Oct 22, 2018
Introducing the Premiership Rugby Cup
After six rounds of Gallagher Premiership Rugby and the opening two rounds of the Heineken Champions Cup the season’s third competition, the Premiership Rugby Cup, gets underway this weekend.
What is the Premiership Rugby Cup?
This year’s revamped Cup competition replaces the old Anglo-Welsh Cup and sees the 12 Gallagher Premiership sides go head to head in a new format. The tournament sees the clubs split in to three pools for the opening stages – Sarries have been drawn alongside Leicester Tigers, Worcester Warriors and Sale Sharks – before facing one side outside of their pool in a Derby Day fixture. Following this the Cup moves into the knockout phase with the three pool winners and the best runner up moving into the semi-finals.
What’s changed from the old Anglo-Welsh Cup?
This year’s Cup competition will just involve Gallagher Premiership sides with the Welsh regions working towards the launch of a new U23s competition. The competition also sees a new format which moves away from the Anglo-Welsh set up where clubs would not play the other teams in their pool.
What can fans expect from the Premiership Rugby Cup?
The Cup gives fans the chance to see some of the brightest new talent in the league in action. Some of Sarries biggest names have made their senior team debuts in the old Anglo-Welsh competition in the past, with the tournament forming an important part of the senior player pathway, and this is your chance to get to know some of the stars of the future before anyone else. Plus, with the addition of a Derby Day round later in the competition fans can be sure they’ll be witnessing some fiercely fought battles against some familiar rivals!
Who’s up first for Sarries?
Saracens face Leicester in their opening Cup match this Saturday at Allianz Park as two former Cup champions go head to head. Both sides have been well represented at England U20s level in recent seasons and have a wealth of young talent to watch out for. Keep an eye out for the likes of second row Joel Kpoku on the home side and for 20 year old Jordan Olowofela for the Tigers who both impressed for the England age group side at this year’s U20 World Championships.
Want to catch Sarries in Premiership Rugby Cup action? Book your tickets now at www.saracens.com/tickets.