English Premiership restart to ring in new programme
LONDON (UK) – The English Premiership gears into action this weekend, after five months of being mundane.
It is set to start off with Harlequins v Sale on Friday, the rest of the nine rounds of Premiership matches will be reduced to six weeks. The playoffs and final would be held on October 24, before the next season kicks off at the end of November.
The 2020-21 season will culminate on June 26, five days ahead of the British & Irish Lions are likely to play their first tour game in South Africa.
The new programme insist they will ensure players get adequate rest and recovery.
Many coaches emphasised that it feels great to have a full squad of fit and rejuvenated players.
The restart will see teams with players and caches, who have been involved elsewhere when the season was postponed.
Among them figure the most prominent the Fijian centre Semi Radradra and England prop Kyle Sinckler, who are the latest additions to a Bristol side sitting third with serious title ambitions.
Sale, which comes second, have roped in Manu Tuilagi from a Leicester side, now coached by ex-England captain Steve Borthwick as they prep up to visit league leaders Exeter on Saturday.
Chris Boyd, Director of Rugby at fourth-placed Northampton told The Times podcast “The Ruck” this week, “I think Exeter will be hard to beat but I do think there are a number of teams who can force their way into the top four. It’s hugely competitive, there’s a cat’s whisker between success and failure, and how you get out of the blocks really counts.”
Sale Director of Rugby Steve Diamond told “The Ruck”. “We are all going to have players who are knackered. The sides who look after their players best are the sides that will have the most success.”
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