Aviva Premiership

Champions Cup Spotlight - Bath Rugby Find Their Feet Against the European Champions

Emma Thurston | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

Professional sport can be agonising and I expect that if you ask any neutral that watched yesterday's match at the Stade Felix Mayol they will say that the visitors deserved a draw, at the very least. 

Frustration for Bath Rugby

Emma Thurston | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

Confidence is one of the most difficult things to find in professional sport. When you have it, it propels you to greatness that you didn't think was possible however when you lose it, it is the most difficult thing to find in the world - the smallest needle in the largest of haystacks.

The First Day of the Rest of My Life

Tom May | Posted 14.07.2016 | UK Sport
Tom May

Six weeks ago, I played my last professional game of rugby. The chapter of my life that started with my debut at Newcastle at the age of 19, ended at 36 in Oxford with the final shrill of a referee's whistle. Just like that, Tom May, London Welsh captain became Tom May former rugby player. So what now?

The Aviva Premiership Final 2015

Emma Thurston | Posted 29.05.2016 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

Exactly eight months and 18 days after the Wayne Barnes blew the whistle to open the Aviva Premiership Season at Franklin's Gardens we found out which two Aviva Premiership sides would go head to head for the 2015 trophy; Saracens and Bath.

Steffon Armitage - The Only Choice

Tom Byrne | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Byrne

The RFU policy on selection for the England team is frustrating; if you want to represent your country you must play your club rugby in England. The idea is simple; to make sure the best English players are playing week in week out for our clubs...

Crucial Year for England Rugby - Neil Back's Insight on New Premiership Season and Elite Squad Selection

Vicky Chan | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Vicky Chan

The first round of domestic rugby's top flight Aviva Premiership is complete, and each fixture was packed with the sort of excitement and intensity only rugby can bring. I spoke to former Lions and England international Neil Back MBE on Saturday morning before the London Double Header.

Normal Service Resumes...

Emma Thurston | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

For England's domestic rugby fans today is that day, rugby's Christmas Day and in a few short hours the Northampton Saints and Gloucester Rugby will kick off the 2014/15 Aviva Premiership Season.

2014-2015 Rugby Season Wishlist

Abdullah Mahmood | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Sport
Abdullah Mahmood

England under Stuart Lancaster seem to be building something special (though we've been saying that for over two years now) but they haven't got a Six Nations title or currently a consistent record against the Sanzar nations. Yet they have provided moments and performances that suggest they could challenge in the long run or if the stars align next year.

Answering 'That' Question...

Emma Thurston | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Sport
Emma Thurston

There are rarely any dull moments; huge collisions, eye-watering feat, fierce rivalries and deft skills means that if you switch off for a second during a match you'll miss something... Rugby is a physically dangerous sport, on a weekly and even daily basis players put their bodies and indeed lives on the line.

Don't Let English Clubs Mess With Premiership Calendar

Windsor Roberts | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK Sport
Windsor Roberts

The Premier League final could be moved from its logical place at the end of the domestic season to a new slot in late January or early February to make room for a new cross-border competition, under controversial plans from England's top clubs.

Why Rugby Is Better Than Football #5,846: No Transfer Deadline Day

Windsor Roberts | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Sport
Windsor Roberts

And so the curtain has closed on another transfer deadline day. The highs, the lows, the nail-biting drama, the tens of millions of pounds spent by clubs in just a few short hours - it's everything that's wrong with top-level football.

Why England Shouldn't Pick Euro-Chasers (Rugby)

Windsor Roberts | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK Sport
Windsor Roberts

England are right to exclude overseas-based players from the national team. It's no secret that the giants of the French Top 14 are prepared to splash some serious cash to snap up top players. Racing Metro and Toulon in particular let their chequebooks do the talking over the close season; the Parisian giants snapped up the likes of Dan Lydiate, Jamie Roberts and Jonny Sexton, while their south coast rivals added South Africa legend Bryan Habana and others to their already star-studded squad.

Saracens Confirm A Minute's Silence Will Be Held For Thatcher Vs Worcester Warriors

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.04.2013 | UK Sport

Saracencs have confirmed they will hold a minute's silence for Margaret Thatcher before their Aviva Premiership match with Worcester Warriors on Satur...

BT Buys Premiership Rugby TV Rights To Step Up Pressure On BSkyB

Posted 12.09.2012 | UK Sport

BT has stepped up its battle against BSkyB by adding Premiership rugby to top flight football on its forthcoming sports channel. In one of the bigg...

London Welsh Deserve Better From The Aviva Premiership's Closed Shop

David Hobbs | Posted 23.07.2012 | UK Sport
David Hobbs

Newcastle Falcons have been saved from relegation from rugby's Aviva Premiership while London Welsh are denied their shot at the top flight because of rigid rules that favour the status quo. Is rugby union really as progressive as it thinks?