Saracens stormed into the Aviva Premiership play-offs with a victory over relegated London Welsh. There is still plenty to play for in the final round of the regular Aviva Premiership season on Saturday. Stuart Barnes says that players should not be banned for accidental acts after Iain Henderson was red-carded for Ulster.
Northampton Saints should secure a home Aviva Premiership semi-final when they host relegated London Welsh on Saturday. London Welsh back-rower Chris Hala'ufia has been suspended for five weeks after pleading guilty to striking an opponent. Matt Corker has agreed new terms with London Welsh to stay with the club for a ninth season. Leicester Tigers were forced to struggle past London Welsh for a bonus-point Aviva Premiership victory. Latest Filters. The Premiership consists of twelve clubs, and is the top division of the English rugby union system.
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 , and has evolved into the current Premiership system.
The current champions are Exeter Chiefs. The most recently promoted side are Newcastle Falcons , who returned to the top flight in 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 fixtures 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. In the RFU sanctioned a national knock-out cup — the RFU Club Competition, the predecessor to the Anglo-Welsh Cup — followed first by regional merit tables and then, in the mids, by national merit tables.
One of the casualties of the move to competitive leagues was the loss of some traditional games as the new fixture lists didn't allow time for all of them. The league system has evolved since its start in when the Courage Leagues were formed — a league pyramid with roughly 1, clubs playing in leagues, each with promotion and relegation. In the first season , clubs were expected to arrange the fixtures on mutually convenient dates.
That first season was an unqualified success, with clubs in the upper echelons of the national leagues reporting increased crowds, interest from both local backers and national companies, and higher skill levels among players exposed to regular competition. The fears that leagues would lead to greater violence on the field proved largely unfounded.
By the next season , the RFU allocated fixed Saturdays to the league season, removing the clubs' responsibility for scheduling matches. There was no home and away structure to the leagues in those early seasons, as sides played one another only once. Initially two teams, Bath and Leicester , proved to be head and shoulders above the rest in the Courage League, and between them dominated the top of the table.
In the league structure expanded to include a full rota of home and away matches for the first time. The —95 season was the first to be shown live on Sky Sports , a relationship which continued until the —14 season when BT Sport acquired the exclusive rights.
The league turned professional for the —97 season when the first winners were 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.
The start of the —01 season brought with it a re-vamping of the season structure. In — an eight-team playoff the Championship was introduced. However, the team finishing top of the table at the end of the regular season was still considered English champions "Premiership title". Halfway through the —02 season, with Leicester odds-on to win their fourth title in succession, it was controversially decided that the winners of the eight-team playoff would be crowned English champions.
From the beginning of the —03 season, a new playoff format was introduced to replace the 8-team Championship. The format required the first-placed team in the league to play the winner of a match between the second- and third-placed teams.
Critically, the winner of this game the Premiership Final would be recognised as English champions. Although Gloucester won the league by a clear margin, they then faced a three-week wait until the final. Having lost their momentum, they were beaten by second-placed Wasps who had defeated third-placed Northampton in the play-offs.
The playoff structure was reformatted in the —06 season in which the first-placed team would play the fourth placed team in a semi-final a Shaughnessy playoff. Since the implementation of the playoff system, only four teams have won both the regular season and playoffs in the same year: Leicester in —01 the first year of the playoffs , —09 and —10, Sale Sharks in —06, Harlequins in —12 and Saracens in — Of all the Premiership teams, Wasps have made a reputation for playing the competition format to perfection, peaking at the right time to be crowned English Champions in , , and Wasps did not lead the league standings at the end of the season in any of these years.
Conversely, Gloucester have garnered an unfortunate reputation for leading the table at the end of the regular season, only to fall short of winning the Premiership title, losing finals in , , and Gloucester's single victory in the playoffs, in , occurred when league leaders Leicester were still considered English champions, meaning Gloucester's Championship victory was considered secondary. The —12 season saw Harlequins add their name to the trophy on their first attempt, winning 30—23 against the nine-times champions Leicester.
