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The 12 clubs in the 2009/10 GUINNESS PREMIERSHIP are:  Bath Rugby, Gloucester Rugby, Harlequins, Leeds Carnegie, Leicester Tigers, London Irish, London Wasps, Newcastle Falcons, Northampton Saints, Sale Sharks, Saracens and Worcester Warriors.  The GUINNESS PREMIERSHIP 2009/10 commences on the weekend of 4th/5th/6th September 2009.
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Bath RugbyBath Rugby Home L/S Shirt 09/10Bath

Coach: Steve Meehan  Captain: Michael Claassens

Established in 1865, Bath has been at the forefront of Rugby Union’s evolution in this country. Bath Rugby (also known as just Bath) is an English professional rugby union club that is based in the city of Bath.  The club has experienced major success, having in the past won England's domestic competition, the Anglo-Welsh Cup (as the John Player and Pilkington Cup), as well as the Heineken Cup.
Founded in 1865, Bath Football Club is one of the oldest and most successful clubs in existence. They play at the Recreation Ground, also known as the Rec, in the City of Bath. Their CEO is Nick Blofeld (former head of Epsom race course). Not only have we seen the standard of club rugby continue to rise in England, but also all Home Union international sides have benefited from the talent that has pulled on the Bath shirt and the men who nurtured them.

 The Rec Recreation Ground
Spring Gardens

Capacity: 11,700
Tel: 01225 325200
Fax: 01225 325201
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Coach: Bryan Redpath  Captain: Mike Tindall/Gareth Delve
 The Club was started in 1873, a recent year in ordinary reckoning but a very long time ago in the history of football. Mr Francis Hartley, an ex-captain of the Flamingoes, one of the best London teams of that day, was mainly instrumental in starting the game, and he got up a scratch team to play against the College school which 25 years ago was in a flourishing condition.Curiously enough that match was played on the present Kingsholm ground, though it was then a playing field for the college boys. The match was considered such a success that games were arranged with Hereford and Worcester but Mr Hartley and his colleagues were ignominiously defeated.The devotees of the game, however, were not daunted by these severe thrashings, and steps were taken to start a club. Messrs Hartley, H.J.Boughton (now President of the County Union) W.A.Boughton, E.T.Garden (the present Clerk of the Peace for the County) and Riddiford were the moving spirits in the movement and after a couple of meetings the Club was successfully launched .The club has no official nickname but are often referred to as the 'Cherry and Whites' by supporters and the media in reference to the traditional hooped shirts worn by the team. Gloucester Rugby's fiercest rivals are Bath, Worcester and Bristol with matches between the four sides being referred to as west country derbies. 

  Gloucester RFC, Kingsholm Stadium,
Kingsholm Road, Gloucester, GL1 3AX

Capacity: 16,500

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Fax: 01452 383321
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Coach: John Kingston Captain: Will Skinner
Mascot: Harley and Charley Bear
The Harlequin Football Club was founded in 1866 (although the first recorded game was not until 1867) as Hampstead Football Club and renamed in 1870.An offshoot of this was that there was a split in the membership of the Hampstead Football Club and the half that did not form the Harlequins went off and formed a club known as the Wasps. For our first 40 years, we were very nomadic in our existence and played at a total of 15 venues. Since 1909, we have only played at three! In 1906, Quins were invited by the Rugby Football Union to use the new national stadium in Twickenham. In 1963 we moved to the Twickenham Stoop  . The club have won the Rugby Football Union Clubs knockout competition on two occasions. The John Player Cup in 1988 and Pilkington Cup in 1991. In addition they played in the finals of 1992, 1993 and 2001. Quins became the first British side to win the European Shield in 2001, defeating Narbone 42-33 in the final.  They then became the first team to win the tournament twice; defeating Montferrand 27-26 in the final of the renamed Parker Pen Challenge Cup on 22nd May 2004.

