The Rugby Football Union (RFU) today announced the match dates for the upcoming 2021/22 season of the Allianz Premier 15s.

Gloucester-Hartpury Women will start their 18-round campaign against DMP Durham Sharks on the weekend of September 4th.

The season ends with play-offs (May 21, 2022) and a title final (June 4, 2022, location TBC).

Without promotion or relegation, there are no changes to the 10 teams in England’s top division of domestic women’s rugby, which operate in a league format with home and away games.

The new season will also see the launch of the Allianz Cup, which was created to give players with a broader squad the opportunity to compete in international windows.

Conor O’Shea, Director of Performance Rugby at RFU, said: “The Allianz Premier 15 standard is growing every year.

“Despite the challenges of Covid-19, all of our clubs on and off the pitch have done an incredible job to ensure we continue the momentum and have completed a very competitive campaign last season that culminated in a memorable final in Kingsholm – their hard work, effort, and dedication are appreciated.

“We’re really looking forward to the coming season.”

Read the full schedule here.