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Premiership beckons for champions Rotherham

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Last year also saw Rotherham top the table but they were denied entry into the top tier due to off-field issues relating to the state of their stadium, although an investigation is currently underway to determine whether Premiership clubs may have offered financial incentives for Rotherham to stay down – an allegation they strenuously deny.

Just whose place, if anyone's, Rotherham will take in the Premiership is still far from decided, with a number of teams involved at the scrap of the bottom of the league, most notably Bath, Newcastle, Bristol, Saracens and London Irish.

There have also been reports that struggling west country sides Bath and Bristol may merge, an occurence which would likely see no relegation from the top flight, although confirmation of this move has not been made as yet.

Rotherham were last in the Zurich Premiership during the 2000/1 season, having beaten Bedford in a two-leg play-off to earn promotion, but despite some solid performances they finished bottom of the table, and were automatically relegated.

Among their current playing contingent are Italy fly-half Ramiro Pez, England Sevens wing Rob Thirlby, USA centre Jason Keyter and ex-Samoan back Mike Umaga.

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