Aviva Premiership Rugby Fixtures announced

Premiership Rugby have announced the fixtures for the 2016/7 Aviva Premiership Rugby season and Bristol Rugby’s first match back in the top flight of English club rugby will take place at Twickenham Stadium.

Andy Robinson’s side will take part in the annual London Double Header, on Saturday 3 September, facing the 2012 Aviva Premiership Rugby Champions, Harlequins.

“Seeing the fixtures really gets the juices flowing. We’re pleased to be involved in the London Double Header on our first game back in the top flight, it’s always a day that provides entertaining, competitive rugby,” said Robinson.

“The key for us this season is to enjoy our rugby and embrace the challenges that await us. We’re looking forward to playing at a fantastic stadium in front of our supporters, who we know will travel in great numbers to Twickenham.”

The London Double Header will be completed by the current champions, Saracens who kick off the defence of their Aviva Premiership Rugby title hosting Worcester Warriors, both matches live on BT Sport.

“We’re very much looking forward to kicking off the 2016-17 campaign back at Twickenham Stadium against Worcester Warriors,” said Saracens Director of Rugby, Mark McCall.

“The London Double Header is always a great way to start the new season with four clubs battling it out in a showpiece occasion in front of a big crowd.

“Looking around Aviva Premiership Rugby all clubs have strengthened going into the new campaign with quality players joining from across the globe – again proving that this competition is one of the best in the world.”

Bristol Rugby may well be playing their first Aviva Premiership Rugby match at Twickenham Stadium but the league season will kick off the night before at Kingsholm.

Gloucester Rugby have been given the honour of opening the new season at home to Leicester Tigers, live on BT Sport.

“If there’s one thing that helps focus the mind for players and coaches during preseason training, it’s knowing who you’re going to be playing against to start the season,” said David Humphreys, the Director of Rugby at Gloucester Rugby.

“And it doesn’t get any better than opening up at home against Leicester Tigers. We had two incredibly hard-fought and close matches with them last season and we’re looking forward to locking horns with them again.

“A Friday night game under the lights at Kingsholm will be a magnificent spectacle to start the Aviva Premiership season, and I’ve no doubt that our fantastic supporters will turn out in force to roar us on.”

In what is expected to be the most competitive Aviva Premiership Rugby season on record the rest of the opening weekend presents fans with a series of mouth-watering fixtures.

On the first Saturday – alongside the London Double Header – Bath Rugby make the trip to the East Midlands to take on Northampton Saints. Sunday’s match sees last season’s Aviva Premiership Rugby runners-up Exeter Chiefs make the trip to the Ricoh Arena to play Wasps, and Newcastle Falcons host Sale Sharks on Friday.

The full line-up for the opening weekend:

Friday 2 September
Gloucester Rugby v Leicester Tigers – Live on BT Sport
Newcastle Falcons v Sale Sharks

Saturday 3 September
Harlequins v Bristol Rugby – Live on BT Sport
Northampton Saints v Bath Rugby
Saracens v Worcester Warriors – Live on BT Sport

Sunday 4 September
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs – Live on BT Sport

Such is the anticipation for the opening week that BT Sport have decided to show four matches live. They start with Gloucester v Leicester Tigers, moving to the London Double Header and completing their live coverage at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday.

Bristol Rugby’s first home match in Aviva Premiership Rugby will come on Sunday 11 September, when they host 2014 champions, Northampton Saints.

Bristol Rugby Director of Rugby Andy Robinson added: “Northampton Saints are the first visitors to the newly renovated Ashton Gate and it promises to be a good occasion.

“Our supporters and players will enjoy their new surroundings, the excellent playing surface and the passionate atmosphere that will be created. There’s lots of hard work to come during the pre-season campaign, but everybody is chomping at the bit to get started in Aviva Premiership Rugby.”

The second weekend of Aviva Premiership Rugby features live TV matches at Sixways, Welford Road and Sandy Park.

