2011/12 Premiership Rugby fixtures revealed

The Aviva Premiership Rugby fixtures for the 2011/12 season have been announced with reigning Aviva Premiership Rugby champions Saracens kicking off their season by playing London Wasps in the London Double Header at Twickenham.

Their opponents in that final, Leicester Tigers start at Welford Road against Exeter Chiefs as the Devon side embark upon their second season in the top flight.

Returning to the top division, Worcester Warriors begin their Aviva Premiership Rugby campaign at Sixways against Sale Sharks.

The only Sunday match sees Heineken Cup Finalists Northampton Saints play Gloucester Rugby, the sides that finished fourth and third in the league last season.

The other half of the London Double header sees London Irish play European Challenge Cup Winners Harlequins and Sir Ian McGeechan takes his Bath Rugby team to Kingston Park to play Newcastle Falcons.

In addition to the fixtures being announced, the first eight rounds of televised matches have also been agreed.

ESPN will begin their coverage of Aviva Premiership Rugby by showing both matches in the London Double Header, whilst Sky begin their coverage at Franklin’s Gardens with Northampton Saints versus Gloucester Rugby.

Bath’s first home match against Saracens features in round two, as does London Wasps’ match against Leicester Tigers, the two most successful clubs of the professional era.

Leicester Tigers’ match against Saracens, a repeat of the last two Premiership Rugby Finals will be shown live by ESPN in round four.

Worcester Warriors feature for the first time in round five when they play Northampton Saints at Sixways.

Round 1:
September 3, 2011 – London Irish v Harlequins (14:00, ESPN)
September 3, 2011 – Leicester Tigers v Exeter Chiefs (15:00)
September 3, 2011 – Saracens v London Wasps (16:00, ESPN)
September 3, 2011 – Newcastle Falcons v Bath Rugby (18:30)
September 4, 2011 – Northampton Saints v Gloucester Rugby (15:30, Sky)
Date TBC – Worcester Warriors v Sale Sharks

Round 2:
September 9, 2011 – Sale Sharks v London Irish (19:45)
September 9, 2011 – Harlequins v Northampton Saints (19:45, ESPN)
September 10, 2011 – Bath Rugby v Saracens (15:15, Sky)
September 10, 2011 – Exeter Chiefs v Newcastle Falcons (15:00)
September 10, 2011 – Gloucester Rugby v Worcester Warriors (15:00)
September 11, 2011 – London Wasps v Leicester Tigers (14:15, ESPN)

Round 3:
September 17, 2011 – Bath Rugby v Exeter Chiefs (17:30, ESPN)
September 17, 2011 – Harlequins v Gloucester Rugby (15:00)
September 17, 2011 – Newcastle Falcons v Leicester Tigers (15:05, Sky)
September 18, 2011 – Saracens v Worcester Warriors (14:15, ESPN)
Date TBC – Northampton Saints v London Irish
Date TBC – London Wasps v Sale Sharks

Round 4:
23 September 2011 – Sale Sharks v Northampton Saints (19:45, ESPN)
24 September 2011 – Leicester Tigers v Saracens (14:30, ESPN)
24 September 2011 – Gloucester Rugby v Bath Rugby (15:00)
24 September 2011 – London Irish v Newcastle Falcons (15:00)
25 September 2011 – Exeter Chiefs v London Wasps (15:00, Sky)
Date TBC – Worcester Warriors v Harlequins

Round 5:
30 September 2011 – Worcester Warriors v Northampton Saints (19:45, ESPN)
01 October 2011 – Gloucester Rugby v London Irish (13:00, ESPN)
01 October 2011 – Exeter Chiefs v Saracens (15:00)
01 October 2011 – Harlequins Sale Sharks (15:00)
01 October 2011 – Bath Rugby Leicester Tigers (15:15, Sky)
02 October 2011 – Newcastle Falcons London Wasps (15:00)

Round 6:
07 October 2011 Sale Sharks v Gloucester Rugby (19:45)
08 October 2011 Northampton Saints v Exeter Chiefs

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