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Primacy of Tenure

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What is meant by primacy of tenure?

Primacy of tenure means a club being able to control its ability to meet a fixture list and accommodate necessary changes to fixtures.

Why do clubs need to be primary tenants?

For the Zurich Premiership to continue to be a world class competition Premier Rugby remains committed to the concept of Primacy of Tenure as an entry requirement.

There exists the need to ensure we control our own fixture list and are not constantly affected by football requirements. We need to be able to invest in our stadia and offer our loyal supporters a first class environment in which to enjoy the sport.  We also need to be able to deliver valuable broadcast and sponsorship commitments and problems arise when clubs are not primary tenants.

What about clubs who are currently in the Zurich Premiership but don’t own their own grounds?

The entry criteria and on going criteria for clubs already in the Premiership were only introduced a couple of seasons ago. Therefore allowances have to be made for clubs who are already in sharing arrangements with football clubs such as Saracens and London Irish.

What happens if the winner of National Division One has primacy of tenure but the bottom placed Premiership club doesn’t?

The National Division One club will be promoted and the Premiership club will be relegated.

What happens if the winner of National Division One doesn’t have primacy of tenure but the bottom placed Premiership club does?

The National Division One club will not be promoted.

What happens if the neither the winner of National Division One nor the bottom placed Premiership club are primary tenants?

There will be a play off to determine who will play in the following season’s Premiership.

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