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1996–97 English Premiership (rugby union)

The 1996–97 English Premiership (known as the Courage League National 1 for sponsorship reasons) was the tenth season of the top flight of rugby union in England. It was the first professional season in English rugby union history. The league was made up of twelve teams with each team playing each other twice, in a round robin system. Wasps were the champions, with a winning margin of six points above Bath, the runners–up. West Hartlepool and Orrell were relegated to National Division 2.[1] It was the tenth and final season of sponsorship by Courage.[2]

1996–97 Courage League National 1
Countries England
ChampionsWasps RFC (2nd title)
Runners-upBath
RelegatedWest Hartlepool
Orrell
Matches played132
Official website
www.premiershiprugby.com

Contents

Participating teamsEdit

TableEdit


Club
Played
Won
Drawn
Lost
Points For
Points Against
Points Difference
Points
1 Wasps (C) 22 18 1 3 685 406 279 37
2 Bath 22 15 1 6 863 411 452 31
3 Harlequins 22 15 0 7 745 416 329 30
4 Leicester Tigers 22 14 1 7 600 395 205 29
5 Sale Sharks 22 13 2 7 603 525 78 28
6 Saracens 22 12 1 9 568 449 119 25
7 Gloucester 22 11 1 10 476 589 -113 23
8 Northampton Saints 22 10 0 12 515 477 38 20
9 Bristol 22 8 1 13 432 625 -193 17
10 London Irish 22 6 0 16 502 747 -245 12
11 West Hartlepool (R) 22 3 0 19 382 795 -413 6
12 Orrell (R) 22 3 0 19 350 886 -536 6
  • Points are awarded as follows:
  1. two points for a win
  2. one point for a draw
  3. no points for a loss
  • If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:
  1. difference between points for and against
  2. total number of points for
Green denotes the champions and qualification for the 1997–98 Heineken Cup. Blue denotes qualification for the 1997–98 Heineken Cup. Buff denotes the relegation/promotion play–off places. Pink denotes the relegation places to 1997–98 Allied Dunbar Premership Two.

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ResultsEdit

The Home Team is listed on the left column.

Clubs BAT BRI GLO HAR LEI LOI NOR ORR SAL SAR WAS WHA
Bath Rugby 76-7 71-21 35-20 47-9 46-3 52-14 40-14 84-7 35-33 36-40 46-10
Bristol 13-18 18-13 24-35 12-38 26-38 20-11 38-10 34-24 11-21 18-41 20-17
Gloucester RFC 29-45 20-20 11-27 32-30 29-19 19-6 30-0 12-16 9-6 28-23 37-10
Harlequins 22-6 29-6 75-19 18-34 66-7 36-16 89-18 30-31 27-0 22-42 48-10
Leicester Tigers 28-25 53-19 32-14 12-13 46-13 23-9 36-14 25-9 22-18 18-12 48-3
London Irish 31-56 27-28 20-21 20-19 25-18 34-21 27-48 19-25 23-37 20-22 52-41
Northampton Saints 9-6 29-21 25-27 15-20 22-19 31-21 41-7 30-12 17-10 15-26 46-20
Orrell 13-56 27-28 3-49 20-56 12-29 32-27 14-50 8-40 22-44 27-44 22-15
Sale Sharks 11-5 31-33 52-12 24-13 20-20 41-25 31-15 37-11 33-23 31-33 58-18
Saracens 36-29 33-15 41-11 28-20 25-23 45-0 24-23 24-15 17-17 15-28 51-8
Wasps 25-25 15-13 36-10 17-19 14-7 31-18 18-13 62-5 36-10 36-21 36-12
West Hartlepool 16-24 19-8 14-23 21-41 19-30 18-33 17-57 24-8 22-43 25-16 23-48


Home Win Draw Away Win

Relegation/Promotion play–offsEdit

For the first time play–offs took place between the third and fourth placed teams in Division Two and the ninth and tenth placed teams in Division One. The play–offs followed a 4th v 9th, 3rd v 10th system – with the games being played over two legs and the second tier team playing at home in the first leg.[2]

First legEdit

7 May 1997
Bedford Blues 11 – 20 Bristol
7 May 1997
Coventry 16 – 14 London Irish

Second legEdit

11 May 1997
Bristol 19 – 12 Bedford
  • Bristol won 39 – 23 on aggregate to retain their place in Division One
11 May 1997
London Irish 28 – 7 Coventry
  • London Irish won 42 – 23 on aggregate to retain their place in Division One

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "League Tables". London Irish. Archived from the original on 2012-09-06. Retrieved 2011-10-18.
  2. ^ a b c Mick Cleary and John Griffiths, ed. (1997). Rothmans Rugby Union Yearbook 1997–98. London: Headline Book Publishing. ISBN 0 7472 7732 X.

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