Premiership Rugby plans midweek fixture shift in effort to bring back fans

  • PRL looks to move 14-16 May games to middle of the next week
  • English teams’ European exits make move possible

Premiership Rugby is lining up midweek fixtures next month in an effort to welcome more crowds back into stadiums before the end of the season.

The round 19 fixtures are slated for 14-16 May but, with the European finals taking place the weekend after and only Bath and Leicester still in with a chance of being involved, PRL is looking to delay some of those matches until the middle of the week beginning Monday 17 May, when crowds of up to 25% of stadium capacity would be allowed according the government’s road map.

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Bristol snatch thrilling win from Harlequins with late Kyle Sinckler try

  • Bristol 35-33 Harlequins
  • Callum Sheedy conversion seals win

As Bristol celebrated Kyle Sinckler’s last-gasp try against his former club in the final move of the match, Danny Care remonstrated in vain with the referee Hamish Smales who had awarded the score after a review. Defeat was hard on the scrum-half, who had run the game tactically, and also on his transformed team, but it was the fifth time this season the Bears had turned defeat to victory at the death – a result confirmed by Callum Sheedy’s excellent conversion with the last kick of the game.

Related: Stuart Hooper denies Bath have signed maverick fly-half in Danny Cipriani

Two tries from Ben Loader helped London Irish to a pulsating 36-33 win over Bath, who finished the contest with 13 men.

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Stuart Hooper denies Bath have signed maverick fly-half in Danny Cipriani

  • Bath confirm extended one-year deal for Cipriani
  • Hooper: ‘Danny’s an incredibly structured player’

The Bath director of rugby, Stuart Hooper has dismissed suggestions he has signed a maverick in Danny Cipriani, backing the former England fly-half to spearhead the club’s pursuit of silverware.

Bath confirmed Cipriani’s signing on Thursday on a one-year contract after he left Gloucester in December, citing the need to take an extended break from rugby. He is due to arrive at Bath in May and will be slowly integrated into the squad with a view to hitting the ground running next season.

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