By Steve Cotton

THE new Premiership Rugby season – the first with Gallagher as title sponsor – gets underway next month when Bristol Bears welcome old rivals Bath Rugby to Ashton Gate Stadium.

At JMP UK, we will be stepping up our rugby coverage in 2018-19, after adding a third Premiership club to the roster of clubs for whom we operate as official club photographer.

We have worked with Bristol as their official club photographer since the 2015-16 season, and started working with Worcester Warriors in a similar capacity the following season.

And for 2018-19, we are proud to become the official club photographer for Exeter Chiefs: last season’s Premiership runners-up and the champions in 2016-17.

JMP UK founder and managing director Joe Meredith said: “We’ve had great success working with Bristol and Worcester over the last two or three years, and I think that’s something other clubs became aware of. 

“Exeter Chiefs approached us in the summer and we’re really excited to be working with such a fantastic club over the coming season. We hope we can establish the same relationship with Chiefs as we have with Bristol and Worcester.

“And where rugby in general is concerned, we’re looking forward to continuing to build our library and to providing our best ever level of coverage in 2018-19.

“In addition to covering Bristol, Exeter and Worcester as club photographers, we work really closely with Patrick Khachfe, of Onside Images, who is going into his eighth season as the club photographer at Bath. He is an important member of the extended JMP family and we occasionally work with him on campaigns for Bath that require a bigger team.”

As well as providing a top-notch level of coverage for our core clubs, JMP photographers will also be covering additional Premiership and European games, as well as international matches and Guinness Pro14 games, during the 2018-19 season.