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Will Carpenter


Posted Monday, July 22nd 2019

2019/20 Premiership Shield fixtures announced

Bristol Bears ‘A’ will kick off their Premiership Shield campaign with a trip to London Irish on w/c November 25th.

Bristol will once again compete in the Southern Pool, alongside Harlequins, Bath United, Exeter Braves, Saracens Storm and London Irish.

Round two sees Bears ‘A’ host Harlequins, before a trip to Bath United in round three. Bristol sign off the Southern Pool with a home fixture against London Irish on w/c May 4th.

All dates and kick-off times are TBC.

Bristol Bears ‘A’ Premiership Shield fixtures (dates and times TBC:

R1: w/c November 25th – London Irish vs Bristol Bears ‘A’
R2: w/c December 16th – Bristol Bears ‘A’ vs Harlequins
R3: w/c December 23rd – Bath United vs Bristol Bears ‘A’
R4: w/c December 30th – Bristol Bears ‘A’ vs Exeter Braves
R5: w/c January 20th – Bristol Bears ‘A’ vs Saracens Storms
R6: w/c March 23rd – Harlequins vs Bristol Bears ‘A’
R7: w/c April 6th – Bristol Bears ‘A’ vs Bath United
R8: w/c April 13th – Saracens Storm vs Bristol Bears ‘A’
R9: w/c April 20th – Exeter Braves vs Bristol Bears ‘A’
R10: w/c May 4th – Bristol Bears ‘A’ vs London Irish

Corin Palmer - head of elite performance and player development at Premiership Rugby - sees how the competition fits perfectly into the player and coach pathway in England.

He said: “The Premiership Rugby Shield is a vital component of our Premiership Rugby season structure and competitive pathway that ensures Academy players get the chance to play alongside senior professionals to prepare them for Gallagher Premiership Rugby.

“It’s not just for academy players though – with first-team matchday squads limited to 23 players, we need to ensure our senior players have the opportunity to play meaningful, competitive rugby as well. Last season the average age in the competition was 22, compared to 25 in Gallagher Premiership Rugby.

“It’s a case of keeping those players match fit and ready when called upon, and to prepare some really good young players so they can step up to that level, too.

“The Shield works hand-in-hand with the Premiership Rugby Cup as a pathway to Gallagher Premiership Rugby and it is a vital stepping stone in a player’s journey.

“Supporters are excited about being able to see the next generation of players coming through, as well as some of the senior players perhaps returning from injury. No doubt success helps a club as a whole – learning to win at this stage is vitally important and being able to win that title is obviously a significant feather in the cap.

“The season starts a lot later than usual this year due to the Rugby World Cup, but all of the players will be back in pre-season by now and raring to go. They’ll be looking forward to the Premiership Rugby Shield in November, and training alongside their first-team peers vying to develop as much as they can.”