Premiership Immortals - The Debate ShowAug 29
A blockbuster derby headlines an unmissable weekend of Gallagher Premiership action as the quest to be crowned kings of English rugby continues with Round 5.
Following Gloucester's impressive 21-17 win at Bath on Saturday, Wasps play host to Northampton on Sunday.
Elsewhere, the RFU on Thursday confirmed financially stricken Worcester Warriors have been suspended and relegated to the Championship after entering administration.
An RFU statement read: “Following a meeting of the RFU’s Club Financial Viability Group today, the RFU can confirm the suspension of Worcester Warriors from the Gallagher Premiership and Premiership Rugby Cup for the remainder of the 2022-23 season.”
With another weekend of domestic drama guaranteed, read on for previews of every Round 5 game including team news and live-stream information for our televised matches.
Sunday 9 October
The Premiership weekend comes to a close in Coventry where Wasps take on Northampton - live on BT Sport.
With just one win apiece from the first four rounds, both sides will be desperate to get another win on the board to put them back in the play-off hunt.
Off the pitch, Wasps' future remains unclear. While Worcester's situation looks increasingly bleak, financially stricken Wasps have bought more time in their bid to lift themselves away from peril by filing a second notice of intention to appoint administrators.
This week the club revealed that talks are at “a relatively advanced stage” with possible investors in the face of a winding-up order from HM Revenue and Customs for £2m in unpaid tax.
Warriors face the prospect of impending liquidation because of action brought by HMRC, and Wasps are desperate to escape the same fate.
Meanwhile Sunday's visitors will be hoping they can take advantage of the off-the-field distractions that continue to plague Wasps' season.
Saints have won one and lost three since Phil Dowson replaced Chris Boyd as director of rugby at the start of the season, but those defeats came against title hopefuls Leicester, Sale and Quins.
With bottom-half sides Wasps, Bath and Newcastle to come over the next three rounds, this weekend could mark the start of a turnaround in Northampton's season.