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Each team shall play every other team in their pool either home or away. Every team shall also play one additional fixture, a ‘Derby Day’ game, against a club from outside of their pool. The points from these fixtures shall also count towards pool table results. The winners of each pool shall progress to the semi-finals, along with the highest placed runner up of the three pools.

The criteria for determining the rankings of the teams within the pools shall be as follows:

  1. Greatest league points;
  2. Most wins;
  3. Greatest points difference;
  4. Greatest points for;
  5. Most tries;
  6. Disciplinary record (red cards);
  7. Higher match points from the match between the two Clubs (that is equal on all other measure above);
  8. Determined by draw

The criteria for seeding the four semi-finalists shall be as follows:

  1. Greatest league points;
  2. Most wins;
  3. Greatest points difference;
  4. Greatest points for;
  5. Most tries;
  6. Disciplinary record (red cards);
  7. Determined by draw

Semi-finals and Final

In the semi-finals stage, the team seeded 1 will play the team seeded 4 (this will always be the team that qualified as the highest ranked pool runner up) at the home ground of the former. The team seeded 2 will play the team seeded 3 at the home ground of the former. The winners of each of these fixtures will progress to the final. The final will be held at the home ground of the finalist team which finished with the highest seeding in the pool stages.

In the semi-finals and the Final, if after 40 minutes of play each way the scores are level, there shall be a five-minute break (where the teams and players shall remain on the pitch) and then a period of extra time shall begin between the teams of ten minutes each way, with a one-minute interval. If the scores remain equal after this period of extra-time then the winner will be the team which has scored the most tries in the game (including extra-time). If the scores are level and the number of tries scored is equal, then there shall be a place kick competition.

Tom Willis, Tom Whiteley, Ted Hill, Arron Reed, James Grayson and Josh Bayliss on shortlist for Premiership Rugby Cup Breakthrough Player

Following an exciting round three of Premiership Rugby Cup action, Premiership Rugby are delighted to announce that Wasps’ Tom Willis and Tom Whiteley from Saracens have been shortlisted for this season’s Premiership Rugby Cup Breakthrough Player Award.

Launched in 2012, the Breakthrough Player Award celebrates and recognises under-23 players who have stood out in the tournament, with previous winners including the likes of Jack Nowell, Jonny May, Tom Collins and Adam Radwan.

Using OPTA match statistics, a forward and back from each round, along with two players with outstanding overall competition statistics, will form a ten-man shortlist, which will be submitted to a fan vote.

The winner will be announced prior to the Premiership Rugby Cup Final, with the lucky recipient also receiving a Promaster Tough watch courtesy of Premiership Rugby partner Citizen, while Gilbert, Official Ball and Rugby Clothing Partner of Premiership Rugby, will supply £1,000 worth of kit to a grassroots club of the winner’s choice.

So now let’s take a look as to why Willis and Whiteley have been added to the list, with Josh Bayliss of Bath Rugby, Northampton Saints’ James Grayson, Ted Hill or Worcester Warriors and Sale Sharks’ Arron Reed having already found their way onto it following the opening two rounds…

Forward – Tom Willis (Wasps)

  • Age – 19
  • Position – Number 8
  • Minutes – 80
  • Carries – 15
  • Metres – 50
  • Clean Breaks – 2
  • Defenders Beaten – 4
  • Offloads – 3
  • Tackles – 16
  • Tackle % – 100%

In 2016-17 Jack Willis was nominated as a wildcard for the Anglo-Welsh Cup Breakthrough award, fast forward two seasons and it’s younger brother Tom’s turn to receive a nomination for the Premiership Rugby Cup. Willis was relentless against Bristol Bears despite finishing on the losing side as he was the only player in Round 3 to make 15+ carries and 15+ tackles. He made two breaks, beat four defenders and gained 50 metres from his 15 carries, while no forward made more successful offloads than the young back row. He also made all 16 of his attempted tackles and won a turnover for his side in an impressive all-round performance.

Back – Tom Whiteley (Saracens)

  • Age – 22
  • Position – Scrum-half
  • Minutes – 80
  • Points – 4
  • Carries – 13
  • Metres – 48
  • Clean Breaks – 2
  • Defenders Beaten – 7
  • Try Assists – 2

Tom Whiteley gave a strong showing for Saracens during their victory over Worcester Warriors on Sunday, playing the full 80 minutes. The 22-year-old’s 13 carries were bettered by only one back at the weekend (Piers O’Connor – 14) while he ranked in the top five for defenders beaten, evading seven attempted tackles. His fine display was capped off with two try assists, the joint most in Round 3, while he also helped add to his team’s points tally with the boot, slotting over a couple of conversions.

The new format explained

Involving the 12 Gallagher Premiership Rugby clubs, and with total prize money of more than half a million pounds, the Premiership Rugby Cup will be played over four pool rounds, including the Derby Day weekend, semi-finals and Final.

The first weekend sees two matches live on BT Sport with Saracens hosting Leicester Tigers on Saturday 27 and Exeter Chiefs making the trip to Newcastle Falcons the next day.

The Premiership Rugby Cup will comprise three pools of four teams each and will kick off with the first three pool rounds starting on the last weekend of October and the last round in the New Year.

The New Year round will see Derby Day clashes for the 12 teams before the Cup moves into the knockout phase with the three pool winners and the best runner up moving into the semi-finals.

The Derby Day round is split over two weekends, ensuring all players receive a mid-season break.

  • New competition to be called Premiership Rugby Cup
  • Prize money in every match for the winning team
  • Four rounds followed by semi-final and Final
  • Final to be staged at the home ground of the highest seeded team

A pathway for young players

“The Cup has been a highly successful competition in recent years in helping develop the best new Premiership and England players, in front of big crowds and TV audiences,” said Premiership Rugby Chief Executive, Mark McCafferty.

“The pathway for young players is now clear linking the Under-18s League, the Premiership Rugby Shield and now the Premiership Rugby Cup into one strong route towards Gallagher Premiership Rugby, European competitions and Test matches.

“Many Test players including Owen Farrell, George Ford and Maro Itoje all made their senior debuts in the previous Anglo-Welsh Cup and some of the most recent Breakthrough Players of the Year have been Jack Nowell, Jonny May and Adam Radwan.

“In addition, the competition has seen many different club coaches taking responsibility for the Cup team and developing their experience and skills in charge.

“This focus on new playing and coaching talent will continue in the new Cup format with young players and coaches experiencing the challenge of bigger crowds and TV exposure.

“An audience of more than 1.3m watched live coverage of the Cup on BT Sport last season, a 37% increase year on year. This competition is fundamental to developing young players for Gallagher Premiership Rugby and European action in front of big crowds at matches with a more intense atmosphere.”

Excitement building

Holders Exeter Chiefs kick off the defence of their title against Newcastle Falcons and Chiefs Director of Rugby Rob Baxter said: “You need to run a strong squad to be successful in Gallagher Premiership Rugby and in Europe so the Premiership Rugby Cup is crucial for those squad players as they are trying to prove themselves.

“These are important games of rugby as you are putting an Exeter Chiefs shirt on. We expect the guys to go out and play well every time and that formula has been pretty successful for us so far with us getting to Finals and winning it last year.

“The Cup competition is a perfect bridge to Gallagher Premiership Rugby and Europe for a player and we believe if players have shown good form in the Cup competition they will show good form in Premiership and Europe.

Baxter is a big fan of the Derby Day concept adding: “We play both Bath Rugby and Bristol Bears in the pool stages which creates two brilliant derbies for us – great for both sets of supporters too. I’m really looking forward to all four rounds – they are quality fixtures for us and we can use them to develop our players.”