2020–21 Premiership Rugby

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The 2020–21 Premiership Rugby will be the 34th season of the top flight of English domestic rugby union competition and the third to be sponsored by Gallagher.[1] The competition will be broadcast by BT Sport for the eighth successive season with five games also simulcast free-to-air on Channel 5. Highlights of each weekend's games are to be shown on Channel 5 with extended highlights on BT Sport.

The reigning champions entering the season are Exeter Chiefs who claimed their second title after defeating Wasps in the 2020 final. Newcastle Falcons were promoted as champions from the 2019–20 RFU Championship at the first attempt.

Due to changes to the global rugby calendar implemented this year and the COVID-19 pandemic truncating the previous season, this season features a later start and later finish and will take place over a reduced timeframe of 32 weeks.[2] The season also features a two-week break in January due to the suspension of both of the European Professional Club Rugby competitions.[3]

Salary Cap[edit source | edit]

This season is the last under the current regulations before changes are made next season and again in 2024–25.[4]

Teams[edit source | edit]

Newcastle Falcons, having won the 2019–20 RFU Championship, replaced Saracens, who were relegated last season after finishing bottom of the table due to 105 points deductions.

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Club Director of Rugby/Head Coach Captain Kit supplier Stadium Capacity City/Area
Bath England Stuart Hooper England Charlie Ewels Macron The Recreation Ground 14,509 Bath
Bristol Bears Template:Country data SAM Pat Lam New Zealand Steve Luatua Umbro Ashton Gate 27,000 Bristol
Exeter Chiefs England Rob Baxter OBE England Jack Yeandle
England Joe Simmonds MBE
Samurai Sportswear Sandy Park 13,593 Exeter
Gloucester England George Skivington England Lewis Ludlow Elite Pro Sports Kingsholm Stadium 16,115 Gloucester
Harlequins Template:Country data AUS Billy Millard (General Manager (Rugby)) South Africa Stephan Lewies Adidas Twickenham Stoop[lower-alpha 1] 14,800 Twickenham, Greater London
Leicester Tigers England Steve Borthwick England Tom Youngs Samurai Sportswear Mattioli Woods Welford Road 25,849 Leicester
London Irish Template:Country data IRE Declan Kidney Template:Country data SCO Blair Cowan
Template:Country data IRE Paddy Jackson
Template:Country data AUS Nick Phipps
England Matt Rogerson
BLK Brentford Community Stadium 17,250 Brentford, London
Newcastle Falcons England Dean Richards England Mark Wilson Macron Kingston Park 10,200 Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Northampton Saints New Zealand Chris Boyd England Lewis Ludlam
England Alex Waller
Macron Franklin's Gardens 15,200 Northampton
Sale Sharks England Alex Sanderson[lower-alpha 2] South Africa Jono Ross Samurai Sportswear AJ Bell Stadium 12,000 Salford, Greater Manchester
Wasps England Lee Blackett England Dan Robson
Wales Thomas Young
Under Armour Ricoh Arena 32,609 Coventry
Worcester Warriors South Africa Alan Solomons England Ted Hill[lower-alpha 3] O'Neills Sixways Stadium 11,499 Worcester


Table[edit source | edit]

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Fixtures[edit source | edit]

Fixtures for the season were announced by Premiership Rugby on 29 September 2020 - this was delayed from July due to the previous season being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.[6]

The London Double Header no longer features after being discontinued in 2018.[7]

All fixtures are subject to change; in particular the start of the season, due to potential restrictions relating to any rise in instances of COVID-19 in the playing community.

Regular season[edit source | edit]

The regular season began on 20 November 2020.

Round 1[edit source | edit]

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Play-offs[edit source | edit]

As in previous seasons, the top four teams in the Premiership table, following the conclusion of the regular season, contest the play-off semi-finals in a 1st vs 4th and 2nd vs 3rd format, with the higher ranking team having home advantage. The two winners of the semi-finals then meet in the Premiership Grand Final at Twickenham on 26 June 2021.

Leading scorers[edit source | edit]

Note: Flags to the left of player names indicate national team as has been defined under World Rugby eligibility rules, or primary nationality for players who have not yet earned international senior caps. Players may hold one or more non-WR nationalities.

Notes[edit source | edit]

  1. Harlequins will also play a home game at Twickenham Stadium, London
  2. Sanderson was appointed Director of Rugby in January 2021 following the departure of former Director of Rugby Steve Diamond in December 2020.[5]
  3. Hill was named as Worcester's club captain in July 2020, with Matt Moulds serving as team captain.

References[edit source | edit]

  1. "Gallagher confirmed as new title sponsors of Premiership Rugby". 12 April 2018. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  2. "Gallagher Premiership release full fixture list for rescheduled season". RugbyPass. 2020-08-06. Retrieved 2020-09-15.
  3. "Premiership Rugby takes two-week break". Premiership Rugby. Retrieved 2021-01-11.
  4. "Premiership Rugby clubs unanimously vote to temporarily reduce the salary cap". Premiership Rugby. Retrieved 2020-06-11.
  5. "Sale Sharks appoint Alex Sanderson as Director of Rugby". Sale Sharks. 2021-01-15. Retrieved 2021-01-15.
  6. @premrugby (28 September 2020). "IN 24 HOURS you'll know how the 2020/21 #GallagherPrem season will look Police cars revolving light What's always the best fixture of the year for your team? Crossed swords #RugbyFixturesDay" (Tweet). Retrieved 2020-09-28 – via Twitter.
  7. "Gallagher Premiership Rugby 2019-20 fixtures announced". Premiership Rugby. Premiership Rugby. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  8. "2020-21 Premiership Rugby top points scorers". ESPNScrum. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  9. "2020-21 Premiership Rugby top try scorers". ESPNscrum. Retrieved 27 December 2020.

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