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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Guinness Premiership 2009 advert - The Race To Twickenham

The 2009 Guinness Premiership gets under way soon with the race to Twickenham having officially started at the launch earlier today. Reigning champions Leicester Tigers are the bookies favourites to retain the trophy, just ahead of beaten finalists London Irish.

Interestingly Bath winger Matt Banahan and Wasps' new recruit Tom Varndell are joint favourites to take the top try scorer title for the new season. Joe Maddock and Ugo Monye follow shortly behind them. The top points scorer favourite is Sale Sharks flyhalf Charlie Hodgson.

Most of the top clubs have experienced a fair amount of changes, with players leaving and new players being recruited in the off season. It should make for an interesting season.

For Bath, who lost a few to the infamous drugs scandal, they've picked up some interesting signings. Olly Barkley returns, with Fijian Nicky Little also joining. Julian Salvi from the Brumbies, and controversial Springbok Luke Watson, will also be playing for them this season.

Leeds Carnegie are up in the Premiership again after Bristol were relegated. They now have South African Marco Wentzel as their captain, and former England scrumhalf Andy Gomarsall over from Harlequins.

London Wasps have two flyers joining their ranks on the wings in Tom Varndell from Leicester, and David Lemi from Bristol. They'll be hoping to have a better season this time around.

Newcastle have had major changes taking place, with the loss of Jonny Wilkinson and Tom May, they've brought in Kiwi Jimmy Gopperth from Auckland, as well as former Bok Gcobani Bobo from the Stormers.

Sale have got former England star Ben Cohen back over from his stint with Brive in France, while Saracens have a whole host of South African's having joined them under their new coach Brendan Venter. Hooker Schalk Brits from the Stormers has joined, as well as Derick Hougaard from the Leicester Tigers.

This advert, that features a whole host of the stars that will be in action, will be aired on tv soon. It's similar to a concept from years ago, but is well executed and fun to watch, so we figured it was worth sharing. The race to Twickenham has begun.

Time: 01:01



  • shit i haven't got anything to say but i have to leave a comment. Go Leeds!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 27, 2009 9:41 pm  

  • Can anyone say, "Nike - Keep the Ball Alive?" Pretty much the same thing, although it doesn't mean it's not fun to watch, just that it's not terribly original, is it? I'm sure the KTBA commercial was taken from something, too....

    By Anonymous realrugby, at August 27, 2009 10:16 pm  

  • aha! It seemed so familiar but I couldnt pinpoint the name of the other ad.

    By Anonymous Greiffel, at August 27, 2009 10:28 pm  

  • Nike's original has a much better feel i think

    By Blogger Mike, at August 27, 2009 10:29 pm  

  • was that tom rees in the cab with Dewi morris?? and whats the name of the song and artist? anyone know??

    overall everyone know's the advert is ripped off the nike ad.. but look how much fun it is... looking at it makes me want to smash a traffic warden!!


    By Anonymous Abs7, at August 27, 2009 10:44 pm  

  • Got it =

    By Anonymous Abs7, at August 27, 2009 10:47 pm  

  • Ugo Monye knocking on...where have I seen that before?

    By Anonymous Kearney for tests, at August 27, 2009 10:56 pm  

  • lol he didn't have to break a door to score a try against the Sprinboks, diving was enough

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 28, 2009 12:08 am  

  • lmao at ugo monye dropping the ball

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 28, 2009 1:26 am  

  • Borthwick = joke

    By Anonymous Dozman, at August 28, 2009 4:06 am  

  • Nice advert...might not be original, but it did the job. I want to see some Guinness Premiership matches now, that's for sure.

    By Anonymous Big Badaboom, at August 28, 2009 4:20 am  

  • Guinness premiership need to give a good image of english rugby after "bloodgate" and "cocaine bath party"

    leicester and bath are my favorites

    By Blogger Flooz, at August 28, 2009 10:50 am  

  • David Lemi from Bristol, it pains me to say...

    By Blogger lee, at August 28, 2009 10:51 am  

  • why isnt Tom Williams in the ad....oh yeah he is injured lol (and banned)

    By Blogger Kenny, at August 28, 2009 11:31 am  

  • isnt this a copy of the Nike's advert that was shot like 2,3 years ago?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 28, 2009 1:22 pm  

  • Anybody notice Will Greenwood? Watch Closely

    .....he's the police officer

    By Anonymous Fridge, at August 28, 2009 4:08 pm  

  • There are no interesting players in this ad. Borthwick as the star? Are you kidding. The premiership sucks. Super 14, French League and Magners League are way better. This will be proved, yet again, in the Heineken Cup this season.

    By Anonymous Rob, at August 28, 2009 4:46 pm  

  • good video, but it would be more appropriate if it cut to a shot in the train staion toilets, and show a bath player snorting!
    And then maybe show a quins player bursting with blood :P

    By Anonymous hmmm, at August 28, 2009 10:52 pm  

  • not wanting to be pedantic but did lemi not move to wasps from bristol and not bath?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 29, 2009 1:00 am  

  • im thinking leeds are goin win it this year!come on you yorkshire lads!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 29, 2009 8:56 pm  

  • Ah, its nice to see sky keeps it with the RFU nepotism of clubs, lots of Bath and Quins, just don't mention the other clubs to much, did Glos, Worcs, Newcastle, Leeds or Leicester even really appear?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 30, 2009 11:33 pm  

  • David Lemi used to play for Bristol, not B**h. There is a very, very big difference.

    By Anonymous Gamlin, at September 01, 2009 11:47 am  

  • Nice ad,

    but what's with a soul brother being chased by a bunch of white dudes in a train station?

    By Anonymous cheyanqui, at September 28, 2009 7:13 pm  

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