Twickenham Stoop Stadium
Langhorn Drive

Capacity: 14,816
Tel: 020 8410 6000
Fax: 020 8410 6001
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Leeds Carnegie2009-10 Leeds Carnegie Home Shirt Leeds Carnegie
Coach: Andy Key Captain: Marco Wentzel
Mascot: Terry The Terrier
Leeds RUFC was originally formed in 1992 by a merger of Roundhay and Headingley. In turn Leeds RUFC became Leeds Tykes after the club was bought by Paul Caddick and became part of Leeds Rugby Limited, the world's first dual code rugby partnership which saw one company controlling and running a professional teams in Rugby League (Leeds Rhinos) and Rugby Union (Leeds Tykes).
However, following the Championship winning campaign of 2006-07, it was announced that Leeds Metropolitan University had entered into a joint venture with the club and taken a majority stake in Leeds Tykes, with the club renamed Leeds Carnegie for their return to the Guinness Premiership.

Headingley Carnegie Stadium
St Michael's Lane
Capacity: 20,500
Tel: 08450 700881
Fax: 08450 70082
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Leicester TigersPlayer Quality Home ShirtLeicester Tigers
Coach: Richard Cockerill  Captain: Geordan Murphy
Mascot: Leicester Tigers
Founded in 1880, Leicester Football Club, or Leicester Tigers as they are more commonly known, have gone on to become one of the most successful and well-known rugby clubs in the world.  The club was formed in August 1880 at a meeting in the George Hotel, Leicester and was an amalgamation of three clubs: Leicester Societies AFC, Leicester Amateur FC and Leicester Alert. Leicester Football Club played their first game that October against Moseley at the Belgrave Cricket and Cycle Ground in their original club colours of black.  It was towards the end of the 1970s that Tigers really began to grow. At the start of the decade the club had just 600-700 members and gates less of than 1,000. By end of the '70s, Tigers had reached their first cup final and the club was on its way towards a substantial period of growth. Supporters and players alike attributed this change in attitude to the presence of Chalkie White, who came to Leicester in 1968. He was a very forward thinking coach with high standards in terms of fitness and tactical awreness. His unique style of coaching brought the team success on the pitch and with that success came an increase in supporter numbers.  The 70s was a fantastic era for the famous Barbarians fixture where, in contrast with the usual 750-2000 spectators, the team played in front of a packed house at Welford Road. In the 1980s, the club still enjoyed the benefits of amateur rugby with nights away and Easter tours, but off the pitch they were taking their first steps towards corporate sponsorship. The turn of the century saw an impressive run of success for Leicester Tigers as they took the Premiership title for four years in a row from 1998-2002 and became the first team to win the European Cup in successive seasons.
Recreation Ground Welford Road
Aylestone Road
Leicester LE2 7TR
Capacity: 24,000
Tel: 0116 254 1607
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London IrishPicture of 2009/10 Replica Home Short Sleeve Shirt-LON3448London Irish
Coach: Tony Booth  Captain: Bob Casey
Mascot: Digger the Wolfhound
As the 19th century drew to a close there was a consensus of opinion on both sides of the Irish Sea that a sporting club for Irishmen in London was badly needed. Part of the inspiration for this was the example of the exiles from the other home countries, London Scottish had been formed in 1878 and London Welsh seven years later in 1895. These clubs offered their countrymen a home away from home in London, a place to meet and relax while employment or education or other reasons took them away from their home country. So it was in 1898 that a group of Irishmen came together to form their own club, the London Irish Rugby Football Club. The founding fathers were an exceptional group of powerful personalities embracing politicians, lawyers and businessmen united by a sense of Irishness and passion for rugby. From the beginning London Irish was to provide a welcoming "home" and hospitable meeting place for all Irish people, regardless of creed or politics. The 1990s were a period of great change for rugby throughout the world. London Irish appointed Clive Woodward as Coach in 1995 and he was to play an important role in ensuring the club was positioned to stay among the upper echelons of the game when it went professional in August 1996.  Encouraged by its success in making Madejski Stadium a ‘home from home’, the club entered into an agreement with Reading FC in 2008 that will see London Irish play its home matches at the stadium until 2025.