2016/7 Aviva Premiership Rugby Fixtures

Round 1
Fri 2nd Sep 16 02 Sep 19:45 Gloucester Rugby v Leicester Tigers Kingsholm
Fri 2nd Sep 16 02 Sep 20:00 Newcastle Falcons v Sale Sharks Kingston Park
Sat 3rd Sep 16 03 Sep 14:00 Saracens v Worcester Warriors Twickenham Stadium
Sat 3rd Sep 16 03 Sep 15:30 Northampton Saints v Bath Rugby Franklin’s Gardens
Sat 3rd Sep 16 03 Sep 16:30 Harlequins v Bristol Rugby Twickenham Stadium
Sun 4th Sep 16 04 Sep 15:00 Wasps v Exeter Chiefs Ricoh Arena

Round 2
Fri 9th Sep 16 09 Sep 19:45 Worcester Warriors v Gloucester Rugby Sixways
Fri 9th Sep 16 09 Sep 20:15 Sale Sharks v Harlequins AJ Bell Stadium
Sat 10th Sep 16 10 Sep 15:00 Bath Rugby v Newcastle Falcons Recreation Ground
Sat 10th Sep 16 10 Sep 15:00 Leicester Tigers v Wasps Welford Road
Sun 11th Sep 16 11 Sep 15:00 Bristol Rugby v Northampton Saints Ashton Gate
Sun 11th Sep 16 11 Sep 15:00 Exeter Chiefs v Saracens Sandy Park

Round 3
Fri 16th Sep 16 16 Sep 19:45 Sale Sharks v Gloucester Rugby AJ Bell Stadium
Sat 17th Sep 16 17 Sep 15:00 Bath Rugby v Worcester Warriors Recreation Ground
Sat 17th Sep 16 17 Sep 15:00 Exeter Chiefs v Harlequins Sandy Park
Sat 17th Sep 16 17 Sep 15:00 Saracens v Northampton Saints Allianz Park
Sun 18th Sep 16 18 Sep 14:30 Wasps v Bristol Rugby Ricoh Arena
Sun 18th Sep 16 18 Sep 15:00 Newcastle Falcons v Leicester Tigers Kingston Park

Round 4
Fri 23rd Sep 16 23 Sep 19:45 Bristol Rugby v Exeter Chiefs Ashton Gate
Sat 24th Sep 16 24 Sep 15:00 Gloucester Rugby v Newcastle Falcons Kingsholm
Sat 24th Sep 16 24 Sep 15:00 Harlequins v Saracens Twickenham Stoop
Sat 24th Sep 16 24 Sep 15:00 Northampton Saints v Wasps Franklin’s Gardens
Sat 24th Sep 16 24 Sep 15:00 Worcester Warriors v Sale Sharks Sixways
Sun 25th Sep 16 25 Sep 15:00 Leicester Tigers v Bath Rugby Welford Road

Round 5
Fri 30th Sep 16 30 Sep 19:45 Bristol Rugby v Saracens Ashton Gate
Fri 30th Sep 16 30 Sep 19:45 Northampton Saints v Exeter Chiefs Franklin’s Gardens
Sat 1st Oct 16 01 Oct 14:30 Sale Sharks v Leicester Tigers AJ Bell Stadium
Sat 1st Oct 16 01 Oct 15:00 Gloucester Rugby v Bath Rugby Kingsholm
Sun 2nd Oct 16 02 Oct 14:30 Wasps v Harlequins Ricoh Arena
Sun 2nd Oct 16 02 Oct 15:00 Worcester Warriors v Newcastle Falcons Sixways

Round 6
Fri 7th Oct 16 07 Oct 19:45 Bath Rugby v Sale Sharks Recreation Ground
Sat 8th Oct 16 08 Oct 15:00 Exeter Chiefs v Gloucester Rugby Sandy Park
Sat 8th Oct 16 08 Oct 15:00 Harlequins v Northampton Saints Twickenham Stoop
Sat 8th Oct 16 08 Oct 15:00 Leicester Tigers v Worcester Warriors Welford Road
Sat 8th Oct 16 08 Oct 15:00 Newcastle Falcons v Bristol Rugby Kingston Park
Sun 9th Oct 16 09 Oct 15:00 Saracens v Wasps Allianz Park

Round 7
Fri 28th Oct 16 28 Oct 19:45 Northampton Saints v Gloucester Rugby Franklin’s Gardens
Sat 29th Oct 16 29 Oct 15:00 Bristol Rugby v Sale Sharks Ashton Gate
Sat 29th Oct 16 29 Oct 15:00 Harlequins v Worcester Warriors Twickenham Stoop
Sat 29th Oct 16 29 Oct 15:00 Saracens v Leicester Tigers Allianz Park
Sun 30th Oct 16 30 Oct 14:30 Wasps v Newcastle Falcons Ricoh Arena
Sun 30th Oct 16 30 Oct 15:00 Exeter Chiefs v Bath Rugby Sandy Park

