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RFU Statement: Relegation from/Promotion to Gallagher Premiership

12.02.21
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Following last week’s confirmation of the 2020/21 Greene King IPA Championship season structure and fixture list, today’s announcement from the RFU Council confirming promotion into the Gallagher Premiership for the winner of the 2020/21 Championship is very welcome.

Saracens is fully focused on preparing for the start of the season on 6th March and performing to the best of our ability.

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The RFU Council today cast a strong majority vote in favour of no relegation from the Gallagher Premiership or the Greene King IPA Championship for the 2020/21 season.

Council members considered the impact Covid-19 has had on all areas of the game, including the earlier decision to suspend promotion and relegation in the community game and the Gallagher Premiership cancelling a significant number of matches in the 2020/21 season.  These cancellations have resulted in a material impact on league positions which could mean relegation based on cancellation not on field merit.

Over the next four months the RFU, Premiership Rugby and Championship representatives will work on recommendations for changes to the season structures for 2021/22 and beyond for both the Premiership and Championship.

It is hoped that proposals will include a different approach to promotion and relegation from the Gallagher Premiership.  The aim will be to retain the ambition of clubs in the Greene King IPA Championship and below and to continue to allow a route to promotion to the Gallagher Premiership. New minimum standard criteria, investment in facilities and club funding will be discussed.  The domestic calendar will be reviewed, which will also allow additional preparation time for the England senior men’s team ahead of Rugby World Cup 2023.  Player welfare will be central to the proposals and the RPA will be consulted on the development of season structures.   It is likely that any season structures may also include a further moratorium on promotion and relegation for three or four seasons, after which the structure will be subject to further review.  Those proposals would be subject to a vote of the RFU Council before the end of the 2020/21 season.

Speaking about the RFU Council vote, RFU President, HH Jeff Blackett said: “The RFU Council has taken time to understand and discuss all the factors regarding no relegation for this season so that we act in the best interests of all levels of the game.  We want to ensure a healthy elite game to support successful winning England teams that generate income to stimulate and preserve the game across all levels.  The Council will continue to be closely engaged with the proposals from the RFU, Premiership Rugby and the Championship to ensure we maintain the integrity of the future league structures for England Rugby."

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Juan Figallo to leave Saracens

Saracens can today confirm that Juan Figallo will be leaving the club at the end of the season. The club stalwart, who has had enormous success as a player and coach will now depart for a new challenge once the 2023/24 campaign comes to a close. ‘Chipi’ made 96 appearances for the club between 2014 […]

24.05.24
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TEAM NEWS | Saracens Women vs Gloucester-Hartpury (Allianz PWR Rd 17)

Second-row Emma Taylor is expecting a physical battle against table-toppers Gloucester-Hartpury on Saturday. Saracens Women return to StoneX Stadium for the final time in the regular season, knowing that they could potentially seal a home semi-final berth. They'll be coming up against a Gloucester-Hartpury side though who are unbeaten this season and have secured top […]

24.05.24
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SQUAD UPDATE | Saracens Mavericks

Saracens Mavericks can confirm that attacker Sophie Egbaran has joined the club for the remainder of the 2024 season. The Goal Attacker was formally part of the Wasps pathway system and has since played for Central Warriors, where she was named U21 NPL Player of the Season in 2023, and Loughborough Lightning in the NPL. […]

23.05.24
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