Gallagher Premiership: Team-by-team guide ahead of new season

Can any side challenge Saracens?
Can any side challenge Saracens?

PA Sport provides a team-by-team guide, including details of all transfers, ahead of the new Gallagher Premiership season.

Bath

Ground: Recreation Ground.

Director of rugby: Stuart Hooper.

Last season: Sixth.

Players in: Lewis Boyce (Harlequins), Christian Judge (Cornish Pirates), Will Stuart (Wasps), Mark Williams (Leicester), Josh McNally (London Irish), Ollie Fox (Yorkshire Carnegie).

Players out: Dave Attwood, Max Lahiff (both Bristol), Paul Grant (Ealing), James Wilson (Mitsubishi DynaBoars, Japan), Jacques Van Rooyen (NTT DoCOMO Red Hurricanes, Japan), Victor Delmas (Biarritz), Kahn Fotuali'i (Montpellier), Jack Wilson (Hong Kong FC), Cooper Vuna (Newcastle), Anthony Perenise (Rouen), Michael Van Vuuren (Northampton), Luke Charteris (retired).

Bristol

Ground: Ashton Gate.

Director of rugby: Pat Lam.

Last season: Ninth.

Players in: Nathan Hughes (Wasps), Dave Attwood, Max Lahiff (both Bath), Toby Fricker (Ebbw Vale), Jordan Lay (Ospreys), Nicky Thomas (Scarlets), Tyrese Johnson-Fisher (Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, USA).

Players out: Nick Haining (Edinburgh), Jack Tovey (Ealing), Reiss Cullen (Doncaster), Sione Faletau (Yorkshire Carnegie), Ehize Ehizode (Chinnor), Joe Latta (Suntory Sungoliath, Japan), Tusi Pisi (Toyota Industries, Shuttles, Japan), , George Smith, Nick Fenton-Wells (both retired), Jack Lam (released).

Exeter

Ground: Sandy Park.

Director of rugby: Rob Baxter.

Last season: First.

Players in: Stuart Hogg (Glasgow), Will Witty (Newcastle), Tom Price (Scarlets), Stan South (Harlequins), Jordon Poole (Darlington), Jannes Kirsten (Bulls, South Africa), Jacques Vermeulen (Sharks, South Africa).

Players out: Santiago Cordero (Bordeaux), Jack Owlett (Wasps), Tom Lawday (Harlequins), Paul Davis (Ealing), Harry Strong (Nottingham), Toby Salmon (Newcastle), James Freeman (Rosslyn Park), Ollie Atkins (Rouen), Mitch Lees (Brive), Wilhelm Van Der Sluys (Lions, South Africa), Moray Low (retired).

Gloucester

Ground: Kingsholm.

Director of rugby: David Humphreys.

Last season: Third.

Players in: Joe Simpson (Wasps), Jamal Ford-Robinson (Northampton), Simon Linsell (Hartpury College), Chris Harris (Newcastle), Corne Fourie (Stormers, South Africa).

Players out: Paddy McAllister (Connacht), Ben Vellacott (Wasps), Gareth Denman, Henry Purdy (both Coventry), Gareth Evans (Ospreys), Ewan Fenley, Cameron Terry (both Ealing), Joe Mullis (Cinderford), Kyle Traynor (Rosslyn Park), Callum Allen (Nottingham), Tom Savage (Suntory Sungoliath, Japan).

Harlequins

Ground: The Stoop.

Head of rugby: Paul Gustard.

Last season: Fifth.

Players in: Vereniki Goneva, Tevita Cavubat, Glen Youngs (all Newcastle), Michele Campagnaro (Wasps), Will Evans (Leicester), Simon Kerrod (Worcester), Tom Lawday (Exeter), Toby Freeman (Cornish Pirates), Brett Herron (Jersey), Scott Baldwin (Ospreys), Luke Northmore (Cardiff Met), Travis Ismaiel (Bulls, South Africa), Stephan Lewies (Lions, South Africa), Santiago Garcia Botta, Martin Landajo (both Jaguares, Argentina).

