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Allied Dunbar Premiership
Division 2
Jewson National League 1
Jewson National League 2
Regional Division 1

Allied Dunbar Premiership 1997/98

Overview
The best team in the table, Newcastle Falcons, was proclamed national champion. The 2 worst teams (London Irish and Bristol Rugby) had to play a home and away playoff against the 3rd (London Scottish) and the 4th (Rotherham Titans) of Premiership 2 to preserve their place in Premiership.
English teams did not compete in next season european club cups for disagreements between ERC and RFU.
Points were awarded as follows: 2 points for a win and 1 point for a draw.

The league was sponsored by insurance company Allied Dunbar.

Teams variations
Relegated to Allied Dunbar Premiership - Division 2 1997/98:Orrell - West Hartlepool
Promoted from Courage League - Division 2 1996/97:Newcastle Falcons - Richmond

Regular season
Pos.TeamPtsPldWDLFADiffTFTA
1Newcastle Falcons382219036453872588531Winner
2Saracens372218135843961885936
3Bath262213095754551206649
4Leicester Tigers262212285694491206445
5Richmond2422120106074991088150
6Sale Sharks222210210605558477160
7Gloucester212211110512528-165265
8Northampton Saints19229112493472214653
9Wasps17228113490609-1194768
10Harlequins16228014516645-1295873
11London Irish12226016457673-2164582Qualified for playout
12Bristol Rugby4222020351733-3823698

BathBristol
Rugby
GloucesterHarlequinsLeicester
Tigers
London
Irish
Newcastle
Falcons
Northampton
Saints
RichmondSale
Sharks
SaracensWasps
Bath-44-1547-339-1316-520-313-2026-347-3119-2913-2943-27
Bristol
Rugby
16-22-13-1419-2624-275-178-5022-1512-1315-2520-3721-38
Gloucester27-1735-13-16-1732-2529-727-2920-1526-2031-1938-1522-15
Harlequins20-2738-4036-16-14-2326-2420-445-3041-1252-4126-2853-17
Leicester
Tigers
33-2234-2533-1627-3-34-1919-2515-1542-1955-1510-1045-21
London
Irish
35-4938-2323-1962-1416-55-19-3510-5114-4520-2610-2522-17
Newcastle
Falcons
20-1543-1837-2743-1527-1046-13-37-1218-1223-1830-2520-13
Northampton
Saints
16-1535-1222-2423-2625-633-1817-21-39-4733-1413-1918-10
Richmond32-1443-333-2237-1632-1532-1230-1721-24-20-2810-1551-29
Sale
Sharks
11-1376-024-2423-1335-2141-1626-3330-1928-40-10-1928-28
Saracens50-2331-942-2425-1621-2229-2112-1043-2015-942-20-33-27
Wasps17-3132-1826-2029-2617-1319-3818-1731-1522-1822-3815-19-

Playout
Playout
London Scottish
5/17/1998 - 29-25
5/24/1998 - 17-15
London Scottish
Bristol Rugby
Rotherham Titans
5/17/1998 - 13-16
5/24/1998 - 14-26
London Irish
London Irish

