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English Premiership Rugby

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Established
1987 (35 years old)

First Recorded Event
2010-09-03

Current Season
2022-2023

API Football ID
13

Sport
Rugby

Location
England

Gender
Male

Alternate Names
Premiership Rugby

TV Rights
US - NBC Sports [2016-2021]

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Upcoming Events
24 Sep 22 Bristol Rugby  - London Irish
24 Sep 22 Northampton Sai  - Leicester Tiger
24 Sep 22 Saracens  - Gloucester
24 Sep 22 Worcester Warri  - Newcastle Falco
25 Sep 22 Exeter Chiefs  - Harlequins
30 Sep 22 Newcastle Falco  - Bristol Rugby
01 Oct 22 Saracens  - Leicester Tiger
01 Oct 22 London Irish  - Bath Rugby
01 Oct 22 Sale Sharks  - Exeter Chiefs
01 Oct 22 Gloucester  - Worcester Warri

Latest Results
23 Sep 22 Bath Rugby 31 - 39  Wasps
18 Sep 22 Worcester Warri 21 - 36  Exeter Chiefs
17 Sep 22 Bath Rugby 20 - 37  Sale Sharks
17 Sep 22 Harlequins 27 - 30  Saracens
17 Sep 22 Wasps 8 - 23  Bristol Rugby
17 Sep 22 Leicester Tiger 36 - 21  Newcastle Falco
17 Sep 22 Northampton Sai 38 - 22  London Irish
11 Sep 22 Gloucester 27 - 21  Wasps
11 Sep 22 Sale Sharks 29 - 22  Northampton Sai
10 Sep 22 Newcastle Falco 31 - 40  Harlequins

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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.


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2010-2011

2011-2012

2012-2013

2014-2015

2015-2016

2016-2017

2017-2018

2018-2019

2019-2020

2020-2021

2021-2022

2022-2023

Teams

Bath Rugby

Bristol Rugby

Exeter Chiefs

Gloucester

Harlequins

Leicester Tigers

London Irish

Newcastle Falcons

Northampton Saint

Sale Sharks

Saracens
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Wasps

Worcester Warrior

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