Sunday, September 07, 2008
The Guinness Premiership kicked off yesterday in England, in much the same manner as the French Top 14 did - with an upset. Champions Wasps were downed by London Irish, and in the other match of the day, Harlequins beat Saracens.
As with the French league, the Guinness Premiership will once again showcase some of the top players in world rugby. The local talent aside, there have been some big names joining clubs around England, adding interest and surely adding to the quality that we saw on display last season.
Worcester will be the new home of Wallaby and former Queensland Reds star Chris Latham. The second highest all time try scorer for Australia will be approaching this next phase of his career looking to show that he's still in his prime with plenty to offer.
Kiwi flyhalf Nick Evans is another star who will be hoping to increase his reputation while at Harlequins.
The foreigners are not the only feature of the Premiership though, as the local talent is in abundance, with experience and youth mixing to create what should be another really enjoyable season for the neutral.
The Experimental Law Variations will be at play this year, and it will be interesting to watch as the teams adjust their play to adapt to and utilise the new laws to their advantage.
The Magners League also gets under way this weekend, so with contributions from dedicated users around the world, we'll once again be doing what we can to bring you the best bits from all the action taking place in Northern Hemisphere rugby this season.
So, with a summer holiday in-between, we're sure this is what a lot of you have been waiting for here on RD. The good news is, the wait is now officially over.
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