Premiership Rugby set for August Restart

The resumption of the Gallagher Premiership Rugby season during August will mark a welcome return to the sport after a 159-day absence.

The resumption of the Gallagher Premiership Rugby season during August will mark a welcome return to the sport after a 159-day absence.

There are six games scheduled over the course of the first weekend ahead of what will be a busy period for rugby’s top stars.

All 12 teams have supported the plans to play the final nine rounds of the regular season, with the play-offs set to take place thereafter.

The Grand Final will be staged at Twickenham on October 24, with the 2020/21 season starting on November 21.

Read on as we take a look at some of the key talking points ahead of the first round of matches scheduled for the weekend of August 14-16.

Sharks fancied to continue good form
Sales Sharks were one of the form teams prior to the suspension of play, losing one of their last six games to move up to second in the table.

The Sharks recently strengthened their squad with the signing of England and British and Irish Lions centre Manu Tuilagi following his release by Leicester Tigers.

Tuilagi adds further depth to a squad that looks capable of mounting a title challenge and they will be the favourites in the Betway rugby betting to resume their campaign with a victory.

However, they would be well advised not to underestimate the home side having beaten them just once at the Twickenham Stoop in Premiership Rugby since 2008.

Team spirit the key for Exeter
Exeter Chiefs will head into the second part of the season holding a five-point lead over Sale at the top of the standings.

Betway gives good odds for them to go on and clinch the title this term and it would be a brave move to back against them achieving the feat.

The Chiefs have been handed a favourable return fixture at home to Leicester and should return to action with a comfortable win.

Their hopes have been boosted by the news that 30 of their players have signed new long-term deals at the club and that togetherness should stand them in good stead on the run-in.

Tough test in store for Bristol
Bristol Bears are just two points adrift of Sale with nine games to play and look a good bet at Betway to claim a top four place.

They have been handed a tough test in their opening match after the break, with reigning champions Saracens set to visit Ashton Gate.

Saracens ran out 47-13 winners when the teams met at Allianz Park earlier in the season and will be eager to repeat the trick in the reverse fixture.

However, Bristol have lost just once at home this season and can keep themselves in the title running with a narrow victory in this one.

Premiership Rugby Predictions: Sale, Exeter and Bristol all look good bets to kick-off the resumption of the season with victories, while the Sharks are fancied to win the title.