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Rugby Union

(M) Premiership & Championship & National League matches 

🏉 Rugby union fans in the capital are spoilt for choice with the 2021/2022 men’s club season featuring a host of teams from London in Premiership, Championship and National League action. 

PREMIERSHIP 

13 sides contest the new Gallagher Premiership season which runs from September 2021 to June 2022.  Harlequins are the defending champions after their stunning 40-38 Premiership final victory over Exeter Chiefs last June, hailed as the best ever.  London Irish are the second team from the capital having taken residence at their new home at Brentford Community Stadium and Saracens, now back in the big time following promotion from the Championship last season, complete a trio of London sides to follow.

🕒 Premiership matches coming up in the capital

Saturday 11 June KO 1.30pm: Saracens v Harlequins in the Premiership play-off semi-final.

A London derby to savour pits north London v south-west London as Saracens take on the defending Premiership champions in the play-off semi-finals.  Established England star Owen Farrell for Saracens versus Harlequins’ up-and-coming England star Marcus Smith is just one fascinating subplot in a high stakes rugby union encounter.

Tickets are currently sold out however tickets may become available later this week.  Register your interest here for updates.

The semi-final winners from Saracens v Harlequins will meet the winner of the other semi-final – Leicester Tigers v Northampton – at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday 18 June in the 2022 Gallagher Premiership Final.

🎫 Premiership ticket news latest ➡️ Harlequins ~ London Irish ~ Saracens

The season so far: Leicester Tigers are setting the Premiership pace, top of the table on 90 points.  Hot on their heels are Saracens, who have closed the gap on the leaders to three points courtesy of a recent 38-bonus point wins over Exeter Chiefs and Northampton respectively which have secured Sarries place a home semi-final on Saturday 11 June in the Premiership play-offs.  Only the top four sides at the end of the regular season qualify for the play-offs.

Harlequins are another London side in fine form as the season reaches the business end.  Quins beat Gloucester Rugby at Twickenham Stadium in front of around 50,000 fans at The Big Summer Kick-Off, pulling off a superb comeback (winning 28-24 having been 24-7 down at half-time) to guarantee themselves in the play-offs.  Opponents TBC.

London Irish’s slim hopes of a top-four finish – and with it a place in the play-offs – are all but over following Sunday’s 42-42 draw with Wasps.  It was a thrilling match but the Exiles needed a win and they are now on 61 points some seven points adrift of the Saints in fourth.

CHAMPIONSHIP

Ealing Trailfinders, Richmond Rugby and London Scottish ensure a strong London presence in the second tier of men’s English rugby.  Ealing Trailfinders are based at Trailfinders Sports Club, while Richmond Rugby and London Scottish continue to share residence at the Richmond Athletic Ground (known as the RAG).

🕒 Championship league matches in London this weekend: None.  2021/2022 season has finished – new 2022/2023 season starts in September.  Championship Cup semi-final featuring Ealing Trailfinders, date tbc.

🎫 Championship ticket news latest ➡️ Ealing Trailfinders ~ London Scottish ~ Richmond Rugby

2021/2022 season recap: Ealing Trailfinders wrapped up the title with a commanding 60-10 victory over London rivals Richmond, but will not be promoted to the Premiership.  The west London club having withdrawn an appeal of the decision not to allow their entrance to the top tier of English men’s club rugby on minimum criteria grounds.  Trailfinders are into the semi-finals of the Championship Cup after a 56-24 win over Ampthill at the quarter-final stage.  Date of semi-final is TBC.

Richmond finished the season in ninth place on 42 points while their fellow residents at Richmond Athletic Ground, London Scottish, finished at the bottom of the table with just one win to their name.  Due to the restructuring of the rugby union pyramid London Scottish will not be relegated.  Both sides will be hoping the 2022/2023 sees a return to former glories.

NATIONAL LEAGUE 1

Two historic London sides, Blackheath and Rosslyn Park, are included in the 15 teams competing for promotion to the Championship during the 2021/2022 season.

🕒National League 1 matches in the capital this weekend:None.  2021/2022 season has finished – new 2022/2023 season starts in September.

🎫 National League One ticket news latest ➡️ Blackheath ~ Rosslyn Park

Season 2021/2022 recap: Rosslyn Park finished the season in third place on 102 points.  The south-west London side had been on course to win the title before slipping to a hat-trick of defeats starting with a shock 31-24 reverse at south London rivals Blackheath.  That was followed by an agonising 17-18 home defeat to eventual champions Caldy and a 55-19 defeat at Chinnor, before a 26-20 home win over Cambridge steadied the ship.  Caldy were crowned this season’s National League 1 champions at the end of April – after a 10-9 win over closest rivals Sale FC – earning them promotion to the Championship.

Blackheath endured a disappointing season with just seven wins from their 28 matches.  However the south-east London side’s aforementioned victory over Rosslyn Park should give them some encouragement ahead of next season.

🏉 🎟️ SUMMARY OF ALL LONDON TEAMS MATCHDAY AND TICKET INFORMATION:-

🎫 Premiership ➡️ Harlequins ~ London Irish ~ Saracens

🎫 Championship ➡️ Ealing Trailfinders ~ London Scottish ~ Richmond Rugby

🎫 National League One ➡️ Blackheath ~ Rosslyn Park

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