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How to watch Aviva Premiership Rugby

Premiership Rugby is the highest level rugby union competition in England, making it must-see TV for rugby and sports fans. Here's how to watch Aviva Premiership Rugby.

Aviva Premiership Rugby is the highest level rugby union competition in England, with the likes of Harlequins, Newcastle Falcons, Leicester Tigers and Northampton Saints battling it out to be named the nation's best team.

Aviva Premiership Rugby is exclusive to BT Sport, which shows 69 live games per season with analysis from the likes of Craig Doyle, Lawrence Dallaglio, and former England internationals Ben Kay, Austin Healey, Martin Bayfield and Matt Dawson.

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How does the Aviva Premiership work?

Aviva Premiership Rugby cup

The Aviva Premiership is made up of 12 teams. The title winners are decided through a playoff system in which the top-placed team plays the fourth while the second place team plays the third. The winners of these semi-finals then competes in the final with the winner crowned English champions.

The competition has been running since 1987 when the Courage Leagues were formed. The current champions are the Saracens, but the Leicester Tigers have the most overall wins with 10 titles.

The current clubs are:

  • Bath
  • Bristol
  • Exeter Chiefs
  • Gloucester
  • Harlequins
  • Leicester Tigers
  • Newcastle Falcoms
  • Northampton Saints
  • Sale Sharks
  • Saracens
  • Wasps
  • Worcester Warriors

The season runs from September to May with 22 rounds of matches so each club can play each other both home and away. Four points are awarded for a win, two points are awarded for a draw and no points are awarded for a loss (although one point is given to teams that lose a match by seven points or fewer). A bonus point is awarded to teams scoring four tries or more in a match.

The title match is played in May.

Where can I see Aviva Premiership Rugby?

Although ITV shows highlights, the only place to see full live games from Aviva Premiership Rugby is BT Sport. Since 2013, BT Sport has held the exclusive rights to the Aviva Premiership league games.

You can easily add BT Sport onto any TV package you have, whether you're with BT or another provider.

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You can read more about how to add BT Sport to your package in our guide on how to get BT Sport.

How can I watch Aviva Premiership Rugby online

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If you're signed up for BT Sport, you can watch any of its channels when you're out and about either through the BT Sport app or BT Sport's webplayer.

Alternatively, depending on your provider, you might be able to watch BT Sport through your provider's own app.

Read more information about how to watch BT Sport online on our guide to BT Sport.

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