Gallagher Premiership team of the week: Round 1 - Ruck

Gallagher Premiership team of the week: Round 1

Harlequins began their Gallagher Premiership title defence with a 26-20 bonus-point win against Newcastle Falcons at Kingston Park.

Quins local rivals Saracens began life back in the top flight with a 26-9 win against Bristol Bears on Friday night while Leicester beat Exeter Chiefs 34-19 and Sale Sharks edged past Bath 20-19 at the AJ Bell Stadium

A new-look Worcester Warriors started the new season with a 36-24 win against London Irish at Sixways.

Finally, Northampton Saints started their season in style at Franklin’s Gardens with a 34-20 win against Gloucester.

Check out our team of the week below.


  • 15. Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers)
  • 14. Adam Radwan (Newcastle Falcons)
  • 11. Louis Lynagh (Harlequins)

Leicester Mercury on Steward: The talented full-back picked up where he left off last season with a superb opening-day display. He started with an assured highball then went on to be the focal point of everything Tigers did well on an opening day to remember.


  • 13. Sam Hutchinson (Northampton Saints)
  • 12. Manu Tuilagi (Sale Sharks)