Both codes of rugby are played extensively across England but, as far as the union game is concerned, the Premiership is the place to be. This is the elite level of the sport within the English set-up and the best performing sides can all be found within this division.
A Brief History of Premiership Rugby
Rugby union received a huge boost when the sport turned professional in the 1980s. It’s always been a popular option for the betting community but it’s grown exponentially since that point with global tournaments and pro leagues coming into play.
The Premiership forms an important part of our sportsbook here at Unibet and, along with a wide set of betting options, we have a live streaming service available so that you no longer need to miss out on the best of the action.
The Premiership was incepted in 1987 - the same year that we saw the first edition of the Rugby Union World Cup. This was an exciting time for the sport with the game turning professional and bringing an entirely new competitive edge.
The division has continued, unbroken, since that 1987 start and it has grown to become one of the most popular rugby union options in this area of our sportsbook. Many hundreds of markets can be found throughout the season and, there is that support from Unibet TV to live stream top class sport onto your desktop, laptop or mobile device.
Current Teams and Format
Just 12 teams currently take part in Premiership Rugby and the campaign features a regular season and a postseason. To start off that sequence, sides will play each other on a home and away basis and the final standings will be taken into account ahead of the playoff stage.
At the end of 22 regular season matches, the side at the bottom will be relegated into the second tier of English rugby union. Meanwhile, at the other end of the table, the top four teams progress to the next phase. Concluding the season is a knockout stage with two semi finals and a final. Following that final, the winning team is declared as Premiership Champions.
Over the relatively brief history of Premiership Rugby, Leicester Tigers are the most successful team in the competition with ten titles up to and including the 2019/20 season. At that point in time, only three other sides had won the trophy on multiple occasions and they are Bath, Wasps and Saracens.
You can monitor the progress of all 12 sides in the Premiership by tuning in to the live coverage provided by Unibet TV. You don’t have to bet on the match in order to watch it but you may want to view your stake in real time as the bet plays out. For those looking to bet in the live markets, it’s worth noting that the live stream will update in play odds as the match progresses and this could help you make a more informed decision as you consider the options.
Whether pre-match or in play, our sportsbook covers a multitude of betting picks and it all starts before a ball is even kicked.
Betting on and Watching Live Premiership Rugby
Betting markets for major rugby union competitions start with outright options which come into place before the season gets underway. For the Premiership, odds for all 12 participating teams will therefore be in place some time ahead of the new campaign and our customers can consider whether there is any long term, ante post value.
Match betting will naturally start to take over as soon as the season begins. Moneyline options will involve prices for each side and, while the draw is relatively rare, there will be odds in place on a share of the points.
Prop bets may include total points and first tryscorer while any form of rugby union has a home over at the live section of our sportsbook.
To watch the action on Unibet TV, just make sure that you have funds in your account or that you have placed a cash bet within 24 hours of the match. For flexible viewing, the stream can be picked up on any connected mobile device but you can also watch on desktop or laptop.