Xmas & New Year Premiership dates released

Premiership Rugby has agreed the next round of televised Aviva Premiership Rugby matches with broadcast partners ESPN and Sky.

108 tries have been scored in the first four rounds of matches, averaging 27 per round and 4.5 per match. The televised fixtures for the six rounds of matches from round eight onwards, including the Christmas and New Year period, have now been agreed.

Saracens match against London Wasps at Wembley Stadium on Boxing Day will be televised by Sky, as will Harlequins “Big Game 3” against London Irish at Twickenham the following day.


Between them, these two matches could draw a crowd in excess of 125,000, with Quins attracting 76,716 for Big Game 2 last season.

ESPN will go to Welford Road on Monday 27th December for Tigers” match against Sale Sharks, before covering both sides again in their first fixtures of 2011.

ESPN has a double header of matches on Sunday 2nd January 2011, starting at Edgeley Park for Sale Sharks” match against Saracens, before making their first visit to Sandy Park to cover Exeter Chiefs” match against Leicester Tigers, with the Chiefs keen to gain some reward from the home match, having led 10-20 at half time at Welford Road in the round two encounter.

There is live rugby from the Madejski Stadium on New Year”s Day, as the current Aviva Premiership Rugby leaders London Irish play Bath Rugby.

Ten of the 12 Aviva Premiership Rugby clubs will have home matches televised live in this period, with all 12 covered at least once.

The televised matches in full are as follows:

Aviva Premiership Rugby round eight
Friday 19th November, 19:45, Leicester Tigers, Harlequins, Welford Road, Sky
Sunday 21st November, 14:00, London Wasps, London Irish, Adams Park, ESPN
Sunday 21st November, 16:15, Bath Rugby, Saracens, Recreation Ground, ESPN

Aviva Premiership Rugby round nine
Friday 26th November, 19:45, Northampton Saints, London Irish, Franklin’s Gardens, Sky
Saturday 27th November, 17:30, Bath Rugby, London Wasps, Recreation Ground, ESPN
Sunday 28th November, 15:00, Harlequins, Leeds Carnegie, Twickenham Stoop, ESPN

Aviva Premiership Rugby round ten
Friday 3rd December, 19:45, Sale Sharks, Gloucester Rugby, Edgeley Park, Sky
Saturday 4th December, 14:30, London Irish, Leicester Tigers, Madejski Stadium, ESPN
Sunday 5th December, 14:15, Saracens, Harlequins, Vicarage Road, ESPN

Aviva Premiership Rugby round 11
Sunday 26th December, 14:45, Saracens, London Wasps, Wembley, Sky
Monday 27th December, 14:00, Leicester Tigers, Sale Sharks, Welford Road, ESPN
Monday 27th December, 16:30, Harlequins, London Irish, Twickenham, Sky

Aviva Premiership Rugby round 12
Saturday 1st January, 15:15, London Irish, Bath Rugby, Madejski Stadium, Sky
Sunday 2nd January, 14:00, Sale Sharks, Saracens, Edgeley Park, ESPN
Sunday 2nd January, 16:15, Exeter Chiefs, Leicester Tigers, Sandy Park, ESPN

Aviva Premiership Rugby round 13
Saturday 8th January, 14:45, Harlequins, London Wasps, Twickenham Stoop, Sky
Saturday 8th January, 17:00, Leicester Tigers, Northampton Saints, Welford Road, Sky
Sunday 9th January, 16:00, Newcastle Falcons, Sale Sharks, Kingston Park, ESPN

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