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Gallagher Premiership Rugby 2019-20


The 2019–20 Premiership Rugby is the 33rd season of the top flight of English domestic rugby union competition and the second to be sponsored by Gallagher.[1] The competition is being broadcast by BT Sport for the seventh successive season with five games also simulcast free-to-air on Channel 5. Highlights of each weekend’s games are shown on Channel 5 with extended highlights on BT Sport. The reigning champions entering the season are Saracens, who claimed their fifth title after defeating Exeter Chiefs in the 2019 final. London Irish were promoted as champions from the 2018–19 RFU Championship at the first attempt.

Due to changes to the global rugby calendar, this season started later and will finish later than previous seasons.

On 5 November 2019, Premiership Rugby announced that Saracens would be deducted 35 points in the current season and fined £5.3 million due to undisclosed payments to players in previous seasons.[2] Saracens initially said they would appeal the ruling, but on 18 November announced that they accepted the punishments, with the deduction leaving them 26 points adrift at the bottom of the table.[3] After further failure to comply with the salary cap, Saracens were announced to be automatically relegated at the end of the season on 18 January 2020.[4] On 28 January 2020 this was confirmed with the application of a further 70 point deduction.

On 16 March 2020, the league was suspended for an initial five week period due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Resumption was scheduled for weekend of 24/25/26 April but has since been postponed indefinitely.[6][7] Restart is now targeted to be scheduled for 15 August.

Countries England
Date 18 October 2019 – tba
Relegated Saracens
Matches played 78
Attendance 1,032,510
(average 13,237 per match)
Highest attendance 75,500
Harlequins v Leicester Tigers
28 December 2019
Lowest attendance 3,622
London Irish v Sale Sharks
26 October 2019
Tries scored 403
(average 5.2 per match)
Top point scorer Marcus Smith, (Harlequins)
(79 points)
Top try scorer Ben Earl, (Saracens)
Louis Rees-Zammit, (Gloucester)
(5 tries)

Teams

London Irish, having won the 2018–19 RFU Championship, replaced Newcastle Falcons, who were relegated last season after finishing bottom of the table.

Club Director of Rugby/Head Coach Captain Kit supplier Stadium Capacity City/Area
Bath Stuart Hooper Charlie Ewels Canterbury The Recreation Ground 14,509 Bath
Bristol Bears Pat Lam Steve Luatua Bristol Sport Ashton Gate 27,000 Bristol
Exeter Chiefs Rob Baxter Jack Yeandle Samurai Sportswear Sandy Park 13,593 Exeter
Gloucester David Humphreys Willi Heinz Elite Pro Sports Kingsholm Stadium 16,115 Gloucester
Harlequins Paul Gustard
Billy Millard
Chris Robshaw Adidas Twickenham Stoop 14,800 Twickenham, Greater London
Leicester Tigers Geordan Murphy Tom Youngs Kukri Welford Road 25,849 Leicester
London Irish Declan Kidney Franco van der Merwe
Blair Cowan
Dave Porecki
Stephen Myler
BLK Madejski Stadium 24,161 Reading, Berkshire
Northampton Saints Chris Boyd Teimana Harrison
Alex Waller
Macron Franklin’s Gardens 15,200 Northampton
Sale Sharks Steve Diamond Jono Ross Samurai Sportswear AJ Bell Stadium 12,000 Salford, Greater Manchester
Saracens Mark McCall Brad Barritt Nike Allianz Park 8,500 Barnet, Greater London
Wasps Lee Blackett Dan Robson
Thomas Young
Under Armour Ricoh Arena 32,609 Coventry
Worcester Warriors Alan Solomons GJ van Velze VX3 Sixways Stadium 11,499 Worcester

Leading scorers

Most points

Rank Player Club Points
1 Marcus Smith Harlequins 126
2 Callum Sheedy Bristol 122
3 Robert du Preez Sale 116
4 Rhys Priestland Bath 111
5 Joe Simmonds Exeter 93
6 Duncan Weir Worcester 91
7 James Grayson Northampton 89
8 Stephen Myler London Irish 74
9 Gareth Steenson Exeter 65
10 Jimmy Gopperth Wasps 61
Billy Twelvetrees Gloucester

