Rugby scraps relegation from Premiership and Championship next season
Premiership Rugby relegation has been scrapped for this season due to the financial impact of the coronavirus
pandemic and the trap door might stay shut to the top-flight until 2026.
Saracens, who were relegated for cheating the salary cap, remain favorites to go up into a new 13-team
League for the upcoming campaign.
RFU’s decision means the league will be expanded from 12 to 13 teams for the 2021/2022 campaign with
11 in the Championship; RFU was concerned “relegation would not be based on merit”;
Full review of domestic calendar to take place to provide extra preparation time for France 2023 Rugby World
cup, provided the winner of the current Championship is eligible for promotion under the set criteria,
the 2021/22season will consist of 13 teams in the Gallagher Premiership and 11 in the Championship.
Over the next four months the RFU, Premiership Rugby and Championship representatives will work
on recommendations for changes to the season structures for 2021/22 and beyond for both the Premiership
and Championship with a full review of the domestic calendar to “allow additional preparation time for
the England senior men’s team ahead of Rugby World Cup 2023”.