Round 8
Fri 18th Nov 16 18 Nov 19:45 Bath Rugby v Bristol Rugby Recreation Ground
Fri 18th Nov 16 18 Nov 19:45 Worcester Warriors v Northampton Saints Sixways
Fri 18th Nov 16 18 Nov 20:00 Newcastle Falcons v Exeter Chiefs Kingston Park
Sat 19th Nov 16 19 Nov 15:00 Gloucester Rugby v Wasps Kingsholm
Sun 20th Nov 16 20 Nov 13:00 Sale Sharks v Saracens AJ Bell Stadium
Sun 20th Nov 16 20 Nov 15:00 Leicester Tigers v Harlequins Welford Road

Round 9
Fri 25th Nov 16 25 Nov 19:45 Bristol Rugby v Leicester Tigers Ashton Gate
Sat 26th Nov 16 26 Nov 15:00 Exeter Chiefs v Worcester Warriors Sandy Park
Sat 26th Nov 16 26 Nov 15:00 Harlequins v Bath Rugby Twickenham Stoop
Sat 26th Nov 16 26 Nov 15:00 Northampton Saints v Newcastle Falcons Franklin’s Gardens
Sat 26th Nov 16 26 Nov 15:00 Saracens v Gloucester Rugby Allianz Park
Sun 27th Nov 16 27 Nov 14:30 Wasps v Sale Sharks Ricoh Arena

Round 10
Fri 2nd Dec 16 02 Dec 20:15 Sale Sharks v Exeter Chiefs AJ Bell Stadium
Sat 3rd Dec 16 03 Dec 15:00 Bath Rugby v Saracens Recreation Ground
Sat 3rd Dec 16 03 Dec 15:00 Gloucester Rugby v Bristol Rugby Kingsholm
Sat 3rd Dec 16 03 Dec 15:00 Leicester Tigers v Northampton Saints Welford Road
Sat 3rd Dec 16 03 Dec 15:00 Worcester Warriors v Wasps Sixways
Sun 4th Dec 16 04 Dec 15:00 Newcastle Falcons v Harlequins Kingston Park

Round 11
23/24/25 Dec
Bristol Rugby v Worcester Warriors Ashton Gate
Exeter Chiefs v Leicester Tigers Sandy Park
Harlequins v Gloucester Rugby Twickenham Stadium
Northampton Saints v Sale Sharks Franklin’s Gardens
Saracens v Newcastle Falcons Allianz Park
Wasps v Bath Rugby Ricoh Arena

Round 12
31 Dec, 1 Jan
Bath Rugby v Exeter Chiefs Recreation Ground
Gloucester Rugby v Northampton Saints Kingsholm
Leicester Tigers v Saracens Welford Road
Newcastle Falcons v Wasps Kingston Park
Sale Sharks v Bristol Rugby AJ Bell Stadium
Worcester Warriors v Harlequins Sixways

Round 13
Sat 7th Jan 17 07 Jan 15:00 Gloucester Rugby v Worcester Warriors Kingsholm
Sat 7th Jan 17 07 Jan 15:00 Harlequins v Sale Sharks Twickenham Stoop
Sat 7th Jan 17 07 Jan 15:00 Northampton Saints v Bristol Rugby Franklin’s Gardens
Sat 7th Jan 17 07 Jan 15:00 Saracens v Exeter Chiefs Allianz Park
Sun 8th Jan 17 08 Jan 14:30 Wasps v Leicester Tigers Ricoh Arena
Sun 8th Jan 17 08 Jan 15:00 Newcastle Falcons v Bath Rugby Kingston Park

Round 14
Fri 10th Feb 17 10 Feb 19:45 Bristol Rugby v Harlequins Ashton Gate
Fri 10th Feb 17 10 Feb 20:15 Sale Sharks v Newcastle Falcons AJ Bell Stadium
Sat 11th Feb 17 11 Feb 15:00 Bath Rugby v Northampton Saints Recreation Ground
Sat 11th Feb 17 11 Feb 15:00 Exeter Chiefs v Wasps Sandy Park
Sat 11th Feb 17 11 Feb 15:00 Leicester Tigers v Gloucester Rugby Welford Road
Sat 11th Feb 17 11 Feb 15:00 Worcester Warriors v Saracens Sixways

Round 15
Fri 17th Feb 17 17 Feb 20:15 Sale Sharks v Wasps AJ Bell Stadium
Sat 18th Feb 17 18 Feb 15:00 Bath Rugby v Harlequins Recreation Ground
Sat 18th Feb 17 18 Feb 15:00 Gloucester Rugby v Saracens Kingsholm
Sat 18th Feb 17 18 Feb 15:00 Leicester Tigers v Bristol Rugby Welford Road
Sat 18th Feb 17 18 Feb 15:00 Worcester Warriors v Exeter Chiefs Sixways
Sun 19th Feb 17 19 Feb 15:00 Newcastle Falcons v Northampton Saints Kingston Park