Most tries

Rank Player Club Tries
1 Ben Earl Saracens 7
Ollie Hassell-Collins London Irish
Zach Kibirige Wasps
Luke Morahan Bristol
Louis Rees-Zammit Gloucester
6 Perry Humphreys Worcester 5
Gabriel Ibitoye Harlequins
Tom Marshall Gloucester
Byron McGuigan Sale
Zach Mercer Bath
Cadan Murley Harlequins
Cobus Reinach Northampton
Sam Simmonds Exeter
Nick Tompkins Saracens
Marland Yarde Sale

Season Attendances

By club

  • Attendances do not include the final at Twickenham.
Club Home
Games
Total Average Highest Lowest % Capacity
Bath 7 99,747 14,250 14,509 13,976 98%
Bristol Bears 7 125,413 17,916 26,399 12,867 66%
Exeter Chiefs 7 86,888 12,413 13,593 11,015 93%
Gloucester 6 83,067 13,845 16,115 12,844 86%
Harlequins 7 158,885 22,698 75,500 13,006 94%
Leicester Tigers 6 118,739 19,790 23,353 17,559 77%
London Irish 6 34,995 5,833 9,259 3,622 24%
Northampton Saints 7 96,040 13,720 15,200 11,412 90%
Sale Sharks 6 43,051 7,175 8,579 5,951 60%
Saracens 6 43,814 7,302 8,500 6,293 86%
Wasps 6 81,415 13,569 24,842 9,503 42%
Worcester Warriors 7 60,455 8,636 11,499 7,297 75%

Highest attendances

Date Game Stadium Attendance
28 December 2019 Harlequins (h) v Leicester Tigers Twickenham 75,500
18 October 2019 Bristol Bears (h) v Bath Ashton Gate 26,399
21 December 2019 Wasps (h) v Harlequins Ricoh Arena 24,842
15 February 2020 Leicester Tigers (h) v Wasps Welford Road 23,353
27 December 2019 Bristol Bears (h) v Wasps Ashton Gate 23,078
21 December 2019 Leicester Tigers (h) v Exeter Chiefs Welford Road 21,219
4 January 2020 Leicester Tigers (h) v Bristol Bears Welford Road 19,807
25 January 2020 Bristol Bears (h) v Gloucester Ashton Gate 18,779
27 October 2019 Leicester Tigers (h) v Saracens Welford Road 18,533
29 February 2020 Leicester Tigers (h) v Worcester Warriors Welford Road 18,268

2017-18 Aviva Premiership Rugby

The 2017– 18 English Premiership is the 31st period of the best flight of English residential rugby union rivalry and the eighth to be supported by Aviva. The opposition is being communicated by BT Sport for the fifth progressive season with five diversions likewise simulcast allowed to-air on Channel 5 out of the blue. Features of each end of the week’s recreations are appeared on Channel 5 with expanded features on BT Sport.

The supreme champions entering the season were Exeter Chiefs, who asserted their first title subsequent to overcoming Wasps in the 2016– 17 last.

After only one season back in the Premiership, Bristol were consigned with two recreations to follow they lost 21– 36 to Wasps at Ashton Gate on 16 April 2017.[2] Bristol’s poor begin to the season, joined with an absence of value enlistment, implied that they generally looked top choices for the drop thus it at last demonstrated. They were supplanted by London Irish who made a quick come back to the prevalence after only one season in the Greene King IPA Championship.

2017–18 Aviva Premiership
Countries England
Date 1 September 2017 – 26 May 2018
Matches played 42
Attendance 518,565
(average 12,347 per match)
Tries scored 246
(average 5.857 per match)
Top point scorer Marcus Smith (Harlequins)
(71 points)
Top try scorer Byron McGuigan (Sale Sharks)
(6 tries)

