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Aviva Premiership

Bath's Lee Mears fends off Danny Care of Harlequins during a Premiership clash between the two sides

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English rugby’s richest prize, European qualification and pride are all at stake in the 2012/13 Aviva Premiership.

Each year 12 teams battle it out over 22 rounds of games, followed by a play-off stage, in the race to Twickenham for the biggest club rugby match anywhere in the world, the Premiership final.

During the season, teams are awarded four points for a win and two points for a draw. A single bonus point is also awarded to any team that loses a match by less than seven points, and to any team that scores four tries or more in a match.

At the end of the regular season the top four teams in the league are entered into the play-off semi-finals, before the winners of those games progress to the Aviva Premiership final at Twickenham Stadium.

For teams at the other end of the table there is the threat of relegation to contend with, because at the end of the 22 match league season, the team at the bottom of the table are automatically relegated to the RFU Championship.

You can keep up-to-date with information on the Premiership season in the dedicated Premiership news section on

European Qualification

As well as the title of Aviva Premiership Champions, teams are also playing for European qualification, with the top six clubs at the end of the 2012/13 season making it through to the Heineken Cup 2013/14.

If an Aviva Premiership team wins the Heineken Cup this season and finishes in the top six of the league then an additional Heineken Cup place is awarded to the team finishing seventh in the league.

Clubs competing in the 2012/13 Aviva Premiership:
Bath Rugby Exeter Chiefs
Gloucester Rugby Harlequins
Leeds Carnegie Leicester Tigers
London Irish London Wasps
London Welsh Northampton Saints
Sale Sharks Saracens

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