2019–20 Premiership Rugby

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2019–20 Gallagher Premiership
Countries England
Date20 September 2019 – 20 June 2020
Matches played24
Attendance278,475
(average 11,603 per match)
Highest attendance26,399
Bristol Bears v Bath
18 October 2019
Lowest attendance3,622
London Irish v Sale Sharks
26 October 2019
Tries scored101
(average 4.2 per match)
Top point scorerRobert du Preez, (Sale)
Top try scorerBen Earl, (Saracens)
Tom Marshall, (Gloucester)
Official website
www.premiershiprugby.com

The 2019–20 Premiership Rugby is the 33rd season of the top flight of English domestic rugby union competition and the second to be sponsored by Gallagher.[1] The competition is being broadcast by BT Sport for the seventh successive season with five games also simulcast free-to-air on Channel 5. Highlights of each weekend's games are shown on Channel 5 with extended highlights on BT Sport. The reigning champions entering the season are Saracens, who claimed their fifth title after defeating Exeter Chiefs in the 2019 final. London Irish were promoted as champions from the 2018–19 RFU Championship at the first attempt.

Due to changes to the global rugby calendar, this season started later and will finish later than previous seasons.

Teams[edit]

London Irish, having won the 2018–19 RFU Championship, replaced Newcastle Falcons, who were relegated last season after finishing bottom of the table.

Club Director of Rugby/Head Coach Captain Kit supplier Stadium Capacity City/Area
Bath England Stuart Hooper England Charlie Ewels Canterbury The Recreation Ground[a] 14,500 Bath
Bristol Bears Samoa Pat Lam New Zealand Steve Luatua Bristol Sport Ashton Gate 27,000 Bristol
Exeter Chiefs England Rob Baxter England Jack Yeandle Samurai Sportswear Sandy Park 12,921 Exeter
Gloucester Ireland David Humphreys England Willi Heinz Elite Pro Sports Kingsholm Stadium 16,115 Gloucester
Harlequins England Paul Gustard
Australia Billy Millard
England Chris Robshaw Adidas Twickenham Stoop[b] 14,800 Twickenham, Greater London
Leicester Tigers Ireland Geordan Murphy[2] England Tom Youngs Kukri Welford Road 25,849 Leicester
London Irish Ireland Declan Kidney South Africa Franco van der Merwe
Scotland Blair Cowan
Australia Dave Porecki
England Stephen Myler
BLK Madejski Stadium 24,161 Reading, Berkshire
Northampton Saints New Zealand Chris Boyd EnglandTeimana Harrison
England Alex Waller
Macron Franklin's Gardens 15,249 Northampton
Sale Sharks England Steve Diamond South Africa Jono Ross Samurai Sportswear AJ Bell Stadium 12,000 Salford, Greater Manchester
Saracens Ireland Mark McCall England Brad Barritt Nike Allianz Park[c] 8,500[d] Barnet, Greater London
Wasps Wales Dai Young England Dan Robson
WalesThomas Young
Under Armour Ricoh Arena 32,609 Coventry
Worcester Warriors South Africa Alan Solomons South Africa GJ van Velze VX3 Sixways Stadium 11,499 Worcester

Pre-season[edit]

The 2019 edition of the Premiership Rugby Sevens Series was held at Franklin's Gardens on 13 and 14 September, 2019. For the third successive year all twelve Premiership teams would feature in one venue over two days. Teams would be split into four pools of three which played each other once in a round-robin basis with the tournament splitting into Cup and Plate competitions on the second day.[3]

In a repeat of the 2018 final, Saracens beat Wasps 35-19 to win the 2019 Premiership Sevens Cup. Gloucester beat Sale Sharks to win the Plate. It was the third successive year Wasps had made the cup final of the competition. [4]

Table[edit]

2019–20 Premiership Rugby Table view · watch · edit · discuss
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Tries for Tries against Try bonus Losing bonus Points
1 Bristol Bears 4 3 0 1 96 65 31 11 5 1 1 14
2 Northampton Saints 4 3 0 1 115 85 30 15 8 2 0 14
3 Sale Sharks 4 2 0 2 95 59 36 9 6 1 2 11
4 Gloucester 4 2 0 2 68 62 6 9 4 1 1 10
5 Exeter Chiefs 4 2 0 2 73 72 1 7 7 0 2 10
6 London Irish 4 2 0 2 85 94 -9 10 12 1 1 10
7 Worcester Warriors 4 2 0 2 79 89 -10 6 11 0 1 9
8 Bath 4 2 0 2 73 96 -23 6 13 0 0 8
9 Harlequins 4 1 0 3 77 98 -21 8 8 0 2 6
10 Wasps 4 1 0 3 83 104 -21 8 9 0 1 5
11 Leicester Tigers 4 1 0 3 53 97 -44 4 11 0 0 4
12 Saracens 4 3 0 1 86 62 24 8 7 0 1 -22 *[5][6]

