Aviva Premiership 2016/17 fixtures revealed for new season
Promoted Bristol’s first game back in the Premiership will be against Harlequins
Defending champions Saracens face Worcester in the other Twickenham in the other game of the double header
Sarries will go into the season hoping to become the first team to win three successive Premiership titles since Wasps did it between 2003 and 2005
Bristol Rugby’s first match back in the Aviva Premiership 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.”
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
The second weekend of Premiership fixtures features live TV matches at Sixways, Welford Road and Sandy Park.
The full line-up is:
Friday 9 September:
Sale Sharks v Harlequins
Worcester Warriors v Gloucester Rugby – Live on BT Sport
Saturday 10 September:
Bath Rugby v Newcastle Falcons
Leicester Tigers v Wasps – Live on BT Sport
Sunday 11 September:
Bristol Rugby v Northampton Saints
Exeter Chiefs v Saracens – Live on BT Sport
Aviva Premiership Rugby will also be staging a number of games away from traditional home venues throughout the season with both Harlequins and Bath Rugby staging matches at Twickenham Stadium and Saracens playing at Wembley.
Premiership Rugby have also confirmed that the Anglo-Welsh Cup will return for the 2016-17 season, kicking off on the weekend of 4-6 November. The pools and fixtures for the new Anglo-Welsh Cup will be announced later in July.