Aviva Premiership

  • Premiership Crowd Boost Since RWC

    Attendance figures for the Aviva Premiership have increased since the end of the Rugby World Cup 2011. Crowds have risen 10 per cent since the showpiece tournament ended in November. With 255,495 people attending rounds 7-10 this year compared to 231,842 from 2010. "The Aviva Premiership has never been in a stronger position," said Premiership Rugby chief executive Mark McCafferty. "The battle at both the top and bottom of the Aviva Premiership is compelling and fans are voting with their feet....

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  • Premiership Final to Air Live on talkSPORT

    talkSPORT has agreed a deal with Premiership Rugby to broadcast live commentary of the Aviva Premiership semi-finals and final. All three matches will be broadcast live on talkSPORT, either on air or online, with both semi finals taking place on Saturday 12 May and the highlight of the domestic rugby season, the Aviva Premiership final, played at Twickenham on Saturday 26 May. talkSPORT will also continue to provide live reports from Aviva Premiership rugby games in the weeks leading up to the...

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  • Guinness Continues With Aviva Premiership Clubs

    Premiership Rugby has announced that Guinness is extending its partnership with the 12 Aviva Premiership Rugby clubs for a further two years. Guinness will continue as the Official Beer and Official Responsible Drinking Partner of Premiership Rugby, with the partnership including pouring rights at each of the 12 clubs and the presentation of the Guinness Premiership Rugby Director of Rugby of the Year award. Dominic Hayes, Premiership Rugby commercial director, said: "It's great that we are exte...

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  • talkSPORT Renews Premiership Rugby Deal

    Premiership Rugby has announced that talkSPORT will continue as an official broadcast partner of the Aviva Premiership for the 2013/14 season. The radio station will broadcast selected games on-air or on talkSPORT.com, as well as providing in game updates and it will also have interviews with players and club representatives during the Weekend Sports Breakfast show (Saturday and Sunday 7am - 11am) and in their dedicated rugby show, Full Contact (Sundays 8pm). The partnership will also be promo...

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  • talkSPORT announces Premiership Rugby Partnership

    talkSPORT, the world’s biggest sports radio station, has announced a partnership with Premiership Rugby to be an official broadcaster of Aviva Premiership rugby throughout the upcoming 2012/13 season. The deal will see the station broadcast major league matches including the London Double Header and finals on air and online. The station will also provide in game updates and interviews with key rugby players throughout the season. The move is a progression from last season when only the semi-fi...

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  • Attendance Boost For Premiership

    Premiership Rugby has revealed that there has been a 14.2 per cent year-or-year rise in attendances across the league during the opening six rounds. The average attendance has increased from 10,251 in 2011 to 11,950 this year, which is great news for the Aviva Premiership and its organisers but there are a couple of major contributing factors to the improved figure. Saracens v Leicester Tigers in Round 3 attracted a crowd of 41,063 at Wembley Stadium. The average without that particular fixture...

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  • Premiership TV Audience Soars

    BT Sport's first month of coverage of the Aviva Premiership has been labelled “an outstanding success” with viewing figures up by 90 per cent on last season. The 16 live games shown so far have recorded an average viewing figure of almost double that of last year, when the games were shown on ESPN and Sky Sports. Leicester Tigers versus Northampton Saints attracted 228,000 at its peak with an average of 179,000 watching the match and Harlequins versus Saracens attracted a peak of 230,000 an...

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  • New Record Crowds for Aviva Premiership

    The Aviva Premiership has recorded its highest aggregate attendance for a whole season, despite Premiership Rugby expecting a decrease due to the campaign just concluded falling during a World Cup year. The total number of fans attending matches for the season was 1,697,177 with an average audience per match of 12,572. The results show an increase in the number of spectators going to games from 12,433 for last season. Attendances dropped six per cent in the 2007-08 campaign, the last time the Pr...

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  • Saracens To Play Newcastle In Philadelphia In September?

    The Aviva Premiership fixture between Saracens and Newcastle Falcons may be staged in the USA in September. The Guardian has reported that Premiership executives seem not so wary of a direct conflict with NFL fixtures. Heath Harvey of Saracens has said that in terms of viewing figures and participation American football is “having a hard time”, creating “a vacuum which we would all like to see rugby union step into”. The second Premiership fixture on US soil will not clash with internati...

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  • Falcons Look Set to Avoid the Drop

    The Rugby Football Union have announced today that there will be no promotion from the RFU Championship to the Aviva Premiership this season due to neither London Welsh or Cornish Pirates fulfilling the requirements.  The RFU's Board of Directors has considered the findings of the independent audit report requested by London Welsh, which determines a club’s eligibility for promotion to the Aviva Premiership in line with the Minimum Standards Criteria (MSC). The report, carried out by indepe...

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