If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:

  1. Number of matches won
  2. Difference between points for and against
  3. Total number of points for
  4. Aggregate number of points scored in matches between tied teams
  5. Number of matches won excluding the first match, then the second and so on until the tie is settled
Green background (rows 1 to 4) are play-off places and earns a berth in the 2020–21 European Rugby Champions Cup.
Blue background (rows 5 & 6) indicates teams outside the play-off places, that earns a berth in the 2020–21 European Rugby Champions Cup based on their position in the table.
Plain background indicates teams that earn a place in the 2020–21 European Rugby Challenge Cup.
Red background (row 12) will be relegated, providing the champion of the 2019–20 RFU Championship are eligible for promotion.


(CH) Champions. (RU) Runners-up. (SF) Losing semi-finalists.

Starting table — source: Premiership Rugby

Fixtures[edit]

Fixtures for the season were announced by Premiership Rugby on 10 July, 2019. Due to the Rugby World Cup, the first round of matches will commence during the fifth week of the season following four rounds of the Premiership Cup. The London Double Header does not feature after being discontinued last year.[7]

Highlights of the season include:

  • Big Game 12 - Harlequins will host Leicester Tigers in this season's edition of the Big Game at Twickenham on 28 December 2019.
  • Derby Day - Saracens vs Harlequins at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on 28 March 2020.
  • The Clash - Bath Rugby will return to Twickenham on 18 April 2020. This year's opponent will be Wasps.

All fixtures are subject to change.

Regular Season[edit]

Round 1[edit]

18 October 2019
19:45
(1 BP) Bristol Bears 43 – 16 Bath
Try: Morahan (2) 1' m, 79' c
Hughes 11' c
Protheroe 40+1' m
O'Conor 51' c
Afoa 65' c
Lloyd 77' m
Con: Sheedy (3/6) 12', 51', 66'
Lloyd (1/1) 80+1'
Report Try: Mercer 26' c
Con: Priestland (1/1) 27'
Pen: Priestland (3/4) 5', 18', 54'
Ashton Gate
Attendance: 26,399
Referee: Tom Foley
19 October 2019
15:00
Exeter Chiefs 22 – 19 Harlequins (1 BP)
Try: J. Hill 31' c
Con: J. Simmonds (1/1) 32'
Pen: J. Simmonds (5/5) 24', 36', 54', 67', 70'
Report Try: Ibitoye (2) 26' m, 73' m
Pen: M. Smith (3/3) 7', 39', 49'
Sandy Park
Attendance: 11,896
Referee: Christophe Ridley
19 October 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Saracens 25 – 27 Northampton Saints
Try: Gallagher 28' c
Con: Spencer (1/1) 29'
Pen: Spencer (6/7) 2', 13', 26', 57', 61', 64'
Report Try: Ribbans 23' c
Hutchinson 34' c
Taylor 37' c
Con: Grayson (3/3) 24', 35', 39'
Pen: Grayson (2/2) 62', 79'
Allianz Park
Attendance: 6,707
Referee: Ian Tempest
19 October 2019
15:00
Worcester Warriors 24 – 16 Leicester Tigers
Try: T. Hill 4' m
Humphreys 27' c
Con: Weir (1/2) 28'
Pen: Weir (4/4) 38', 62', 74', 79'
Report Try: T. Youngs 9' c
Con: Hardwick (1/1) 10'
Pen: Hardwick (3/5) 2', 34', 47'
Sixways
Attendance: 7,740
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys
19 October 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Sale Sharks 16 – 18 Gloucester
Try: McGuigan 16' c
Con: R. du Preez (1/1) 17'
Pen: R. du Preez (3/4) 30', 48', 67'
Report Try: Atkinson 50' c
T. Marshall 56' m
Con: Twelvetrees (1/2) 52'
Pen: Twelvetrees (2/4) 64', 70'
AJ Bell Stadium
Attendance: 6,152
Referee: Andrew Jackson
20 October 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Wasps 26 – 29 London Irish
Try: Kibirige (2) 21' m, 35' m
Robson 63' c
Con: Sopoaga (1/3) 64'
Pen: Sopoaga (2/2) 6', 15'
Umaga (1/1) 72'
Report Try: Cowan 8' m
Tuisue 31' m
Hassell-Collins 41' c
Con: Jackson (1/3) 43'
Pen: Jackson (4/5) 20', 25', 40', 47'
Ricoh Arena
Attendance: 12,401
Referee: JP Doyle

