With the Investec Champions Cup set to return this weekend, eight English clubs are readying themselves for the start of Europe’s biggest club rugby competition.
The top two teams of the Premiership prior to this weekend both lost in what turned out to be a thrilling Round 8.
The Investec Champions Cup begins Dec. 8 across Europe and South Africa as 24 of some of the best rugby clubs in the world compete for the European championship.
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.
Less than a month after clinching a historic Rugby World Cup victory, two-time Rugby World Cup winner Handre Pollard showcased his prowess for the Leicester Tigers in a thrilling East Midlands derby against the Northampton Saints.
The road to Tottenham HotSpur Stadium begins Dec. 8.
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.
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.
Since joining the United Rugby Championship in 2021, the DHL Stormers have been one of the best rugby teams playing in Europe. They reached back-to-back URC Grand Finals, won the championship in 2022 and went 12-2-4 in the 2023 regular season.
Sometimes, having a few options in one position is a good thing. It shows the team has depth and gives coaches a chance to tinker and play around with what works best, not just for them, but for the team as a whole.
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.
Former international Chris Ashton has shared his thoughts on how England will do at the upcoming Rugby World Cup in France.