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Aviva Premiership: English Premiership
The top 12 professional rugby teams in English Rugby Union compete in the English Premiership, or the Aviva Premiership as it is currently known.The teams play each other twice, home and away, whilst also competing in the European Club competitions.
Aviva Premiership: Sponsors
The league has had a number of sponsors over the years – Courage League 87/88, 96/97, Allied Dunbar Premiership 97/98, 99/00, Zurich Premiership 00/01, 04/05, Guiness Premiership 05/06, 09/10. The current sponsors are Aviva.
Aviva Premiership: Scoring
The points system keeps the tension building with the final places often not being determined until the final day. Teams get 4 points for a win and 2 for a draw. However a team that scores 4 or more tries gets a bonus point and a team that loses by only one score i.e. 7 points also gets a point so good performances get teams their reward.
Aviva Premiership: Season
The Aviva Premiership season starts in September and when each team has completed their 22 matches, the four top teams in the league compete in a play-off for the title to see who is crowned champions at Twickenham Stadium in May.
Aviva Premiership: Relegation
At the end of the season, the lowest place team drops down to the RFU Championship previously know as the National Division One and the winner of the lower tier league play-off is promoted into their place.
Aviva Premiership: Play-off
Top of table until 2000 was enough to gain you the title. The play-offs were introduced in the 2000-2001 season and the Leicester Tigers, who had won the previous years title, picked up where they left off with a win.
Aviva Premiership: Attendance figures
The sport is growing in popularity with attendance figures showing a steep increase in recent years. The last four finalshave been watched by crowds of more than 80,000. The 2011 final between Saracens and Leicester Tigers drew over 80,000 to Twickenham to see the St Albans side win their first title.
The Saracens again proved a big draw when they played Harlequins in the 2011/12 Aviva Premiership. This top of the table clash was watched by over 83,000 fans – a new record for Premiership rugby games.
Aviva Premiership Winners
Leicester Tigers are the most successful rugby team in Premiership history with nine titles. They have dominated the league winning both pre and post play-off titles and continue to deliver for their loyal Welford Road fans.