The 2020/21 Gallagher Premiership is set to get underway on November 21 following today’s announcement of remaining fixtures for the 2019/20 season. Robert Rees brings you the latest from Premiership Rugby HQ.
November 21 planned starting date
Premiership Rugby today confirmed in their 2019/20 fixture re-launch that next season’s action is planned for a November 21 start, following on from an October 24 final.
PRL working with RFU for test release player
“We’ve had a huge amount of collaboration over 2020 with the RFU and I think we are pretty much done on an agreement for the rest of the year [on player release] that respects the club game,” said Gallagher Premiership Rugby CEO Darren Childs.
Player game time could be limited to aid player welfare
Speaking on whether players could be limited in terms of game time to avoid player welfare issues surrounding midweek fixtures Premiership Rugby’s Rugby Director Phil Winstanley said, “Damian Hopley of the RPA, Conor O’Shea [RFU Director of Performance Rugby] and myself are looking at this. Do we limit the amount of minutes, do we bring in rest periods, do we limit back-to-back games and we will come up with a solution before the start of the season.”
“That’s not finalised yet, but progression has been made.”
BT Sport look set to re-sign TV deal
“We’ve got a great relationship with BT and there are ongoing negotiations that have been happening for some time. Dealing on the COVID issue has refocused everybody and we’ll keep having those conversations.
“It’s too early yet to speak of any specific detail.”
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