Players out: Alofa Alofa, Mat Luamanu (both Bayonne), George Merrick (Clermont), Lewis Boyce (Bath), Josh Ibuanokpe (Saracens), Charlie Walker (Zebre), Stan South (Exeter), Luke Wallace (Coventry), Dave Ward (Ampthill), Josh McNulty (Chinnor), Henry Cheeseman, Dave Lewis (both Rosslyn Park), Calum Waters (England Sevens), Ben Glynn (Ospreys), Demetri Catrakilis (Southern Kings, South Africa), James Horwill, Tim Visser (both retired).

Leicester

Ground: Welford Road.

Head coach: Geordan Murphy.

Last season: 11th.

Players in: Jordan Taufua (Crusaders, New Zealand), Noel Reid (Leinster), Johnny McPhillips (Ulster), Calum Green (Newcastle), Jaco Taute (Munster), Tomas Lavanini (Jaguares, Argentina), Nephi Leatigaga (Biarritz), Charlie Clare (Bedford), Jordan Coghlan (Nottingham), Joe Thomas (Otorohanga, New Zealand), EW Viljoen (Stormers, South Africa), Hanro Liebenberg (Stormers, South Africa), Hanro Liebenberg (Bulls, South Africa), Andy Forsyth (Coventry, loan), Ifereimi Boladau (Nottingham, loan).

Players out: Matt Toomua (Melbourne Rebels), Mike Williams (Bath), Graham Kitchener (Worcester), Will Evans (Harlequins), James Voss (Coventry), Gareth Owen (Newcastle), Joe Ford (Yorkshire Carnegie), Harry Mahoney (Birmingham Moseley), Ross McMillan (London Irish), Tom Varndell (South China Tigers), Clayton Blommetjies (Scarlets), Valentino Mapapalangi (Rouen), Leonardo Sarto (Benetton), Fred Tuilagi (Colorno), David Feao (Brisbane City), Brendon O'Connor (Hawke's Bay), Michael Fitzgerald (Kamaishi Seawaves, Japan). Matt Smith, Matthew Tait, Dave Denton (all retired), Campese Ma'afu, Charlie Thacker (both released).

London Irish

Ground: Madejski Stadium.

Director of rugby: Declan Kidney.

Last season: n/a (promoted).

Players in: Paddy Jackson (Perpignan), Nick Phipps, Curtis Rona, Sekope Kepu (all NSW Waratahs), Allan Dell (Edinburgh) Sean O'Brien (Leinster), George Nott (Sale Sharks), Ross McMillan (Leicester), Will Goodrick-Clarke, Adam Coleman (Melbourne Rebels), Waisake Naholo (Highlanders, New Zealand), Ruan Botha (Sharks, South Africa), Steve Mafi (Castres).

Players out: Josh McNally (Bath), Tommy Bell (Ealing), Sebastian De Chaves (Newcastle), Ian Keatley (Benetton), Fergus Mulchrone (Sale FC), Sam Twomey (Rosslyn Park), Ofisa Treviranus (Chinnor), Napolioni Nalaga (Lokomotiv Penza, Russia), Ciaran Hearn (Newfoundland Rock, Canada), Brendan McKibbin, Mike Coman, Topso Ojo, Luke McLean, Greig Tonks (all retired), Filo Paulo, Manasa Saulo, Jake Schatz (all released).

Northampton

Ground: Franklin's Gardens.

Director of rugby: Chris Boyd.

Last season: Fourth.

Players in: Matt Proctor (Hurricanes, New Zealand), Owen Franks (Crusaders, New Zealand) Reuban Bird-Tulloch, Henry Taylor (both Saracens), Michael Van Vuuren (Bath), Lewis Bean (Birmingham Moseley), Ryan Olowofela (England Sevens), Karl Garside (Ampthill), James Mitchell (Connacht).

Players out: Luther Burrell (Warrington Wolves), Jamal Ford-Robinson (Gloucester), Matt Worley (Bedford), Tom Emery (Henley), Andrew Kellaway (Counties Manukau, New Zealand). James Craig, James Haskell, Charlie Davies (all retired), Dominic Barrow, Nafi Tuitavake, Ken Pisi (all released).

