# Premiership

Last year
# salary cap
Sam Simmonds ‘goes with our blessing’, says Exeter boss Rob Baxter
The England forward will head to France’s Top 14 next year.
# Irish Abroad
Cronin, Ryan, Byrne, O'Brien - Irish players set for big Premiership season
The English top flight returns this weekend with a big crop of Irishmen involved.
# hate
Leicester star targeted by online racist abuse after Premiership final victory
Ellis Genge had helped the Tigers to victory against Saracens.
# Premiership
Celtic maintain three-point lead as Scotland's top two do enough for crucial wins
Celtic won 2-0 at home to St Mirren while Rangers kept the pace at St Johnstone.
# Premiership
London Irish come from behind to beat Exeter
Elsewhere, Gloucester enjoyed a 32-22 win away to Newcastle and Northampton were 29-13 winners at Worcester.
# Premiership
Maeda scores on Celtic debut to help beat Hibernian
Josip Juranovic was also on target in the first half from the penalty spot as Celtic moved three points behind Premiership leaders Rangers.
# 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
# Development
'This is not ring-fencing' - Premiership to expand to 14 clubs with relegation paused
Saracens are to rejoin the English top flight after being crowned Greene King IPA Championship winners.
# belief
Quins seal stunning Premiership title after sensational final win over Exeter
Jerry Flannery is a key part of the Quins’ coaching team.
# hard to beat
Rangers move a step closer to invincible Premiership campaign
Joe Aribo and Ryan Kent scored in the win over Hibernian.
# Suspension
Sinckler gets two-game ban for shouting 'Are you f*****g serious?' at referee
The England tighthead prop will miss their opening game of the Six Nations.
# schedule
Premiership opts for two-week break as Top 14 quickly rearranges games
The Champions Cup and Challenge Cup have been suspended.
# The champ champs
Exeter edge Wasps in Premiership final to seal double
The win follows up Exeter’s 31-27 victory over France’s Racing 92 in last week’s Champions Cup final.
# That'll sting
Wasps missing 11 players for Premiership final against Exeter Chiefs
Wasps’ participation in the Twickenham showpiece was in jeopardy due to a number of players testing positive for coronavirus.
# Wrap
'I feel like I've been punched in the face quite a few times,' says Geordan Murphy after Leicester low-point
Tonight’s 54-7 defeat to Wasps comes as the worst of the Irishman’s Welford Road career.
# Irish Abroad
Ryan shines for Racing, Copeland's debut, and Kidney's Exiles struggle
Jeremy Davidson’s Brive are leading the Top 14 after the opening round.
# Irish Abroad
Irish players involved as English Premiership has first midweek games
36-year-old Gareth Steenson helped Rob Baxter’s Exeter to victory last night.
# Irish Abroad
Ex-Ulster back row Montgomery makes Premiership debut for Worcester
Former Ireland U20 centre Oli Morris also featured in the defeat to Wasps.
# hat' tip
Bath appoint former England assistant as new head coach
Neal Hatley has made the step up from forwards coach to the top job.
# New Challenge
Scrum-half Stafford joins Premiership club Harlequins after leaving Munster
The 23-year-old has signed on for the rest of the 2019/20 Premiership season.
# No regrets
Brad Barritt insists time at Saracens has not been tarnished
Barritt won five Premiership and three European titles during his Saracens career.
# Bears
Irish hooker Bryan Byrne joins Pat Lam's Bristol on permanent basis
The 26-year-old was with the Premiership club on loan from Leinster before the lockdown.
# salary cuts
Premiership players say clubs have treated them with 'absolute disregard'
The clubs have agreed to reduce the salary cap by £1.4 million from next season onwards.
# Finances
'Something has to change' - Harlequins back salary cap reduction in Premiership
Reports in the UK suggest a deal has already been agreed.
# Time to go
Ex-Ireland player Humphreys to leave role with Gloucester after six seasons
The Ulster European Cup winner will leave his position as Director of Rugby at the end of June.
# Engage
English Premiership rugby clubs given green light to return to training
Clubs will have to satisfy a number of criteria to make the step.
# loan
England international Isiekwe the latest to leave Saracens on season-long loan
Several Sarries players have left temporarily as the club drops into the Championship.
# Papa don't breach
Premiership clubs face prospect of being stripped of titles for salary cap breaches
Increased powers have been recommended by an independent review.
# Banned
Sale Sharks player suspended for two games after signing for two clubs
Sale Sharks have been been handed a suspended five-point deduction and fined.
# pandemic
Saracens furlough staff and ask high earners to defer wages
They have asked all employees earning over £75,000 to defer payment of their salaries until the start of the 2020/21 season.
# Promoted
Official: Newcastle will replace relegated Saracens in the Premiership
The Falcons had won 15 games from 15 in the Championship before it was cancelled.
# Distasteful
'We no longer feel able to keep quiet' - Promotion favourites Newcastle hit back
Ealing have suggested they will take legal action if Newcastle are promoted.
# Irish Abroad
'It's going to be tough, so this has to be the players' bit of escape'
Bristol Bears’ head of athletic performance, Kevin Geary, explains how the club is training remotely.
# Finances
Three Premiership clubs confirm 25% pay cuts during league suspension
Saracens have also asked staff to take a pay reduction.
# Finished
RFU cancels entire English rugby season apart from the Premiership
The union says it remains in ‘active discussions’ with the top-tier league.
# Premiership
Sean O'Brien in line for London Irish debut after 10 months out
Springbok lock Lood de Jager will also make his Sale debut in the match.
# byrne off
Leinster hooker Byrne makes loan move to Pat Lam's Bristol
Pat Lam needed short-term cover at hooker due to an injury to Harry Thacker.
# exit door
Wasps announce Dai Young has left after nine years with the club
Irishman Ian Costello remains part of the club’s coaching staff.
# disclosure
Saracens 'keen' to see disciplinary report on their cap breach published
However, they have opted to ‘draw a line’ under the issue by declining a full investigative audit.
# Troubles
Emergency meeting at Saracens as threat of relegation looms large
Patience appears to have run out among their rival clubs in England.