Round 2[edit]

25 October 2019
19:45
Bath 13 – 10 Exeter Chiefs (1 BP)
Try: Dunn 40'c
Con: Priestland (1/1) 40+1'
Pen: Priestland (2/3) 4', 55'
Report Try: J. Hill (1/1) 14' c
Con: J. Simmonds (1/1) 15'
Pen: J. Simmonds (1/1) 35'
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 14,290
Referee: JP Doyle
26 October 2019
14:00
(1 BP) Northampton Saints 35 – 16 Worcester Warriors
Try: Collins 45' c
Naiyaravoro 53' c
Furbank (2) 68' m, 75' m
Sleightholme 70' m
Con: Grayson (2/5) 45', 53'
Pen: Grayson (2/2) 22', 29'
Report Try: Venter 78' c
Con: Lance (1/1) 78'
Pen: Wier (3/5) 4', 10', 25'
Franklin's Gardens
Attendance: 11,412
Referee: Jack Makepeace
26 October 2019
15:00
London Irish 7 – 41 Sale Sharks (1 BP)
Try: Botha 62' c
Con: Myler (1/1) 63'
Report Try: van der Merwe 13' c
Solomona 32' m
Yarde 39' m
Beaumont 51' c
R. du Preez 61' c
Janse van Rensburg 76' c
Con: R. du Preez (4/6) 14', 52', 61', 78'
Drop: R. du Preez (1/1) 29'
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 3,622
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys
26 October 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Gloucester 25 – 9 Wasps
Try: T. Marshall (2) 23' m, 71' m
Simpson (2) 37' m, 55' c
Con: Twelvetrees (1/4) 56'
Pen: Twelvetrees (1/1) 10'
Report Pen: Sopoaga (3/3) 40+2', 42', 53'
Kingsholm
Attendance: 12,844
Referee: Christophe Ridley
26 October 2019
15:00
Harlequins 22 – 17 Bristol Bears (1 BP)
Try: Marchant 66' c
Con: M. Smith (1/1) 67'
Pen: M. Smith (5/5) 12', 35', 39', 43', 57'
Report Try: Heenan 69' m
Pen: Sheedy (4/4) 2', 16', 30', 59'
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 13,006
Referee: Ian Tempest
27 October 2019
15:00
Leicester Tigers 10 – 24 Saracens
Try: Thompstone 58' c
Con: Reid (1/1) 59'
Pen: Reid (1/1) 7'
Report Try: Tompkins 17' c
Earl 46' c, 75' c
Con: Lozowski (2/2) 17', 47'
M. Vunipola (1/1) 77'
Pen: Lozowski (1/3) 38'
Welford Road
Attendance: 18,533
Referee: Tom Foley

Round 3[edit]

