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.
Round 8 of the Premiership will be the final weekend of English domestic action, before European rugby gets underway.
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.
The road to Tottenham HotSpur Stadium begins Dec. 8.
It has been a rough couple of years for North American rugby on the international side of things, but as for the continent’s many individual players carving out careers in the sport worldwide? They’re doing OK for themselves — and most no doubt will be determined to use club form to propel and help take their national teams back to the sport’s biggest stage, the Rugby World Cup.
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.
It’s fair to say not all eyes were on the Premiership over the weekend, with bigger games taking place in Paris on Friday and Saturday night.
With the 2023 Rugby World Cup still ranging on, it has been a strange start to the Gallagher Premiership 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.