Premier 15s

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Champions of England: Quins win Premier 15s title at last

Having lost two previous finals and then suffered the frustration of a cancelled campaign due to coronavirus, Harlequins finally won the Allianz Premier 15s title at the fourth attempt against old rivals Saracens.

Despite the emergence of far more competitive opponents than the early years of the competition, it was still the same two teams who qualified first and second - Sarries...

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London Irish to launch elite women's team with aim to join Premier 15s

London Irish have declared their intention to launch a team to enter the top-flight of the women’s game. Preparations are underway with a view to formally applying for a place in the Allianz Premier 15’s for the next intake of teams, due in 2023.

The decision to add an elite tier of women’s rugby at the Club builds on and supports the vision for the women’s game at London Irish. With...

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Women's Premier 15s to take two-week "circuit breaker"

Rounds 11 and 12 of the Allianz Premier 15s have been postponed with play not resuming until the end of January at the earliest despite the competition having dispensation to continue during the current national lockdown.

The Premier 15s was granted "elite" status alongside the men's Premiership to carry on playing and has been operating under adapted laws to reduce the risk of...

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Women's elite sport to continue during lockdown

The Women's Super League and Championship as well as rugby union's Premier 15s competition will be allowed to continue during the latest government lockdown.

However, the Women's FA Cup and all leagues below the Championship have been suspended.

A statement from the Football Association said: "It is extremely important that clubs, players, coaches, match officials, league...

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More COVID cancellations hit Allianz Premier 15s schedule

DMP Durham Sharks' match against Sale Sharks is the latest Allianz Premier 15s fixture to be postponed due to a coronavirus outbreak.

Three members of the DMP squad have tested positive for COVID-19, with several others forced to self-isolate as close contacts, giving the Rugby Football Union no choice but to call off Saturday's game.

Earlier in the week it was confirmed...

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If you want to grow women's sport, let the fans back in

Congratulations to the Rugby Football Union for landing a major sponsor for the Premier 15s during these difficult times. The money coming in from insurance giant Allianz will help secure the sport at the elite level and replace funding for grassroots women and girls' rugby which has been decimated by the Covid crisis.

But just as the sport receives some welcome good news, there is a...

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RFU funding cut adds to Premier 15s chaos

The Rugby Football Union has been forced to admit it is cutting funding for the 10 Premier 15s teams by 25 percent.

The reduction from £75,000 to £56,250 per side will put further financial pressure on clubs as they prepare for a new season which is still due to start in early October despite the fact fixtures are yet to be announced.

It was understood schedule details for...

Wales stars brought in to strengthen Exeter

With the new Premier 15s season edging ever closer, Exeter Chiefs Women’s Head Coach, Susie Appleby, is continuing her squad strengthening with four more new recruits added to the mix.

Welsh quartet Meg Davies, Ffion Lewis, Abbie Fleming and Niamh Terry are the latest recruits Appleby has added to her squad.

Lewis, Fleming and Terry have all previously represented Wales...

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Exeter Chiefs turn to the States to strengthen squad ahead of Premier 15s debut

Susie Appleby’s squad plans for the new Exeter Chiefs Women’s side are continuing apace after she today confirmed the arrival of three more international names.

USA Women’s players Gabby Cantorna, Jennine Duncan and Kate Zackary have all accepted one-year contracts with the Chiefs and will arrive – pending visa approval – within the next few weeks to join the Devon club ahead of...

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Women's game given go-ahead to move to stage two of rugby restart roadmap

The 10 Premier 15s clubs and England Red Roses have been given permission to move to stage two of the elite sport framework as the elite women's game moves closer to a return.

Full contact training can resume although there will be several measures in place to reduce face-to-face contact.

England's women will return to action in October as they look to complete their Six...