Premiership Preview: Saracens

In the final part of Read About Sport’s Premiership Preview series, Josh Bartholomew looks at Saracens’ prospects ahead of the 2018-19. Last Season: Last campaign, Saracens fought past a seven-game losing run to finish 2nd in the Premiership, going on to beat Exeter to take the title. Despite failing to progress past the quarter-final stage of the Champions Cup,…

Premiership Preview: Exeter Chiefs

A season after winning their first Premiership title, Exeter Chiefs returned to Twickenham last May. Only this time, they were losing finalists as Saracens regained their throne. It’ll be a curious season for the Exeter Chiefs, as they attempt to fight back domestically while competing on a European stage too. Last Season: As well as losing…

Premiership Preview: Wasps

For the third consecutive season, Wasps battled their defensive woes to finish in the top four. This year, with a flurry of new recruits, Dai Young’s side will be looking to halt the respective rises of Saracens and Exeter and win their first Premiership title since 2008. Last Season: Wasps would’ve been disappointed with their performance…

Premiership Preview: Newcastle Falcons

After taking a break from being perennial relegation contenders in the 2016-17 campaign, last season Newcastle Falcons finished in the top four for the first time since 1998. But with such a strong set of teams involved in the upcoming campaign, the men from up North face a difficult job to retain their spot. Josh Bartholomew wonders…

Premiership Preview: Leicester Tigers

In their 2017/18 Premiership campaign, Leicester missed out on the top four for the first time in 12 years amid poor recruitment and unfortunate injuries. Matt O’Connor will be hopeful of turning it around, but there are already talks of replacing him… Last Season: In missing out on the playoffs, Leicester’s forward pack was lightweight and…

Premiership Preview: Bath Rugby

Bath celebrated Todd Blackadder’s second season at the club by qualifying for the top tier of Europe again, but missed out on a golden opportunity to reach the quarter-finals of that competition and possibly bring silverware back to the Rec. Last Season: Despite qualifying for the Champions Cup by virtue of a last day thrashing of…

Premiership Preview: Gloucester Rugby

In 2017/18, Head Coach Ruan Ackermann arrived from the Lions with high expectations, which he rode as his side finished 7th. Can Gloucester break into the top four? Josh Bartholomew asks the question. Last Season: In securing Kingsholm’s first taste of top-tier European rugby since the 2013/14 season, Gloucester managed to adapt to their new coach while…

Premiership Preview: Sale Sharks

Sale have had a quiet off-season, but Director of Rugby Steve Diamond will be confident that his side can build on an eighth place finish to break into the upper echelons of the top flight. In the fifth installment of our Premiership Preview series, Josh Bartholomew assesses their chances. Last Season: Despite what their disappointing finish…

Premiership Preview: Northampton Saints

Last season’s Aviva Premiership was famed for the failings of traditional powerhouses: Leicester, Harlequins and Northampton all struggled at times. Here, Josh Bartholomew reviews whether the Saints can bounce back under former Hurricane’s boss Chris Boyd. Last Season: Northampton enjoyed a frustratingly tumultuous season, where they sacked long-time head coach Jim Mallinder, but their campaign wasn’t the car crash…

Premiership Preview: Harlequins

After their worst season since relegation in 2005, Paul Gustard is now at the helm for a Harlequins side stacked with quality and experience. But can they recover from their 10th placed finish last season? Josh Bartholomew outlines their chances. Last Season: In an abysmal campaign which saw John Kingston leave his post as Director of Rugby after…