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Rugby Competitions

Anthony Allen of Leicester Tigers is tackled by Steve Borthwick and Andy Saull of Saracens as Ben Youngs and Tom Croft look on

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The top level of English Rugby boasts a variety of exciting competitions, ranging from the fiercely competitive Championship right through to England's finest competing in the RBS 6 Nations.

Make your selection from the left hand menu for detailed information about each individual competition.

The pinnacle of English club rugby is the Aviva Premiership which features the top 12 teams in the country battling it out over 22 rounds of games, followed by a play-off stage, in the race to Twickenham for the Aviva Premiership final.

Premiership clubs and four Welsh Regions also compete in the LV= Cup which is played over four weekends, followed by the semi-finals and finals.

The second tier of English Rugby is called the RFU Championship and consists of 12 clubs hungry for the single Premiership promotion slot. Formerly named National Division One, the Championship sees each team playing 11 games, home and away, in a league format before the drama of the play-offs begins.

Championship clubs also compete in the British & Irish Cup which also includes the development teams from the four Irish provinces; the top four teams from Scotland’s RBS Premier Division 1 last season; and the 12 teams from Wales’ Principality Premiership.

The England Sevens team huddle before their game against Scotland during day one of the IRB London Sevens at Twickenham Stadium

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You can also find out information on the Women's Rugby World Cup which takes place every four years as well as the annual Marriott London Sevens event which is a notoriously fun-filled, action packed couple of days.

Don't forget to keep up-to-date with all of the latest Premiership, Championship and England news in our dedicated news section.


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