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Premiership Rugby Shield 2019-20 fixtures announced

Premiership Rugby Shield 2019-20 fixtures announced
Gloucester United will kick off their 2019-20 Premiership Rugby Shield campaign with a home fixture against Leicester Tigers, week commencing November 25 2019.

London Irish take the place of relegated Newcastle Falcons in the competition, so the Cherry and Whites have been moved into the Northern pool of the tournament.

As a result, Gloucester United will be squaring off against Leicester Tigers, Northampton Wanderers, Sale Jets, Wasps and Worcester Cavaliers on a home and away basis.

A full list of fixtures can be found by clicking HERE.

Corin Palmer, head of elite performance and player development at Premiership Rugby, sees how the competition fits perfectly into the player and coach pathway in England. He said:

“The Premiership Rugby Shield is a vital component of our Premiership Rugby season structure and competitive pathway that ensures Academy players get the chance to play alongside senior professionals to prepare them for Gallagher Premiership Rugby.

“It’s not just for academy players though – with first-team matchday squads limited to 23 players, we need to ensure our senior players have the opportunity to play meaningful, competitive rugby as well. Last season the average age in the competition was 22, compared to 25 in Gallagher Premiership Rugby.

“It’s a case of keeping those players match fit and ready when called upon, and to prepare some really good young players so they can step up to that level, too.

“The Shield works hand-in-hand with the Premiership Rugby Cup as a pathway to Gallagher Premiership Rugby and it is a vital stepping stone in a player’s journey.”

He added:

“Players know if they do well, they’ll get picked for the Premiership Cup and then go on to be picked for Gallagher Premiership Rugby. The exposure they get from this competition gives them invaluable experience going forward.”
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