Thursday, September 1, 2011
2011-2012 Aviva Premiership starts this Saturday!
England´s domestic championship, the Aviva Premiership kicks off this weekend with a full round of six matches with the road to Twickenham following the Top 14´s lead in getting underway before the start of Rugby World Cup 2011. Because the Rugby World Cup is a week from kicking off, clubs are to play without their international players as many players are on international duty including players from al three Americas´countries at the World Cup - Argentina, Canada and the United States of America. This season features thirteen players from Argentina in the Premiership with six of them playing at Rugby World Cup 2011, bit one of whom will be wearing Italian colors. Of the twelve clubs in the Aviva Premiership, eight have players from Argentina while two have players from the USA and one has a Canadian.
During the early rounds of the competition Rugby World Cup-Argentina2023 will be taking a look at the players from Argentina in the Aviva Premiership. Starting next week the teams with players who will be involved in New Zealand 2011 will be featured as the America´s continues to over achieve despite being the last region, after Asia in 2019, to never have hosted a Rugby World Cup. The region has some outstanding players who will be on show in England in the 2011-2012 season and who will also shine brightly for Argentina, Canada and the United States of America at the upcoming Rugby World Cup tournament.
As has become customary, the season will open with a double header in London as all four of London´s teams play on the openning night at Twickenham. Last years champions, Saracens will go up against London Wasps while London Irish will meet the Harlequins. With all teams missing players to international duty the quality will not be the same and as such weaker teams will have big chances of winning matches that they would otherwise be expected to lose. The Exeter Chiefs have received the perfect start to their campiagn with a clash against giant, Leicester, who will be missing a large list of players to multiple countries. Last seasons winners, Saracens will also be missing players which should aid the London Wasps greatly. The other battle of London encounter looms as possibly the match of the round with London Irish and the Harlequins being two sides who could impress well this season. Saturday´s other match features last seasons surprize strugglers, Sale Sharks up against the second division champions, the Worcester Warriors. Worcester do not have players invovled in the Rugby World Cup and should be targetting nothing less than a victory. Newcastle are in a comparable situation as they take on western country powerhouses Bath in a match which Bath is eternally favorite to win. With the Rugby World Cup affecting squads it could be Newcastle´s match for the taking. While the two losing Semi Finalists from last season meet in Northampton as the Saints take on Gloucester in another match to feature teams missing their stars.
Round One Fixtures
September 03 London Irish vs Harlequins
September 03 Saracens vs London Wasps
September 03 Leicester Tigers vs Exeter Chiefs
September 03 Worcester Warriors vs Sale Sharks
September 04 Newcastle Falcons vs Bath
September 04 Northampton Saints vs Gloucester