Round 16
Fri 24th Feb 17 24 Feb 19:45 Bristol Rugby v Bath Rugby Ashton Gate
Sat 25th Feb 17 25 Feb 15:00 Exeter Chiefs v Newcastle Falcons Sandy Park
Sat 25th Feb 17 25 Feb 15:00 Harlequins v Leicester Tigers Twickenham Stoop
Sat 25th Feb 17 25 Feb 15:00 Northampton Saints v Worcester Warriors Franklin’s Gardens
Sat 25th Feb 17 25 Feb 15:00 Saracens v Sale Sharks Allianz Park
Sun 26th Feb 17 26 Feb 14:30 Wasps v Gloucester Rugby Ricoh Arena

Round 17
Fri 3rd Mar 17 03 Mar 20:15 Sale Sharks v Northampton Saints AJ Bell Stadium
Sat 4th Mar 17 04 Mar 15:00 Bath Rugby v Wasps Recreation Ground
Sat 4th Mar 17 04 Mar 15:00 Gloucester Rugby v Harlequins Kingsholm
Sat 4th Mar 17 04 Mar 15:00 Leicester Tigers v Exeter Chiefs Welford Road
Sat 4th Mar 17 04 Mar 15:00 Worcester Warriors v Bristol Rugby Sixways
Sun 5th Mar 17 05 Mar 15:00 Newcastle Falcons v Saracens Kingston Park

Round 18
Sat 25th Mar 17 25 Mar 15:00 Exeter Chiefs v Sale Sharks Sandy Park
Sat 25th Mar 17 25 Mar 15:00 Harlequins v Newcastle Falcons Twickenham Stoop
Sat 25th Mar 17 25 Mar 15:00 Northampton Saints v Leicester Tigers Franklin’s Gardens
Sat 25th Mar 17 25 Mar 15:00 Saracens v Bath Rugby Allianz Park
Sun 26th Mar 17 26 Mar 14:30 Wasps v Worcester Warriors Ricoh Arena
Sun 26th Mar 17 26 Mar 15:00 Bristol Rugby v Gloucester Rugby Ashton Gate

Round 19
Fri 7th Apr 17 07 Apr 20:00 Newcastle Falcons v Gloucester Rugby Kingston Park
Fri 7th Apr 17 07 Apr 20:15 Sale Sharks v Worcester Warriors AJ Bell Stadium
Sat 8th Apr 17 08 Apr 15:00 Bath Rugby v Leicester Tigers Twickenham Stadium
Sat 8th Apr 17 08 Apr 15:00 Exeter Chiefs v Bristol Rugby Sandy Park
Sat 8th Apr 17 08 Apr 15:00 Saracens v Harlequins Wembley Stadium
Sun 9th Apr 17 09 Apr 14:30 Wasps v Northampton Saints Ricoh Arena

Round 20
Sat 15th Apr 17 15 Apr 15:00 Gloucester Rugby v Sale Sharks Kingsholm
Sat 15th Apr 17 15 Apr 15:00 Harlequins v Exeter Chiefs Twickenham Stoop
Sat 15th Apr 17 15 Apr 15:00 Leicester Tigers v Newcastle Falcons Welford Road
Sat 15th Apr 17 15 Apr 15:00 Northampton Saints v Saracens Franklin’s Gardens
Sat 15th Apr 17 15 Apr 15:00 Worcester Warriors v Bath Rugby Sixways
Sun 16th Apr 17 16 Apr 15:00 Bristol Rugby v Wasps Ashton Gate

Round 21
Fri 28th Apr 17 28 Apr 20:00 Newcastle Falcons v Worcester Warriors Kingston Park
Sat 29th Apr 17 29 Apr 15:00 Bath Rugby v Gloucester Rugby Recreation Ground
Sat 29th Apr 17 29 Apr 15:00 Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints Sandy Park
Sat 29th Apr 17 29 Apr 15:00 Harlequins v Wasps Twickenham Stoop
Sat 29th Apr 17 29 Apr 15:00 Leicester Tigers v Sale Sharks Welford Road
Sat 29th Apr 17 29 Apr 15:00 Saracens v Bristol Rugby Allianz Park

Round 22
Sat 6th May
Bristol Rugby v Newcastle Falcons Ashton Gate
Gloucester Rugby v Exeter Chiefs Kingsholm
Northampton Saints v Harlequins Franklin’s Gardens
Sale Sharks v Bath Rugby AJ Bell Stadium
Wasps v Saracens Ricoh Arena
Worcester Warriors v Leicester Tigers Sixways

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