The top two teams of the Premiership prior to this weekend both lost in what turned out to be a thrilling Round 8.
Round 8 of the Premiership will be the final weekend of English domestic action, before European rugby gets underway.
It may not have been as entertaining as derby weekend, but Round 7 of the Premiership season still packed in plenty of entertainment.
Following the successful launch of the Premiership derby weekend in the previous round, the league now reverts back to its usual ebb and flow.
This weekend will bring around the first West Country Derby of the Premiership season, as the league gears up for another action-packed round of rugby.
From a fully operational Saracens reminding the league why they’re reigning champions to an incredible solo score at the Stoop, Round 4 of the 2023-2024 Gallagher Premiership season offered up a fair serving of excitement and drama across the board.
Now that the 2023 Rugby World Cup has ended, attention turns to domestic club rugby and the drama that awaits in the Premiership.
With the 2023 Rugby World Cup still ranging on, it has been a strange start to the Gallagher Premiership season.
The past year has put the Premiership on its knees. From the collapse of the Worcester Warriors, Wasps and London Irish, to the smattering of empty seats at the Premiership final, it’s been a torrid period for the English topflight.
The first key step in preparation for the 2023-2024 EPCR season was taken Wednesday, when the pool draws for the Champions Cup and EPCR Challenge Cup were staged at the superbly appointed Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The Champions Cup continues to dish up entertainment of the highest order and in the latest round of 16, three Top 14 teams were at the very heart of the action.
The Heineken Champions Cup Round of 16 begins on March 31 as some of the best professional rugby teams in the world compete for the European championship.
In-form Northampton dealt Gloucester’s playoff hopes another blow with a 41-34 victory in a compelling affair at the cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens.
Kieran Crowley has named an Italy team to play England this Sunday in the Guinness Six Nations that shows two changes from the 15 that gave defending champion France a scare last weekend.
As the Champions Cup pool stage draws to a close, attention now turns to the knockouts and the favorites lining up for the Round of 16.