United side switched to north sec­tion

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GLOUCESTER United have been moved to the north­ern sec­tion of the Premier­ship Rugby Shield next sea­son.

With last sea­son’s run­ners-up New­cas­tle rel­e­gated from the Premier­ship, their place in the com­pe­ti­tion has been taken by Lon­don Irish, who re­turn fol­low­ing their pro­mo­tion from the Cham­pi­onship.

That means Gloucester, as the most north­ern based club in last sea­son’s south­ern con­fer­ence, will now face Mon­day night trips to the likes of Sale and Le­ices­ter rather than tra­di­tional lo­cal ri­vals Bris­tol and Bath in the re­serve team com­pe­ti­tion.

Each club will play 10 games, home and away against ev­ery side in their con­fer­ence, with the top two go­ing into the semi-fi­nals.

With the new sea­son start­ing with the Premier­ship Cup and the World Cup tak­ing place this year, the Shield will start later in line with the Premier­ship and Eu­ro­pean com­pe­ti­tions with Gloucester at home to Le­ices­ter Tigers in their first game on Novem­ber 25.

Sara­cens Storm won last sea­son’s com­pe­ti­tion, com­plet­ing a 55-14 vic­tory over New­cas­tle Fal­cons A in the fi­nal at Kingston Park.

Corin Palmer, head of elite per­for­mance and player de­vel­op­ment at Premier­ship Rugby, said: “The Premier­ship Rugby Shield en­sures Academy play­ers get the chance to play along­side se­nior pro­fes­sion­als to pre­pare them for Gal­lagher Premier­ship rugby.”

» GLOUCESTER’S Premier­ship Shield fix­tures

Novem­ber

25 Le­ices­ter ........................................................... (H) De­cem­ber

16 Northampto­n .................................................. (A)

23 Worces­ter ......................................................... (H)

30 Sale ...................................................................... (A) Jan­uary

20 Wasps ................................................................. (A) March

23 Northampto­n ................................................. (H) April

6 Worces­ter ........................................................... (A)

13 Wasps .................................................................. (H)

20Sale ...................................................................... (H)

May 4 Le­ices­ter ............................................................. (A)

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