Madejski Stadium
Madejski Stadium
Junction 11, M4
Capacity: 24,105

Tel: 01932 783034
Fax: 1932784462
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Coach: Tony Hanks  Captain: Paul Rees
 Mascot: Sting 
Wasps RUFC was originally formed in 1867 at the now defunct Eton and Middlesex Tavern in North London, before the advent of the Rugby Football Union as an administrative body.  The Club's first home was in Finchley Road, North London although subsequent years saw grounds being rented in various parts of London. In 1923 Wasps moved to their previous home of Sudbury, eventually buying the ground outright. Although the team currently grace the Adams Park Stadium, High Wycombe, on home matchdays, the Sudbury clubhouse still exists and Sudbury is still considered the Club's spiritual home by diehard fans. The history of Wasps is a long and proud one and if next season is anything like the past few years, the loyal fans of Wasps are in for some great times.  London Wasps is certainly a Club and Team to be proud of and we look forward to this Rugby World Cup year to see our stars set the world alight.

Adams Park
Hillbottom Rd
High Wycombe
HP12 4HJ
Capacity: 10,516
Tel: 020 89938298
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Newcastle FalconsArrayNewcastle Falcons
Coach: Steve Bates Captain: Carl Hayman
Mascot: Flash the Falcon 
The Newcastle Falcons story dates back to 1877, when a group of old boys from Durham School met in a private house in Gosforth to discuss the formation of a new rugby club in the area. From there, the Gosforth Football Club was born, with its first game taking place in November of that year. Maintaining its links with Durham School, Gosforth played in the school’s colours of green and white hoops, right through until the 1990s. The 1996/7 season saw the first under the current name of Newcastle Falcons, and the club also changed its home colours to black and white. That year saw the team rise through the second tier of English club rugby and clinch promotion to the Premiership, scoring masses of points on the way.  So, after more than a century-and-a-quarter of existence, it is clear that the history of Newcastle Falcons – under whichever name and at whichever ground – has been one of great persistence and resilience, under-pinned by the dedication of those charged with its upkeep, and its loyal and growing support base.

Kingston Park
Brunton Road
Kenton Bank Foot
NE13 8AF

Capacity: 10,000
Tel: 0191 214 5588
Fax: 0191 2715213
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Northampton SaintsNorthampton Saints
Coach: Jim Mallinder  Captain: Dylan Schofield
Mascot: Bernie the St. Bernard
 The history of Northampton Rugby Football Club goes back to 1880. A local clergyman, the Reverend Samuel Wathen Wigg, was credited with starting the Saints. He formed a rugby team from something called the church improvement class as a way for some high-spirited boys to let off steam. Franklin’s Gardens was formerly a pleasure gardens and small zoo. In the 2007/8 season, the team played in England's second tier, National Division One, but has returned to the Guinness Premiership for the 2008/9 season, having clinched the ND1 championship with their victory over Exeter Chiefs on March 22, 2008.

The Northampton Saints were formed in 1880. The club won their first - and only - major trophy when they defeated Munster in the 1999-2000 Heineken Cup final. The Saints are back where they belong. But the hard work starts now...

Franklin Gardens
Weedon Road
Capacity: 13,591
Tel: 01604 599110
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Coach: Kingsley Jones  Captain: Dean Schofield
Mascot: Sharky  

The club is an offshoot of Sale F.C., which is based in Sale, Greater Manchester, but Sharks currently play in Stockport at Edgeley Park, ground sharing with Stockport County F.C.

Part of the process of creating a rugby union team to represent the North West region has been in the development of a strong academy. Through their junior team The Jets (presumably named to go alongside The Sharks as a reference to West Side Story) , the club has developed many talented home-grown players, including; Steve Hanley, Mark Cueto, Dean Schofield, Chris Jones, Andy Titterrell and Charlie Hodgson as well as taking on Jason Robinson when he converted codes after leaving Wigan Rugby League Club.

