# Premiership Rugby

Last year
# New Challenge
Van Graan brings 'big dreams' to Bath after 'phenomenal' five years with Munster
The former Munster boss has given his first interview since joining the English side.
# Fixture List
Next season's Premiership final brought forward to aid England's World Cup preparations
The fixture schedule for the 2022/23 Premiership season has been confirmed.
# top 10s
England duo George Ford and Owen Farrell hailed ahead of Premiership showpiece
The two out-halves will take centre-stage in Saturday’s final at Twickenham.
# back at the top
'It was tough. We got all the heat from the media, but it brought us closer as a group'
Saracens will secure the Premiership crown for a sixth time in 12 seasons if they topple Leicester at Twickenham on Saturday.
# whitewash
Bath concede 10-tries as Gloucester storm to biggest-ever Premiership win
Elsewhere, Leicester beat Bristol 56-26 and Saracens won 38-16 at Worcester.
# Rising Star
Ioan Lloyd produces moment of magic as Bristol end losing run against Sale
The Sharks have not claimed a league win on the road this season.
All time
# Wrap
Unbeaten Leicester Tigers stay top after Bristol thriller
Elsewhere, Saracens swept to a 61-29 win over Worcester Warriors and winless Bath were beaten 40-20 by Gloucester.
# cluster
Sale Sharks' Premiership play-off hopes ended by 27 positive Covid cases
Bath will now face Exeter, while Wasps meet Bristol in the semi-finals.
# England
Midweek games ahead as Premiership rugby unveil hectic restart schedule
Teams will face as low as four-day turnarounds to play out all remaining rounds.
# Coronavirus
Six Premiership rugby players test positive for Covid-19
A further four non-playing staff have also tested positive after 804 tests on Monday.
# Save the Date
Premiership Rugby set to resume on 15 August
‘Nothing will happen until it is safe to do so,’ says Premiership Rugby chief executive.
# medical advice
Bristol centre retires after suffering probable stroke in January
Will Hurrell came off with a head injury during his side’s clash with Leicester in January.
# Rugby
Leaked report on Saracens breach details £1.3 million paid in joint ventures
There is no suggestion that players were complicit in the club’s actions and the report advised against relegating the European champions.
# Truly Sarrie
Saracens accept 'unprecedented' automatic relegation following salary cap breaches
Sarries board want to restore confidence and rebuild trust after accepting punishment.
# Going Down
Premiership Rugby confirm Saracens will be relegated at end of the season
The club will play in the RFU Championship in 2020/21.
# Penalised
Saracens docked 35 points and fined €6.2m for breaching salary cap
The European champions have been heavily sanctioned by Premiership Rugby.
# Cash Injection
Premiership Rugby hail 'landmark' deal after selling €220 million stake to equity firm
The sale of a reported 27% stake will direct funds towards improving facilities and expanding to new markets, say Premiership Rugby.
# Premiership
Leicester end run of six straight defeats ahead of final Champions Cup pool games
Northampton also ended their losing streak in the Premiership earlier.
# In hot water
Bath charged for releasing Taulupe Faletau to Wales outside of Test window
Premiership Rugby have taken a firm stance on the issue.
# Hot Water
Bath likely to be fined for releasing Taulupe Faletau to play for Wales
Premiership Rugby policy prevents clubs from releasing non-English players for Tests outside of the official window.
# tomahawk chop
Exeter Chiefs win epic Premiership final with Ireland's Gareth Steenson kicking 98th minute winner
Chiefs led 14 -10 at half-time, but were held to 20 – 20 after full time and extra-time.
# statement wars
'WRU has failed miserably': Welsh regions angrily reiterate backing for RCC with 'facts'
‘It is yet to be explained why bringing an additional £12m into the game is not in the best interests of Welsh rugby.’
# Out of pocket
Northampton fined £60,000 for allowing George North to play for Wales
Having released the winger outside the IRB’s official Test window, the club has been disciplined by the Premiership.
# defiant
English clubs confirm split from Heineken Cup after this season
Premiership Rugby stakeholders met today to discuss their future in ERC competitions.
# TV Rights
BT row in on Heineken Cup discussion
The TV channel’s chief executive, Marc Watson, says they aren’t at the root of the problem.
# European Rugby
French Federation brand club breakaway 'irrelevant and inappropriate'
The FFR say they will stand in the way of their clubs who hope to join the ‘Rugby Champions Cup’.
# impasse
Jean-Pierre Lux asks ERC stakeholders to 'cease public ultimatums'
The European Rugby Cup CEO repeated the points agreed in this week’s Dublin meeting.
# clock is ticking
Anglo-French tournament now the preferred option -- McCafferty
The Premiership Rugby boss also says he is not concerned whether Pro12 clubs follow the breakaway tournament.
# Twittersphere
'Bury it with the Fairs Cup': Twitter reacts to the Anglo-French rugby breakaway
Are the Heineken Cup’s days really numbered?
# power brokers
Groundwork: 'Productive' meeting for ERC stakeholders in Dublin
The Heineken Cup has at least another two years to run.
# Power Struggle
Tête-à-tête: Premiership's BT deal in breach of regulations, says ERC
The governing body has agreed a new four-year broadcast deal with Sky while contending that Premiership Rugby was not in a position to sell exclusive rights for European cup fixtures.
# windfall
'Game changer': BT secure £152M Premiership Rugby broadcast rights
The deal will also dilute Sky TV’s monopoly on Heineken Cup coverage.
# On the Move
Munster confirm Stringer's short-term move to Saracens
The scrum-half will join English side Saracens for three months after agreement was reached between the two sides.