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Head to the official site for all the Premiership rugby results

While the national teams do battle in the Antipodes, trying to lift the World Cup, the domestic game begins a new season of Aviva Premiership rugby. Results, highlights, news and video clips are all available on the official website.

Premiership Rugby (www.premiershiprugby.com) is the main source for all the news and analysis of the new season. Here is the place to check on the latest comments from players and managers, and to peruse the league tables.

A World Cup year always has an influence on domestic rugby, and 2011 will be no different. The distraction of the World Cup may be a little unsettling for the first 2 months of the Premiership, but by the time the cold weather arrives in earnest, the league should get into full swing. A lot will depend on the moods and morale, not to mention the fitness, of the players returning from New Zealand.

Leicester Tigers have finished first in the league table for the last 3 seasons, but lost in the play-off final to Saracens this year, denting their assumptions of superiority in English rugby.

Saracens, the first time Premiership champions in 2011, will be among the leading challengers to the Tigers this season alongside Northampton, with Bath and Gloucester as a couple of west country dark horses.

The early matches will establish which sides have used the summer best to reinforce their squads and prepare themselves for the new season. Even if most rugby fans can't help but focus their attention on New Zealand for the duration of the World Cup, they know they can always go back to the website for all the Premiership rugby results.

 

 

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