Leicester would have to wait until —13 for their 10th championship, where they defeated Northampton in the final. The —14 Aviva Premiership season saw Northampton become the 8th different team to win the trophy. This was achieved when they defeated Leicester Tigers in the semi-final 21—20, thus denying Leicester a 10th Consecutive Final. With the future of the Heineken Cup uncertain beyond —14, due to a row between England's Premiership Rugby Limited and France's LNR on one side and the sport's governing bodies on the other, Premiership Rugby Limited explored several moves toward expanding its brand into the United States.
The "Barbarians" were intended to play matches in August in the U. The first match under the new deal was held on 16 September , with Newcastle Falcons taking their home fixture against Saracens to the Talen Energy Stadium in the Philadelphia suburb of Chester, Pennsylvania. The game was shown live on NBC.
In —20, once again no matches were scheduled to take place in the US. In March , allegations emerged that Saracens may have broken the league's salary cap. In June, Premiership Rugby announced that they would investigate the allegations. It also included Saracens claim that the Salary Cap was unenforceable under competition law, this defence was rejected.
On 28 January , Premiership Rugby applied a further 70 point deduction for the —20 season to ensure Saracens would finish bottom of the league table. A total of 28 clubs have been involved in the top-flight since the league's inception in the —88 season. The most recent club to make its debut in the Premiership was London Welsh , which made their top flight debut in — Four clubs— Bath , Gloucester , Leicester and Wasps —have appeared in every season to date.
Harlequins have only missed the —06 season. Below, the —21 clubs are listed in bold ; ever-present clubs are listed in bold italics. Years listed are the calendar years in which the seasons ended. Source: . The Premiership Rugby season typically runs from September to June and comprises 22 rounds of matches, with each club playing each other home and away.
The results of the matches contribute points to the league as follows :. Following the completion of the regular season, the top 4 teams enter the play-offs, which are held in June. The top two teams receive home advantage, the league leaders hosting the 4th ranked team, and the 2nd place team hosting the 3rd place team.
The winners of these semi-finals progress to the final, held at Twickenham Stadium , with the winner of the final being Premiership Champions. There is a system of promotion and relegation to and from the Premiership. The last placed club after the 22 regular season rounds of the Premiership is relegated into the RFU Championship. Through the —17 season, the winner of the Championship play-offs was promoted to the Premiership for the subsequent season; the Championship play-offs were then scrapped and replaced by automatic promotion for the top club on the final Championship table.
Promotion and relegation regardless of the format used are subject to Minimum Standards Criteria. They were denied promotion under the criteria, reprieving Newcastle Falcons from relegation, but successfully appealed against their block and achieved promotion anyway.
The top six teams qualify for the next season's European Rugby Champions Cup whilst the team in seventh place may advance to a playoff for another place. Between and , the team at the top of the league was crowned English champions. Since —03, the winner of the league has been determined by a Premiership Final, which takes place at Twickenham and consists of two rounds of knock-out play amongst the top four teams.
Most seasons at least one team has been relegated at the end of the season, although in there was no relegation to allow division expansion, and in Leeds were given a reprieve because the Division One champions did not have a suitable ground to allow promotion.
Bold italics denote players active in the —21 Premiership. The English Premiership operates a salary cap,  set by the Premiership Rugby Board, specifying the money a club can spend on the player salaries of its squad per season. Since the —16 season, each club has been allowed to exclude two players from the cap calculations, an increase from one in prior seasons. The first "excluded player" slot can be filled by any player on a team's current roster who meets any of the following criteria:.
The second slot can only be filled by a player who had been outside the Premiership for at least one full season before signing his initial contract with his current Premiership club. For purposes of the exclusion rule, "initial contract" means the first contract signed for the —16 season or later, meaning that a player who returned to a prior Premiership club after spending at least one full season outside the Premiership can qualify for the second slot.
