Name
English Premiership Rugby

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Established
1987 (33 years old)

First Recorded Event
2010-09-03

Current Season
1920

Sport
Rugby

Location
England

Gender
Male

Alternate Names
Premiership Rugby

Last Edit
stupendouspineapple: 24 Sep 2019
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Upcoming Events
10 Apr 20 Bristol Rugby  -  Exeter Chiefs
10 Apr 20 Leicester Tiger  -  London Irish
10 Apr 20 Northampton Sai  -  Bath Rugby
10 Apr 20 Saracens  -  Gloucester
10 Apr 20 Wasps  -  Sale Sharks
10 Apr 20 Worcester Warri  -  Harlequins
17 Apr 20 Exeter Chiefs  -  Worcester Warri
17 Apr 20 Gloucester  -  Leicester Tiger
17 Apr 20 Harlequins  -  Northampton Sai
17 Apr 20 London Irish  -  Saracens

Latest Results
27 Mar 20 Gloucester  -  Bristol Rugby
27 Mar 20 Leicester Tiger  -  Bath Rugby
27 Mar 20 London Irish  -  Northampton Sai
27 Mar 20 Sale Sharks  -  Exeter Chiefs
27 Mar 20 Saracens  -  Harlequins
27 Mar 20 Wasps  -  Worcester Warri
20 Mar 20 Bath Rugby  -  London Irish
20 Mar 20 Bristol Rugby  -  Saracens
20 Mar 20 Exeter Chiefs  -  Leicester Tiger
20 Mar 20 Harlequins  -  Sale Sharks

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Premiership Rugby (officially known as Gallagher Premiership Rugby, or the Gallagher Premiership due to sponsorship reasons) is an English professional rugby union competition. The Premiership consists of twelve clubs, and is the top division of the English rugby union system. Premiership clubs qualify for Europe's two main club competitions, the European Rugby Champions Cup and the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The team finishing at the bottom of the Premiership each season is relegated to the second division, the RFU Championship; the winner of the Championship is promoted to the Premiership.

The competition has been played since 1987, and has evolved into the current Premiership system. The current champions are Saracens. The most recently promoted side are London Irish, who returned to the top flight in 2019.

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.

Seasons

1011 Season

1112 Season

1213 Season

1415 Season

1516 Season

1617 Season

1718 Season

1819 Season

1920 Season

Teams

Bath Rugby

Bristol Rugby
-9

Exeter Chiefs
-5

Gloucester
-6

Harlequins
-9

Leeds Carnegie
-11

Leicester Tiger

London Irish
-8

London Welsh
-11

Northampton Sai
-4

Sale Sharks
-10

Saracens
-3

Wasps
-9

Worcester Warri
-10

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