STOCKPORT, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 27:  Referee David Rose walks on the pitch after the abandonment of the Guinness Premiership match between Sale Sharks and London Wasps at Edgeley Park on November 27, 2009 in Stockport, England.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) Edgeley Park
Hardcastle Road
Capacity: 10,641
Tel: 0161 286 8888
Fax: 0161 286 8900
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Coach: Brendan Venter  Captain: Steve Borthwick
Mascot: Sarrie the Camel 
based in St. Albans – although they play their home games at Vicarage Road, in Watford. Saracens were founded in 1876 by the Old Boys of the Philological School in Marylebone, London (later to become St Marylebone Grammar School). Saracens amalgamated with neighbouring club Crusaders two years later. In 1892 Saracens moved from Crown Lane, Southgate, to Firs Farm, Winchmore Hill then played on nine different grounds before the move to Bramley Road for the 1939-40 season (although the war actually prevented them from playing there until 1945). They are currently members of the Guinness Premiership, the top level of domestic rugby union in England. Now incorporated as Saracens Ltd, the club was established in 1876 as the Saracens Football Club.

Vicarage Road
Vicarage Road
WD18 0EP
Capacity: 18,214

Fax: 01923 475275
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Worcester WarriorsWorcester Warriors
Coach: Mike Ruddock  Captain: Pat Sanderson
The Worcester Rugby Football Club are an English rugby union club and use the nickname Warriors. They also compete in the Anglo-Welsh EDF Energy Cup and the European Rugby Cup competitions, as well as this they participate in the Guinness A League. The club's kit is made by sports manufacturer Cotton Traders and they are sponsored by npower.
The club was founded in 1871 by the Reverend Francis John Ede, with the first known game played against the Artillery on November 8th 1871. The club began playing at Bevere in Worcester in 1954 and left Bevere for Sixways in 1975 when the clubhouse was opened. They play at Sixways Stadium, and the team colours are blue and gold. Their nearest rivals are Gloucester and Bristol rugby clubs.


Sixways Stadium
Warriors Way
Capacity: 12,024
Tel: 01905 454 183
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It's enough to make England's World Cup heroes Martin Johnson and Jonny Wilkinson blush! A group of Cheshire women are appearing in a nude calendar to raise money for a cancer charity and Congleton Rugby Club.  The calendar - Girls With Balls – was inspired by the recent British blockbuster movie Calendar Girls, and features the wives, mums and girlfriends of members of the Club wearing very little... but it's all in a good cause!  The twenty-four ladies of Congleton, who get their kit off in the dressing rooms, on the pitch and behind the bar, hope to raise at least £10,000 from the calendar. Dawn Gibbins, a participant and a member of the calendar organising committee, said: " The enthusiasm and courage that the women had was just roaring. We got them to fill in a questionnaire to say what parts they would be happy to expose and then had a couple of brainstorming meetings. The days when we were shooting were absolutely fantastic, so much fun! "

Raising cash for good causes
The women were keen to raise awareness of the rugby club and provide some much needed funds, especially to invest in their 100 “Minis” - the young players that turn up to enjoy rugby every Sunday. But the calendar will also raise cash for the charity Against Breast Cancer, chosen for its emphasis on prevention of the disease. Dawn added: “Quite a few of the ladies had got connections with those who had suffered”.
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Planet Rugby
An absolutely huge and extremely well designed site, the mainstay of which is a breaking news section that will keep you informed of all that's new in the world of Rugby Union. There's also the option to have the latest news emailed to your desktop once a day if you haven't always got time to get online. In addition, you'll find a plethora of opinions and predictions for forthcoming games, which are particularly handy if you're prone to the odd flutter. Also home to the latest international rankings.
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The 365 team have made an effort in recent months to bring this site up to the standard of its football cousin and the news section is certainly bang up to date.
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As the front page of this well-designed site explains, you won't find any tips on how to tackle or catch the ball here. What you will find are a host of resources aimed at rugby coaches around the world. From convincing your team of lager-soaked losers that they are the best team in the world, to making sure they're fit enough to last the full 80 minutes, it's a comprehensive guide.
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