The 2016/17 AASE League will have an extra team, with Bishop Burton College joining the roster.
That makes fifteen teams in total, and with Bishop Burton affiliated to Yorkshire Carnegie, it means that all fourteen Premiership Academy sides (the twelve Aviva Premiership sides plus London Irish and Yorkshire Carnegie), bar Harlequins, have an AASE side. Exeter Chiefs have three, Ivybridge Community College, Truro College, and Bicton College.
Once again the league will be split North and South, there will be seven sides in the North and eight in the South, with Hartpury College, winners of every AASE title since its inception, moving fro the Northern Conference to the Southern Conference.
Side will play each team in the conference once before each conference split in two for the second phase of the season. The top four will play each other once again with the bottom three/four playing each other too, all still in their respective conferences.
Following that second section, finals day will take place, which will again see top in the north play top in the south, second play second, and so on. The bottom side in the south will not take place in finals day though as they will have finished in 15th place.
Finals day will take place on Wednesday 30th November, most likely at Saracens’ Allianz Park once again.
Bishop Burton College
Worcester 6th form College
Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth I College
Ivybridge Community College
St Paul’s Catholic College