Tyrrells Premier 15s Fixtures
The Tyrrells Premier 15s 2018-2019 fixtures were announced by the Rugby Football Union earlier today. There will be 18 rounds, beginning 8-9 September and culminating with playoffs and a title final on 27 April 2019. The venue for the Final will be announced in due course.
The League will consist of 10 teams with each team having home and away fixtures. The teams remain the same as the first season since there is no promotion or relegation for the first three years of England’s top women’s domestic competition.
There is one change from the first season with the top four teams playing in the semi-finals, hosted at the respective grounds of the first and second ranked team after the conclusion of the league games.
Sky Sports will continue to broadcast select matches during the season. Last season there were10 games live-streamed and two broadcast live. The first match to be broadcast live will be the Wasps FC Ladies v Loughborough Lightning on 15 September (KO 1.35pm) hosted at Ealing Trailfinders RFC and live on Sky Sports as a doubleheader with the Greene King IPA Championship hosts.
There are also five confirmed doubleheaders between Tyrrells Premier 15s and Gallagher Premiership Rugby clubs, including Harlequins’ first home game against Bristol Bears Women which will be held at the Twickenham Stoop following Harlequins v Bath on Saturday 15 September.
Tyrrell’s Premier 15s Staff Comments
RFU Head of Women’s Performance Nicky Ponsford said: “We look forward to building on the success of the Tyrrells Premier 15s following a great first season and this promises to be another hugely exciting year for the competition.
“Last year we unearthed talented new players who went on to represent the Red Roses and we look forward to growing our player pool as we continue to raise standards, further developing the links between club and country.”
Ponsford added: “The standard of rugby last season was excellent and we look forward to continuing to work with the clubs to deliver the highest level of competition.”
Tyrrells’ Marketing Manager, Sarah Lawson, said: “We were incredibly proud to sponsor the inaugural elite women’s rugby competition, Tyrrells Premier 15s.
“The partnership between Tyrrells and the RFU is a union of two much loved and iconic English brands, working together to inspire more women to take part in rugby. The first year has been such a huge success – and with our support, the Tyrrells Premier 15s will continue to help the RFU increase participation and interest in the women’s game, as well as continue to strengthen and grow the England Women’s rugby team.
“We are sure this season is going to be just as exciting as the last and we are looking forward to seeing who takes home the trophy in 2019.”