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Statement | RFU announce moratorium on relegation and minimum standards review

Following the announcement from the Rugby Football Union this afternoon, Gloucester Rugby supports the decision to remove relegation from the 2020-21 season due to the continued impact of the Covid pandemic on professional sport.  

It is imperative that in such unusual times we protect the long-term sustainability of professional rugby in England, and this decision does provide each and every Gallagher Premiership club with stability in what has been a year full of uncertainty and turbulence.

We are an extremely ambitious club, and as we continue to build under the stewardship of George Skivington, each game remains just as important as we aim to rise up the table, but also develop and grow our vision of sustainable success on and off the field.


A moratorium on relegation for the 2020-21 campaign has been approved by the RFU Council today.

The collaborative agreement across the RFU, Championship and Premiership Rugby sees the top-flight competition expanded to 13 teams from next season.

There will be no relegation from the top-flight into the Championship at the end of the 2020-21 season and no relegation from the Championship into National One. Promotion into the Gallagher Premiership remains for the winner of the Championship.

Darren Childs, Chief-Executive of Premiership Rugby said: “We welcome today’s decision and thank the RFU Council members for their support. The priority for everyone involved has been to protect the long-term sustainability and success of English professional rugby for the fans and clubs who have endured huge financial and sporting challenges throughout the last two seasons. 

"The progress being made collaboratively with all our key stakeholders across the sport has been fantastic. Our focus remains on continuing to strengthen that alignment through transparency and dialogue around the long-term success of the game at a domestic and national level in England."

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