Teams

Club Coach Captain Kit supplier Stadium Capacity City/Area
Bath Rugby Rugby Club Bath Todd Blackadder Matt Garvey Canterbury The Recreation Ground 14,500 Bath, Somerset
Exeter Chiefs Rob Baxter Jack Yeandle Samurai Sportswear Sandy Park 12,600 Exeter, Devon
Gloucester David Humphreys Willi Heinz XBlades Kingsholm Stadium 16,500 Gloucester, Gloucestershire
Harlequins John Kingston James Horwill Adidas Twickenham Stoop 14,816 Twickenham, Greater London
Leicester Tigers Matt O’Connor Tom Youngs Kukri Welford Road 25,849 Leicester, Leicestershire
London Irish Nick Kennedy David Paice XBlades Madejski Stadium 24,161 Reading, Berkshire
Newcastle Falcons Dean Richards Will Welch ISC Kingston Park 10,200 Newcastle, Tyne and Wear
Northampton Saints Jim Mallinder Dylan Hartley Macron Franklin’s Gardens 15,500 Northampton, Northamptonshire
Sale Sharks Steve Diamond Will Addison Samurai Sportswear AJ Bell Stadium 12,000 Salford, Greater Manchester
Saracens Mark McCall Brad Barritt BLK Allianz Park 10,000 Barnet, Greater London
Wasps Dai Young Joe Launchbury Under Armour Ricoh Arena 32,609 Coventry, West Midlands
Worcester Warriors Gary Gold Donncha O’Callaghan Under Armour Sixways Stadium 12,024 Worcester, Worcestershire

Records

Winners

# Team Wins Winning Years
1 Leicester Tigers 10 1987–88, 1994–95, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2001–02,
2006–07, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2012–13
2 Bath 6 1988–89, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1995–96
3 Wasps 6 1989–90, 1996–97, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2007–08
4 Saracens 3 2010–11, 2014–15, 2015–16
5 Newcastle Falcons 1 1997–98
6 Sale Sharks 1 2005–06
7 Harlequins 1 2011–12
8 Northampton Saints 1 2013–14
9 Exeter Chiefs 1 2016–17

Player records

Appearances

Rank Player Club(s) Years Apps
1 Steve Borthwick Bath, Saracens 1998–2014 265
2 George Chuter Saracens, Leicester 1997–2014 262
Phil Dowson Newcastle, Northampton, Worcester 2001–2017
4 Charlie Hodgson Sale, Saracens 2000–2016 254
5 Tom May Newcastle, Northampton, London Welsh 1999–2015 247
6 Hugh Vyvyan Newcastle, Saracens 1998–2012 245
7 Richard Wigglesworth Sale, Saracens 2002– 244
8 Simon Shaw Wasps 1997–2011 237
9 Andy Goode Leicester, Saracens, Worcester, Wasps, Newcastle 1998–2016 236
10 Stuart Hooper Saracens, Leeds, Bath 2000–2016 232

Points

Rank Player Club(s) Years Points
1 Charlie Hodgson Sale, Saracens 2000–2016 2,623
2 Andy Goode Leicester, Saracens, Worcester, Wasps, Newcastle 1998–2016 2,285
3 Nick Evans Harlequins 2008–2017 1,656
4 Stephen Myler Northampton 2006– 1,648
5 Olly Barkley Bath, Gloucester, London Welsh 2001–2015 1,605
6 Jonny Wilkinson Newcastle 1997–2008 1,489
7 Gareth Steenson Exeter 2010– 1,286
8 Barry Everitt London Irish, Northampton 2000–2010 1,267
9 Tim Stimpson Newcastle, Leicester, Leeds 1997–2005 1,243
10 Paul Grayson Northampton 1997–2005 1,238

Tries

Rank Player Club(s) Years Tries
1 Tom Varndell Leicester, Wasps, Bristol 2004–2017 93
2 Mark Cueto Sale 2001–2015 90
3 Chris Ashton Northampton, Saracens 2008–2017 80
4 Steve Hanley Sale 1998–2007 75
5 Christian Wade Wasps 2011– 69
6 Paul Sackey Bedford, London Irish, Wasps, Harlequins 1999–2014 68
7 Tom Voyce Bath, Wasps, Gloucester, London Welsh 2000–2013 66
8 James Simpson-Daniel Gloucester 2000–2013 63
9 Neil Back Leicester 1997–2005 59
10 Ben Cohen Northampton, Sale 1997–2011 58