name
Rugby Union Premiership

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Established
1987 (32 years old)

First Recorded Event
2010-09-03

Sport
Rugby

Location
England

Gender
Male

Alternate Names
Premiership Rugby

Last Edit
Ovokx: 01 Sep 2018
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Latest Results
18 May 19 Leicester Tigers  -  Bath Rugby
18 May 19 Newcastle Falcons  -  Bristol Rugby
18 May 19 Sale Sharks  -  Gloucester
18 May 19 Wasps  -  Harlequins
18 May 19 Worcester Warrior  -  Saracens
05 May 19 Bath Rugby  -  Wasps
04 May 19 Gloucester  -  Newcastle Falcons
04 May 19 Northampton Saint  -  Worcester Warrior
04 May 19 Saracens  -  Exeter Chiefs
04 May 19 Exeter Chiefs  -  Northampton Saint

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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.

Schedule
1011 Season 1112 Season 1213 Season 1415 Season 1516 Season 1617 Season 1718 Season 1819 Season

Teams

Bath Rugby
-6

Bristol Rugby
-9

Exeter Chiefs
-10

Gloucester
-10

Harlequins
-11

Leeds Carnegie
-11

Leicester Tiger

London Irish
-11

London Welsh
-11

Newcastle Falco
-11

Northampton Sai
-11

Sale Sharks
-11

Saracens
-10

Wasps
-11

Worcester Warri
-11

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