1 November 2019
19:45
Bristol Bears 16 – 10 Sale Sharks (1 BP)
Try: Lloyd 75' c
Con: Sheedy (1/1) 77'
Pen: Sheedy (3/4) 19', 26', 31'
Report Try: Neild 78' c
Con: MacGinty (1/1) 78'
Pen: MacGinty (1/1) 61'
Ashton Gate
Attendance: 14,639
Referee: Christophe Ridley
1 November 2019
19:45
(1 BP) Northampton Saints 40 – 22 Harlequins
Try: Naiyaravoro (2) 5' m, 25' c
T. Harrison (2) 9' c, 64' c
Haywood 36' m
Con: Grayson (3/5) 10', 26', 65'
Pen: Grayson (2/2) 13', 61'
Drop: Grayson (1/1) 58'
Report Try: Murley (2) 40+3' m, 73' c
Robshaw 55' c
Con: Herron (2/2) 56', 73'
Pen: M. Smith (1/1) 2'
Franklin's Gardens
Attendance: 12,791
Referee: JP Doyle
2 November 2019
15:00
Wasps 30 – 22 Bath
Try: Rowlands 40+2' c
Shields 64' c
Robson 71' c
Con: Sopoaga (3/3) 40+3', 66', 72'
Pen: Sopoaga (3/5) 28', 31', 80+4'
Report Try: Mercer 47' c
Con: Priestland (1/1) 47'
Pen: Priestland (5/5) 3', 23', 35', 52', 79'
Ricoh Arena
Attendance: 10,322
Referee: Anthony Woodthorpe
2 November 2019
15:00
Leicester Tigers 16 – 13 Gloucester (1 BP)
Try: Reid 22' c
Con: Hardwick (1/1) 23'
Pen: Hardwick (3/3) 2', 66', 79'
Report Try: Simpson 22' c
Con: Twelvetrees (1/1) 49'
Pen: Twelvetrees (2/3) 6', 36'
Welford Road
Attendance: 17,559
Referee: Ian Tempest
2 November 2019
15:00
Saracens 16 – 13 London Irish (1 BP)
Try: Lamositele 25' m
Earl 75' m
Pen: Lozowski (1/2) 14'
M. Vunipola (1/2) 80'
Report Try: Tuisue 53' c
Con: Myler (1/1) 54'
Pen: Myler (2/2) 8', 30'
Allianz Park
Attendance: 6,293
Referee: Adam Leal
3 November 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Worcester Warriors 20 – 24 Exeter Chiefs
Try: Humphreys (2) 8' c, 26' c
Con: Weir (2/2) 9', 28'
Pen: Weir (2/2) 14', 68'
Report Try: J. Maunder 39' c
Kvesic 64' c
H. Williams 74' c
Con: J Simmonds (3/3) 40', 66', 75'
Pen: J Simmonds (1/1) 6'
Sixways
Attendance: 8,598
Referee: Tom Foley

Round 4[edit]

8 November 2019
19:45
Sale Sharks 28 – 18 Wasps
Try: D. du Preez 17' c
Con: R. du Preez (1/1) 18'
Pen: R. du Preez (5/8) 5', 24' 46', 55', 61'
MacGinty (2/2) 74', 79'
Report Try: Vailanu 7' c
Kibirige 51' m
Con: Sopoaga (1/2) 8'
Pen: Sopoaga (1/1) 14'
Searle (1/1) 63'
AJ Bell Stadium
Attendance: 5,951
Referee: Tom Foley
9 November 2019
15:00
Bath 22 – 13 Northampton Saints
Try: Chudley 16' c
Stuart 50' m
Mercer 70' c
Con: Priestland (2/3) 17', 71'
Pen: Priestland (1/1) 31'
Report Try: Hutchinson 1' m
Wood 59' m
Pen: Grayson (1/2) 8'
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 14,066
Referee: Ian Tempest
9 November 2019
15:00
Gloucester 12 – 21 Saracens
Try: T. Marshall 28' m
Ludlow 72' c
Con: Twelvetrees (1/1) 73'
Report Try: Tomkins 24' c
Earl 47' m
Con: M. Vunipola (1/2) 25'
Pen: M. Vunipola (3/4) 17', 37', 40'
Kingsholm
Attendance: 13,454
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys
9 November 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Harlequins 14 – 19 Worcester Warriors
Try: Dombrandt 7' c
J. Chisholm 12' c
Con: M. Smith (2/2) 8', 13'
Report Try: Shillcock 66' c
Con: Lance (1/1) 67'
Pen: Lance (4/5) 4', 32', 40+1', 80'
Twickenham Stoop
Attendance: 13,461
Referee: Matthew Carley
10 November 2019
14:30
(1 BP) London Irish 36 – 11 Leicester Tigers
Try: Hoskins 7' m
Loader 19' c
Botha 40+1' c
Naholo 63' c
Parton 77' c
Con: Myler (3/4) 20', 40+4', 65'
Phipps (1/1) 78'
Report Try: Holmes 80' m
Pen: Hardwick (2/2) 14', 26'
Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 5,324
Referee: JP Doyle
10 November 2019
15:00
(1 BP) Exeter Chiefs 17 – 20 Bristol Bears
Try: S. Simmonds 14' c
White 21' c
Con: J. Simmonds (2/2) 15', 22'
Pen: J. Simmonds (1/1) 32'
Report Try: O'Conor 65' c
D. Thomas 80+1' c
Con: Sheedy (2/2) 66', 80+5'
Pen: Sheedy (2/2) 43', 59'
Sandy Park
Attendance: 11,015
Referee: Karl Dickson