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London Welsh began a new era with victory against Watford in the ninth tier of English rugby. An application by the taxman to wind up debt-ridden London Welsh has been adjourned until after Christmas. London Welsh have confirmed that the club is to seek voluntary liquidation. Bosses at London Welsh have told a judge they can pay money owed to the taxman. London Welsh centre Guy Armitage will join Wasps at the end of the season.
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Newcastle Falcons will now be relegated to the Championship after finishing bottom of the Premiership last season. London Welsh learned that they would be barred from the Premiership on the day of the first leg of their Championship play-off final but it did not deter them from going on to a aggregate victory. The club then announced it would appeal against the RFU's ruling that stipulated that Welsh had not qualified for promotion because they did not have primacy of tenure at Oxford's Kassam Stadium - where they intend to play their home fixtures.
That point was upheld by the panel, and indeed conceded by Welsh at the appeal, but the issue of competition law was decreed to be of greater significance. The ruling prompted the RFU's chief executive officer Ian Ritchie to announce a review of how clubs are judged for promotion to the Premiership. In a statement, London Welsh added: "The fundamental strength of our case was based not only on overwhelming legal merits, including in particular anti-competition grounds, but also on the fairness and justice of rewarding through promotion the team winning on the pitch.
Exiles chairman Bleddyn Phillips was delighted with the result and was positive about sharing the Kassam Stadium next season. I think that if there are two professional teams who want to and are willing to work together, then we will be able to very amicably resolve our plans for next season. Saracens have been Premiership champions in , , and Reigning champions Saracens will begin the defence of their Premiership title with their longest trip of the season to Newcastle Falcons on 2 September.
Plenty of people care a lot, you have a team on your doorstep that's finished 2nd, 1st and 2nd in the last 3 seasons yet you have a username that perpetuates everyone's stereotype about Man Utd fans and their proximity to Old Trafford. Comment posted by Munster, at 6 Jul Munster. Posted by Bramley There's no point in responding to Darren.
His mum only lets him use the computer once a day and then it's back to the crayons. Looking forward for next season. Glad to know Chris Ashton is back to home soil. Future visions: scrap top 4 play-offs and provide some real support for the Championship. It should help the English Rugby to be more player friendly and competitive. Stop the play offs - the team who finish top are deserved champions after 22 punishing rounds.
Comment posted by Adam, at 6 Jul Adam Exeter are the real league champions as they had the leagues highest points score. Winning a stupid little knockout competition at the end of a long hard fought league competition should never ever entitle a team to be called league champions.
If this is the case, then why do Exeter supporters insist on calling themselves champions season? Comment posted by Saints88, at 6 Jul Saints Can't wait for the new season to start, will finally be something decent on TV to watch! As a Saints fan I'm nervously optimistic this year! Top 6 will be good for now! Posted by Trytastic I can see Wasps giving Saracens a run for their money this year. Exeter should still be up there but yes, you'd have to put your money on Saracens.
The more games the better as far as I'm concerned. Comment posted by newtohys, at 6 Jul newtohys. Usual focus on London clubs, Saracens in particular. Other clubs are available and committed to this league, not obsessed with trophy players and then complaining when they are tired from doing what they are paid well for, or missing playing for England.
Comment posted by Trytastic, at 6 Jul Trytastic. One question, why have Exeter signed Cuthbert, he is a complete donkey? Comment posted by Toast, at 6 Jul Toast. One is a sport, the other one is Football. Comment posted by rugby is my game, at 6 Jul rugby is my game. I'm not against football,I'm a Forest fan but just now,the behaviour of the players is appalling in the Uruguay v France match. Rugby has it's problems but not like this!
Still going on as I write. Like the Colombians v England. I do agree with you that the playoffs help soften the blow of losing players to internationals, but its still a little odd to tear up what a side has done for the previous 22 games for a small mini-tournament. Also helps a side peaking at the right time.
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