Matches schedule
24/05/1998 - Playout
Bristol Rugby - London Scottish15-17
London Irish - Rotherham Titans26-14
17/05/1998 - Regular season
Harlequins - Newcastle Falcons20-44
London Irish - Leicester Tigers16-55
Northampton Saints - Gloucester22-24
Sale Sharks - Richmond28-40
Wasps - Bath17-31
17/05/1998 - Playout
London Scottish - Bristol Rugby29-25
Rotherham Titans - London Irish13-16
14/05/1998 - Regular season
Saracens - Northampton Saints43-20
11/05/1998 - Regular season
Newcastle Falcons - Bath20-15
10/05/1998 - Regular season
Leicester Tigers - Bristol Rugby34-25
Sale Sharks - Northampton Saints30-19
04/05/1998 - Regular season
Newcastle Falcons - Leicester Tigers27-10
03/05/1998 - Regular season
Bristol Rugby - Harlequins19-26
Saracens - London Irish29-21
02/05/1998 - Regular season
Gloucester - Sale Sharks31-19
Northampton Saints - Bath16-15
Richmond - Wasps51-29
29/04/1998 - Regular season
Harlequins - Saracens26-28
Wasps - Leicester Tigers17-13
28/04/1998 - Regular season
Bath - London Irish20-3
26/04/1998 - Regular season
Newcastle Falcons - Bristol Rugby43-18
Wasps - Northampton Saints31-15
25/04/1998 - Regular season
Bath - Sale Sharks19-29
Leicester Tigers - Saracens10-10
London Irish - Harlequins62-14
Richmond - Gloucester33-22
22/04/1998 - Regular season
Northampton Saints - London Irish33-18
Wasps - Newcastle Falcons18-17
19/04/1998 - Regular season
Bristol Rugby - London Irish5-17
Saracens - Newcastle Falcons12-10
18/04/1998 - Regular season
Gloucester - Bath27-17
Harlequins - Leicester Tigers14-23
Northampton Saints - Richmond39-47
Sale Sharks - Wasps28-28
15/04/1998 - Regular season
Bristol Rugby - Sale Sharks15-25
13/04/1998 - Regular season
Richmond - Bath32-14
12/04/1998 - Regular season
Wasps - Harlequins29-26
11/04/1998 - Regular season
Gloucester - Newcastle Falcons27-29
Sale Sharks - Leicester Tigers35-21
10/04/1998 - Regular season
Bath - Saracens13-29
Richmond - Bristol Rugby43-3
07/04/1998 - Regular season
Newcastle Falcons - Wasps20-13
29/03/1998 - Regular season
Harlequins - Gloucester36-16
28/03/1998 - Regular season
Leicester Tigers - Richmond42-19
London Irish - Bath35-49
25/03/1998 - Regular season
Newcastle Falcons - Saracens30-25
24/03/1998 - Regular season
London Irish - Gloucester23-19
15/03/1998 - Regular season
Gloucester - Saracens38-15
Wasps - London Irish19-38
14/03/1998 - Regular season
Bath - Leicester Tigers16-5
Northampton Saints - Bristol Rugby35-12
Richmond - Newcastle Falcons30-17
Sale Sharks - Harlequins23-13
11/03/1998 - Regular season
Gloucester - Wasps22-15
10/03/1998 - Regular season
Newcastle Falcons - Sale Sharks23-18
08/03/1998 - Regular season
Bristol Rugby - Bath16-22
Saracens - Wasps33-27
07/03/1998 - Regular season
Harlequins - Richmond41-12
Leicester Tigers - Northampton Saints15-15
28/02/1998 - Regular season
Bath - Harlequins39-13
Bristol Rugby - Leicester Tigers24-27
24/02/1998 - Regular season
Saracens - Sale Sharks42-20
20/02/1998 - Regular season
London Irish - Bristol Rugby38-23
15/02/1998 - Regular season
Newcastle Falcons - Harlequins43-15
Richmond - Sale Sharks20-28
14/02/1998 - Regular season
Bath - Wasps43-27
Bristol Rugby - Saracens20-37
Gloucester - Northampton Saints20-15
Leicester Tigers - London Irish34-19
11/02/1998 - Regular season
Bath - Gloucester47-3
01/02/1998 - Regular season
Gloucester - Leicester Tigers32-25
Sale Sharks - London Irish41-16
Wasps - Bristol Rugby32-18
31/01/1998 - Regular season
Northampton Saints - Newcastle Falcons17-21
Richmond - Saracens10-15
18/01/1998 - Regular season
Bristol Rugby - Gloucester13-14
Harlequins - Northampton Saints5-30
17/01/1998 - Regular season
Leicester Tigers - Wasps45-21
London Irish - Richmond14-45
11/01/1998 - Regular season
Newcastle Falcons - London Irish46-13
Saracens - Harlequins25-16
Wasps - Gloucester26-20
10/01/1998 - Regular season
Northampton Saints - Sale Sharks33-14
31/12/1997 - Regular season
Harlequins - Bristol Rugby38-40
30/12/1997 - Regular season
Bath - Northampton Saints26-3
Leicester Tigers - Newcastle Falcons19-25
London Irish - Saracens10-25
Sale Sharks - Gloucester24-24
Wasps - Richmond22-18
27/12/1997 - Regular season
Bristol Rugby - Newcastle Falcons8-50
Gloucester - Richmond26-20
Harlequins - London Irish26-24
Northampton Saints - Wasps18-10
Sale Sharks - Bath11-13
26/12/1997 - Regular season
Saracens - Leicester Tigers21-22
21/12/1997 - Regular season
Richmond - Northampton Saints21-24
20/12/1997 - Regular season
Leicester Tigers - Harlequins27-3
16/12/1997 - Regular season
Richmond - Leicester Tigers32-15
14/12/1997 - Regular season
Newcastle Falcons - Gloucester37-27
Saracens - Bath50-23
13/12/1997 - Regular season
Bristol Rugby - Richmond12-13
Harlequins - Wasps53-17
Leicester Tigers - Sale Sharks55-15
London Irish - Northampton Saints10-51
09/11/1997 - Regular season
Sale Sharks - Bristol Rugby76-0
08/11/1997 - Regular season
Northampton Saints - Saracens13-19
02/11/1997 - Regular season
Gloucester - Harlequins16-17
Saracens - Bristol Rugby31-9
Wasps - Sale Sharks22-38
01/11/1997 - Regular season
Bath - Richmond47-31
London Irish - Newcastle Falcons19-35
26/10/1997 - Regular season
Bristol Rugby - Northampton Saints22-15
London Irish - Wasps22-17
Newcastle Falcons - Richmond18-12
Saracens - Gloucester42-24
25/10/1997 - Regular season
Harlequins - Sale Sharks52-41
Leicester Tigers - Bath33-22
19/10/1997 - Regular season
Gloucester - London Irish29-7
Wasps - Saracens15-19
18/10/1997 - Regular season
Bath - Bristol Rugby44-15
Northampton Saints - Leicester Tigers25-6
Richmond - Harlequins37-16
Sale Sharks - Newcastle Falcons26-33
08/10/1997 - Regular season
Newcastle Falcons - Northampton Saints37-12
Saracens - Richmond15-9
30/08/1997 - Regular season
Bristol Rugby - Wasps21-38
Harlequins - Bath20-27
Leicester Tigers - Gloucester33-16
London Irish - Sale Sharks20-26
24/08/1997 - Regular season
Sale Sharks - Saracens10-19
23/08/1997 - Regular season
Bath - Newcastle Falcons13-20
Gloucester - Bristol Rugby35-13
Northampton Saints - Harlequins23-26
Richmond - London Irish32-12