Sale

Ground: AJ Bell Stadium.

Director of rugby: Steve Diamond.

Last season: Seventh.

Players in: Jake Cooper-Wooley (Wasps), Simon Hammersley, Mark Wilson (both Newcastle), Robert Du Preez, Arker Van Der Merwe, Coenie Oosthuizen, Dan Du Preez, Jean-Luc Du Preez (all Sharks, South Africa), Lood De Jager, Embrose Papier (both Bulls, South Africa).

Players out: James O'Connor (Queensland Reds), Andrei Ostrikov (Grenoble), Alexandru Tarus (Zebre), Paolo Odogwu (Wasps), James Flynn (Yorkshire Carnegie), George Nott (London Irish), Johnny Leota (Sale FC), Josh Strauss (Bulls, South Africa), Ewan Ashman (Edinburgh, loan), Mark Jennings (sabbatical), Tom Bristow (released).

Saracens

Ground: Allianz Park.

Director of rugby: Mark McCall.

Last season: Second.

Players in: Elliot Daly (Wasps), Rhys Carre (Cardiff Blues), Jack Singleton (Worcester), Alex Day (Cornish Pirates), Josh Ibuanokpe (Harlequins), Sam Wainwright (RGC), Damian Willemse (Stormers, South Africa, loan).

Players out: Christopher Tolofua (Toulon), Sione Vailanu (Wasps), Reuban Bird-Tulloch, Henry Taylor (Northampton), Hayden Thompson-Stringer (Brive), Billy Walker (Nottingham), Oli Morris (Worcester), Tom Griffiths (Dragons), Alfie Scopes (Loughborough Students), Alex Gliksten (Bedford), Macelo Bosch (Burton), Dominic Day (San Diego Legion, USA), David Strettle (retired), Schalk Burger, Tadgh McElroy (both released).

Wasps

Ground: Ricoh Arena.

Director of rugby: Dai Young.

Last season: Eighth.

Players in: Malakai Fekitoa (Toulon), Jeffery Toomaga-Allen (Hurricanes, New Zealand), Jack Owlett (Exeter), Ben Vellacott (Gloucester), Matteo Minozzi (Zebre), Sione Vailanu (Saracens), Biyi Alo (Coventry), Theo Vukasinovic (London Scottish), Paolo Odogwu (Sale Sharks), Zach Kibirige (Newcastle), Sam Wolstenholme (Yorkshire Carnegie).

Players out: Elliot Daly (Saracens), Nathan Hughes (Bristol, Joe Simpson (Gloucester), Jake Cooper-Woolley (Sale Sharks), Willie Le Roux (Toyota Verblitz, Japan), Ambrose Curtis (Vannes), Michele Campagnaro (Harlequins), Joe Atkinson (Bedford), Antonio Harris (Jersey), George Thornton (Glasgow), Craig Hampson (Ealing), Kearnan Myall (Oxford University), David Langley (Coventry), Gabiriele Lovobalavu (Oyonnax), Matt Mullan (released).

Worcester

Ground: Sixways.

Director of rugby: Alan Solomons.

Last season: 10th.

Players in: Graham Kitchener (Leicester), Oli Morris (Saracens), Conor Carey (Connacht), Ed Fidow (Provence), Caleb Montgomery (Ulster), Richard Palframan (London Scottish), Jono Kitto (Northland, New Zealand), Melani Nanai, Matt Moulds (both Blues, New Zealand).

Players out: Bryce Heem, Ben Te'o (both Toulon), Josh Adams (Cardiff Blues), Pierce Phillips (Agen), Gareth Milasinovich (Ulster), Simon Kerrod (Harlequins), Darren Barry (Newcastle), Jack Singleton (Saracens), Jonny Arr, Mason Tonks, Zac Xiourouppa (all Birmingham Moseley), Carl Kirwan (Chinnor), Luke Baldwin (loan), Jack Cosgrove (both Dragons), Nick Rigby (Birmingham & Solihull), Wynand Olivier, Dewald Potgieter (both retired), Alafoti Fa'osiliva (released).

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