Premiership Rugby

Final round playoff hopes hang in balance for Tier One leagues

Over two hemispheres, final round playoff hopes hang in the balance for leading Tier One nation leagues of Premiership Rugby and Super Rugby Pacific. With the leading sides all but set, it is now up to those in the fight to make the semi-finals of the 2021/22 Premiership, and complete the Top eight places in […]

Leicester Tigers' toughest challenge
Elliott Butlin - May 4, 2022

Last Saturday’s emotional victory over Bristol Bears secured Leicester Tigers a home semi-final in the end-of-season play-offs. This weekend however is Leicester Tigers’ toughest challenge yet as European heavyweights Leinster roll into town, for what should be a mouth-watering clash in the Champions Cup Quarter-Final. As to be expected, the fixture has caught the excitement […]

Bath Rugby 2021/22
Edward Munro-Martin - May 4, 2022

Bath Rugby 2021/22 has been a season that as much as they may want to, the club can never forget. Not only do they sit bottom of the Gallagher Premiership with just two rounds remaining, but the number of landslide losses they have been subjected to is simply unacceptable for a club with such history […]

Worcester Warriors club update: Exit interviews, Premiership Cup final and hard work
Tom Wade - May 4, 2022

After 24 rounds of Gallagher Premiership rugby, the Worcester Warriors club is now scheduled to play their final game of the 2021/22 season. However, as we all know by now – and with all thanks to a certain club from London – that final fixture at home to Bath Rugby will not take place until […]

Owen Farrell
Edward Munro-Martin - Apr 28, 2022

With two ankle injuries, Owen Farrell has been making his way back from four months out of the game. In his absence, Saracens have been winning but inconsistent while on the international stage England finished third on the Six Nations table. An improvement on last year but their attack offered little and the team struggled […]

Leicester Tigers' wing options
Elliott Butlin - Apr 22, 2022

Transfer rumours regarding Leicester Tigers have become less frequent ever since Head Coach Steve Borthwick joined the club in 2020. However, in recent weeks there has been talk of improved Leicester Tigers’ wing options [which are already strong as they are]. Numerous reports that Bath and England’s Anthony Watson has agreed on a deal to […]

Leicester’s European tour continues!
Elliott Butlin - Apr 13, 2022

Leicester’s European tour has already seen them travel to difficult away venues to play tricky and stern opponents, yet come away with a victory. Last Sunday saw them face one of the toughest tests in club rugby as they took on Clermont Auvergne in the bearpit of a stadium that is the Parc Des Sports […]

Gallagher Premiership Playoff race
Harry Nichol - Apr 7, 2022

With just four rounds remaining, the Gallagher Premiership playoff race tightens, but which teams will manage to overcome the body aches and pains that are beginning to set in and grasp onto a semi-final spot.  Despite the fact, Leicester Tigers and Saracens have already booked a place in the semis, the race for 3rd and […]

Leicester Tigers 'big April' commences
Elliott Butlin - Apr 7, 2022

We are fast approaching the business end of the season, with each week bringing a fixture of significant proportions. After enjoying a bye week last weekend, the Leicester Tigers’ big April commences this Sunday. The Tigers travel to France to play European hotshots Clermont Auvergne in the first of their two legs of their Heineken […]

Worcester Warriors
Tom Wade - Apr 3, 2022

Worcester Warriors welcomed Newcastle Falcons to Sixways on Saturday afternoon as they looked to register successive wins in the Gallagher Premiership for the first time since September 2020. Additionally, the hosts were also looking to register a first win over the Falcons in five meetings between the two teams. Warriors returned to action after last […]

Is Premiership Rugby Cup fit for purpose?
Edward Munro-Martin - Mar 31, 2022

The Premiership Rugby Cup has gone through several forms in recent years. It has contained teams from Wales and England and known as the Anglo-Welsh Cup and we have seen the tournament under the sponsored name, the LV Cup. Currently, with the addition of a thirteenth team to the Gallagher Premiership, we have the most […]

Elliott Butlin - Mar 31, 2022

This year’s 6 Nations period was a tough one for Leicester Tigers as they undertook seven league fixtures without their key England internationals, without having the luxury of a bye week. In addition, they also made the trip to Newcastle to take on the Falcons in the Premiership Cup. After such a grueling period, they […]

Saracens vs Bristol
Connor Dickins - Mar 27, 2022

Bristol stalwart Joe Joyce busts through the defence in the dying minutes of Saracens vs Bristol. He sees Jack Bates charging on, and pops the ball to him. Bates gallops towards the try-line, and the crowd erupts at Tottenham Hotspur’s immaculate stadium. Max Malins admits to thinking at the time: “That’s the end of it […]

Worcester Warriors
Tom Wade - Mar 22, 2022

Worcester Warriors are set to make the short trip down the M5 to Kingsholm on Friday night as they take on Gloucester in a derby under the lights. After a week’s break from Gallagher Premiership duties, the Warriors return to league action as they go hunting for a second-ever league win at Gloucester. Steve Diamond […]

Worcester Wolves' Alex Hearle celebrates scoring his team's fifth try at Sixways Stadium
Tom Wade - Mar 16, 2022

The Worcester Warriors put in their best performance under the Steve Diamond regime so far on Saturday afternoon at Sixways as they hosted in-form Exeter Chiefs. After suffering a big 43-12 loss to London Irish in round 19, the Warriors needed to bounce back if they were to pull themselves off the bottom of the […]

Steve Diamond gives his thoughts ahead of Worcester Warriors v Exeter Chiefs
Tom Wade - Mar 10, 2022

To say last weekend didn’t exactly ‘go to plan’ would be a massive understatement. A loss to London Irish means the Worcester Warriors v Exeter Chiefs match adds a further dose of pressure to the Gallagher Premiership club. Not only did they suffer a huge 42-12 away defeat to London Irish but, head coach Steve […]

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Indigo Group Premiership

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Spanish Rugby RWC self-immolation
Edward Anderson - May 26, 2022

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NRL converts: Australia looking to boost chances of home RWC success
Edward Munro-Martin - May 26, 2022

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