Round 5[edit]

29 November 2019
19:45
Bath Rugby v Saracens
30 November 2019
15:00
Worcester Warriors v Sale Sharks
30 November 2019
15:00
Exeter Chiefs v Wasps
1 December 2019
15:00
Bristol Bears v London Irish

Round 6[edit]

20 December 2019
19:45
Gloucester v Worcester Warriors
21 December 2019
15:00
Wasps v Harlequins
21 December 2019
15:00
Leicester Tigers v Exeter Chiefs
21 December 2019
15:00
Saracens v Bristol Bears
22 December 2019
15:00
London Irish v Bath

Round 7[edit]

27 December 2019
19:45
Bristol Bears v Wasps
28 December 2019
15:00
Bath v Sale Sharks
28 December 2019
15:00
Worcester Warriors v London Irish
29 December 2019
15:00
Exeter Chiefs v Saracens

Round 8[edit]

3 January 2020
19:45
Sale Sharks v Harlequins
4 January 2020
15:00
Gloucester v Bath
4 January 2020
15:00
Saracens v Worcester Warriors
5 January 2020
15:00
Wasps v Northampton Saints

Round 9[edit]

25 January 2020
15:00
Bath v Leicester Tigers
25 January 2020
15:00
Bristol Bears v Gloucester
25 January 2020
15:00
Exeter Chiefs v Sale Sharks
25 January 2020
15:00
Worcester Warriors v Wasps
26 January 2020
15:00
Harlequins v Saracens

Leading scorers[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.

Season attendances[edit]

By club[edit]

  • Attendances do not include the final at Twickenham.
Club Home
Games
Total Average Highest Lowest % Capacity
Bath 2 28,356 14,178 14,290 14,066 98%
Bristol Bears 2 41,038 20,519 26,399 14,639 76%
Exeter Chiefs 2 22,911 11,456 11,896 11,015 89%
Gloucester 2 26,298 13,149 13,454 12,844 82%
Harlequins 2 26,467 13,234 13,461 13,006 89%
Leicester Tigers 2 36,092 18,046 18,533 17,559 70%
London Irish 2 8,946 4,473 5,324 3,622 19%
Northampton Saints 2 24,203 12,102 12,791 11,412 79%
Sale Sharks 2 12,103 6,052 6,152 5,951 50%
Saracens 2 13,000 6,500 6,707 6,293 76%
Wasps 2 22,723 11,362 12,401 10,322 35%
Worcester Warriors 2 16,338 8,169 8,598 7,740 71%

Highest attendances[edit]

Date Game Stadium Attendance
18 October 2019 Bristol Bears (h) v Bath Ashton Gate 26,399
27 October 2019 Leicester Tigers (h) v Saracens Welford Road 18,533
2 November 2019 Leicester Tigers (h) v Gloucester Welford Road 17,559
1 November 2019 Bristol Bears (h) v Sale Sharks Ashton Gate 14,639
25 October 2019 Bath (h) v Exeter Chiefs Recreation Ground 14,290
9 November 2019 Bath (h) v Northampton Saints Recreation Ground 14,066

Play-offs[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 20 June 2020.


Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Bath will also play a home game at Twickenham Stadium, London on 18 April 2020.
  2. ^ Harlequins will also play a home game at Twickenham Stadium, London on 28 December 2019.
  3. ^ Saracens will also play a home game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London on 28 March 2020.
  4. ^ Allianz Park will have a reduced capacity this season due to redevelopment works.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gallagher confirmed as new title sponsors of Premiership Rugby". 12 April 2018. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  2. ^ https://www.leicestertigers.com/team/management
  3. ^ "Premiership Rugby 7s Returns to Franklin's Gardens". Premiership Rugby. 2 May 2018. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  4. ^ https://www.premiershiprugby.com/premiership-rugby-7s/#fixtures_&_results
  5. ^ "Saracens appeal against 35-point deduction and £5.36m fine for breaching salary cap rules". 5 November 2019.
  6. ^ "Saracens set to drop appeal against fine and points penalty for salary cap breach". 17 November 2019.
  7. ^ "Gallagher Premiership Rugby 2019-20 fixtures announced". Premiership Rugby. Premiership Rugby. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  8. ^ "2018-19 Premiership Rugby top points scorers". ESPNScrum. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  9. ^ "2018-19 Premiership Rugby top try scorers". ESPNscrum. Retrieved 7 April 2019.

External links[edit]