The Aviva Premiership Rugby final is less than three weeks away, and with the semi-finalists confirmed there is no better time to book your tickets…
Saracens will play Leicester Tigers while Exeter Chiefs welcome Wasps on 21 May for place in the world’s biggest club rugby final, at the home of the game – Twickenham.
But the showpiece event is for fans of all ages and regions – regardless of who you support – and with the feast of rugby on offer it is an event not to be missed.
‘It’s about more than just rugby,’ said Dominic Hayes, the Commercial Director at Premiership Rugby. ‘There’s an incredible atmosphere in and around Twickenham on the day – there is a real family feel with rugby fans from across the country come together in a celebration of the club game. There’s a party atmosphere in the Aviva Fan Village at the stadium. It provides a fantastic pre-match destination with the BT Sport Stage as it’s a centrepiece hosted by various famous faces.
‘It’s just electric when the players walk out through the flames into one of sport’s great arenas and over the years we’ve had some incredible matches; two years ago the trophy was won with a try in the final seconds of extra time creating some real sporting drama.
‘It’s a fitting end to a successful year for English Rugby, following the first Six Nations Grand Slam for 13 years.’
1 World Rugby’s finest: Regardless of which two teams eventually make the Aviva Premiership Rugby final, it’s guaranteed to be packed full of world-class players. Last year England international No.10’s Owen Farrell and George Ford locked horns at Twickenham ahead of the Rugby World Cup, as well as the likes of Jonathan Joseph, Anthony Watson, Alex Goode, Maro Itoje, George Kruis and both Billy and Mako Vunipola. It is not just England’s star players that are involved, with Ireland’s Peter Stringer, Jacques Burger of Namibia and South African Francois Louw all running out a year ago. And other international legends of the game such as George North, current England captain Dylan Hartley, Manu Tuilagi and Steve Borthwick have all graced Twickenham’s turf over recent seasons.
2 A family day out: With a host of international stars battling out for the season’s main prize, the Aviva Premiership Rugby final is the closest club rugby gets to Test match level. Top-class tries and high drama on the pitch means the Aviva Premiership Rugby final is the perfect showcase for youngsters developing an interest in the game, for seasoned fans who have followed their club for decades, and everyone in between.
3 The best atmosphere in the game: There is nothing quite like the atmosphere at a rugby match, and the Aviva Premiership Rugby final tops the lot in terms of the pre-game excitement and roar of the crowd. Fans from all 12 of the league’s clubs come together to support the players on the pitch and good rugby, not just the team on their shirt. With the 80,000 voices coming together as one, the atmosphere at Rugby HQ is something that should not be missed. The Aviva Premiership Final has become the biggest club rugby final in the world over the past few years, and the atmosphere in the stadium is a major factor behind this.
4 It’s about more than just the rugby: There’s plenty to keep the children (and adults) occupied in the lead-up to kick-off at the Aviva Premiership Rugby fan village at Twickenham Stadium’s West Car Park. Members of the BT Sport Rugby team will be on the BT Sport stage, the Aviva inflatables are set to return, and there’s the opportunity for fans to have their photo taken with the Aviva Premiership Rugby trophy. A green screen will also give fans the opportunity to have their picture taken on the famous Twickenham turf, as well as plenty of options for food and drink to keep you fuelled throughout the day.
5 Great value: Tickets for Aviva Premiership Final start at just £30 for adults and just £15 for juniors leaves the final an affordable option for the entire family. Great value tickets are one of many reasons the Aviva Premiership Final regularly sells out.