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2019–20 Premiership Rugby

2019–20 Gallagher Premiership
Countries England
Date18 October 2019 – 24 October 2020
ChampionsExeter Chiefs (2nd title)
Runners-upWasps
RelegatedSaracens
Matches played133
Attendance1,037,010
(average 7,797 per match)
Highest attendance75,500
Harlequins v Leicester Tigers
28 December 2019
Lowest attendance3,622
London Irish v Sale Sharks
26 October 2019
Tries scored757
(average 5.7 per match)
Top point scorerRhys Priestland, (Bath)
(206 points)
Top try scorerOllie Thorley, (Gloucester) & Ben Earl (Saracens & Bristol)
(11 tries)
Official website
www.premiershiprugby.com

The 2019–20 Premiership Rugby was the 33rd season of the top flight of English domestic rugby union competition and the second to be sponsored by Gallagher.[1] The competition was 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 were shown on Channel 5 with extended highlights on BT Sport. The reigning champions entering the season were 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 and the COVID-19 pandemic, this season started and finished later than previous seasons and including the Premiership Rugby Cup ran for 58 weeks in total.

On 5 November 2019, Premiership Rugby announced that Saracens would be deducted 35 points in the 2019–20 season and fined £5.3 million due to undisclosed payments to players in previous seasons.[2] Saracens initially said they would appeal the ruling, but on 18 November announced that they accepted the punishments, with the deduction leaving them 26 points adrift at the bottom of the table.[3] After further failure to comply with the salary cap, Saracens were announced to be automatically relegated at the end of the season on 18 January 2020 despite relegation not being an available sanction in the salary cap regulations.[4] On 28 January 2020 this was confirmed with the application of a further 70 point deduction.[5]

On 16 March 2020, the league was suspended for an initial five week period due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Resumption was originally scheduled for the weekend of 24/25/26 April but was later postponed indefinitely.[6][7] Restart took place on 14 August,[8] with all games played behind closed doors and broadcast live on BT Sport.[9] Channel 5 also broadcast 4 matches.[10]

Teams

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 14,509 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 13,593[a] Exeter
Gloucester England George Skivington[b] England Willi Heinz Elite Pro Sports Kingsholm Stadium 16,115 Gloucester
Harlequins England Paul Gustard
Australia Billy Millard
England Chris Robshaw Adidas Twickenham Stoop[c] 14,800 Twickenham, Greater London
Leicester Tigers Ireland Geordan Murphy[d] England Tom Youngs Kukri Welford Road 25,849 Leicester
London Irish Ireland Declan Kidney Scotland Blair Cowan BLK Madejski Stadium[e] 24,161 Reading, Berkshire
Northampton Saints New Zealand Chris Boyd England Teimana Harrison
England Alex Waller
Macron Franklin's Gardens 15,200 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 8,500[f] Hendon, Greater London
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[g] VX3 Sixways Stadium 11,499 Worcester

Preseason

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.[12]

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.[13]

Table

2019–20 Premiership Rugby Table
2020–21 teams
Former clubs
Seasons
Other

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