Before I start talking about the Gallagher Premiership, we have seen a number of players hang up their boots and announce the end of their international careers.
So here is the list of legends that we won’t see play for their countries again:
- Uini Antonio (France and La Rochelle)
- Stuart McInally (Scotland and Edinburgh)
- Brodie Retallick (New Zealnd and Kobelco Steerlers)
- Jonny May (England and Gloucester)
- Aaron Smith (New Zealand and Toyota)
- Romain Taofifenua (France and Lyon)
- Joe Marler (England and Harlequins)
- Keith Earls (Ireland and Munster)
- Ben Youngs (England and Leicester Tigers)
- Duane Vermeulen (South Africa and Ulster)
- Dan Biggar (Wales and Toulon)
- Dan Coles (New Zealand and Hurricaines)
- Jonny Sexton (Ireland and Leinster)
- Courtney Lawes ( Engalnd and Northampton Saints)
- Sam Whitelock (New Zealand and Section Paloise)
- Leigh Halfpenny (Wales and Crusaders)
With the end of the rugby world cup, a new competiton starts: the Gallagher Premiership. This time, there is a 100% chance of an english team winning the cup but which team will it be? Will the Sarries start a champion’s streak? Will the Quins redeem themselves? My loyalty lies with Gloucester but I doubt they’ll get top three. I mean it would be a miracle if they do, but they won’t. We are now in week 6 of the tournament, but all teams have recovered to full strength as all international players have returned back home from the RWC.
In the first round of 18, there were some shocking results: Exeter Chiefs won 65-10 against Saracens, Leicester Tigers were defeated by Bristol Bears 14-25 and Gloucester were able to kick the season off with a close 29-28 victory against Harlequins. I guess these results were expected as the best players were representing their country in the world cup so these matches won’t predict the entire tournament.
Round 2: This week was the last time we saw “weird” and “unusual” scorelines as Bath beat Sarries 25 -16 at the StoneX Stadium and Northampton Saints face defeat at home against the Bears 27-33. The Chiefs are vanquised by the Quins with a 14-22 scoreline, Gloucester beat Newcastle Falcons by 4 points with 18-14 being the end score and the Tigers are left defeated at Welford Road by Sale Sharks with 17-24.
Round 3: The Chiefs thrashed Sale Sharks 43-0 and the Tigers narrowly won against Bath 25-24 and we saw another close game between the Bears and Quins with the Quins taking home the victory 23-21. Newcastle Falcons have lost all matches so far with the most recent being against the Saints in this round, 14-16 and Gloucester suffered defeat against the Sarries 24-3 (as I said, I’m a loyal supporter of Gloucester…even if they lose all the time)
Round 4: Sarries won againts Tigers 32-17, the Sharks conquered Gloucester with a 24-10 win and Bath lost (again) against the Saints 18-24. The Quins won against the Falcons 40-12 (with a smashing try from Tyrone Green) and the Chiefs gained a victory at Sandy Park against the Bears 29-10.
Round 5: Sarries have started a winning streak of three after they won against the Falcons 50-12, the Bears lost to the Sharks 27-13, and the Tigers missed out of a victory against the Quins with a scoreline of 25-29 . The Sainst beat the Chiefs 34-19 and Gloucester were absolutely thwarted by Bath 27-45 at their home, Kingsholm Stadium (nope, not even going to affect my loyalty)
Matches this week (round 6):
Bath vs Bears, Sharks vs Falcons, Tigers vs Saints, Quins vs Saracens and Chiefs vs Gloucester
Try of the Tournament so far:
Tyrone Green’s try against the Falcons – Quins’ winger flied into the corner to catch Marcus Smith’s kick-pass assist
Although he doesn’t play in the Gallagher Premiership anymore due to London Irish being disbanded, Henry Arundell has impressed the French by scoring 8 tries in 3 matches for his new club, Racing 92.
Josh Beaumont (Sale Sharks) was out for 14 months and scored the winner against Gloucester, after people said he would never come back as he ruptured a patellar tendon in a lineout.