rugby union in london

Rugby Union

(M) Match of the weekend ~ Premiership: Harlequins v Bristol Bears

🏉 Rugby union fans in London are spoilt for choice with the 2023/2024 men’s club season featuring a host of teams from the capital in domestic (Premiership, Championship & National League) and European (Champions Cup) action.

👀 READ ON for season so far news, rugby union in London matches coming up and how you can be there! 👇

PREMIERSHIP RUGBY IN LONDON

10 sides are contesting the new Gallagher Premiership season which runs from October 2023 to June 2024.  Saracens are the defending champions after they flew the flag for rugby union in London winning the Premiership title for a sixth time with a 35-25 win over Sale Sharks at Twickenham Stadium last May.  Joining Saracens as one of two teams in the capital aiming for Premiership glory this season are 2021 champions Harlequins.  

SEASON SO FAR

It’s all to play for at the top of the Gallagher Premiership after seventeen rounds of matches.  Just one round of the regular season remains!  Leaders Northampton Saints are top on 60 points with a clutch of teams (including Saracens, Bath Rugby, Sale Sharks, Exeter Chiefs and Harlequins) in a tussle for a top-four finish and a place in the end-of-season play-offs.

Saracens are up to second place after a fine run of form which started at The Showdown 4 against Harlequins.  Sarries were in irresistible form at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, demolishing their London 52-7 rivals in front of a crowd of 61,000 fans.  It was a memorable afternoon for captain Owen Farrell who played his 250th game for the north London side.  Last weekend Saracens came away from Bristol Bears with a 41-20 road win.  Sarries are second in the table on 56 points and guaranteed a place in the play-offs.

Harlequins are sixth in the table after a 58-26 defeat at the hands of Exeter Chiefs last time out.  That followed a thrilling victory over leaders Northamption Saints at Twickenham Stadium in the Big Summer Kick-Off.  Quins put on a superb display scoring six tries at England Rugby HQ in a 41-32 win.  The south-west London side must beat Bristol Bears this weekend and hope other results go their way to qualify for the play-offs.

NEXT MATCH IN LONDON

All eyes will be on The Stoop on Saturday 18 May for the final home game of the season.  Harlequins host Bristol Bears (currently sixth and seventh respectively in the table) with a potential place in the top-four and the end-of-season play-offs at stake.  Can Quins secure their place in the play-off semi-finals or will the Bears prevail?  All will be revealed in Twickenham!

🎟️ TICKET NEWS LATEST ➡️ Harlequins ~ Saracens

🕒 PREMIERSHIP MATCHES COMING UP IN THE CAPITAL

2024.  March, April & May

Round 18.  Saturday 18 May: Harlequins v Bristol Bears KO 3pm.  Saracens v Sale Sharks KO 3pm.

CHAMPIONSHIP RUGBY IN LONDON

Ealing Trailfinders and London Scottish ensure a strong London presence in the second tier of men’s English rugby.  The Championship season takes place over 22 rounds, beginning on the weekend of 21/22 October with the final round scheduled for the weekend of 24/25 May 2024.  The league consists of 12 teams.

Ealing Trailfinders have been crowned champions for the 2023/2024 season with a game to spare.  The west London side have not looked back since they dished out a 40-12 statement defeat on high-flying Cornish Pirates.  The Trailfinders cannot be caught with one game remaining.

London Scottish have endured a chastening season.  However, they beat Trailfinders 19-17 in their derby match at the end of December and have since climbed off the foot of the table.  With a game to go they are in ninth place out of eleven teams.  Cambridge are relegated.

🎟️ TICKET NEWS LATEST ➡️ Ealing Trailfinders ~ London Scottish

🕒 CHAMPIONSHIP MATCHES COMING UP IN LONDON: 2023/2024 fixture list here.   

NATIONAL LEAGUE 1

Rosslyn Park, Richmond Rugby and Blackheath are London’s representatives in National League 1 for the 2023/2024 season.  The season runs from mid-October through until the end of April.  The current campaign features 14 teams.

The 2023/2024 season is over!  Chinnor are champions.  After twenty-six rounds of action, Rosslyn Park finished highest of the sides from the capital in third place.  Meanwhile, Richmond and Blackheath ended in sixth and eighth place respectively.  All three London sides will compete in National League 1 next season.

🎟️ TICKET NEWS LATEST ➡️ Blackheath ~ Richmond Rugby ~ Rosslyn Park

🕒 NATIONAL LEAGUE 1 MATCHES COMING UP IN THE CAPITAL: 2023/2024 fixture list here.

👀 For more great spectator sport visit our What’s On page.  And for regular reminders to ensure you don’t miss a moment of the action subscribe now to our free newsletter!

BACK TO EVENTS