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BT Sport is delighted to announce that it will be showing 25 Aviva Premiership games exclusively live in the first eight rounds of the 2016/17 Aviva Premiership season.

Leicester Tigers' trip to Kingsholm to face Gloucester in the opening game of the season is the first fixture live on BT Sport and kicks off a blockbuster weekend as English top flight returns.

London Irish's return to the Premiership begins at Twickenham as they face Harlequins in the first game of the annual London Double Header, with champions Saracens hosting Worcester Warriors earlier in the day.

Bristol's Director of Rugby Andy Robinson is excited to begin against the 2012 champions and admits seeing the fixtures "gets the juices going".

Robinson said: "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.

"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."

Champions Cup holders Saracens will be aiming to maintain their domestic dominance and Director of Rugby Mark McCall is excited to begin at the stadium that they lifted the Premiership crown a few weeks ago.

McCall said: "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.

"All Aviva Premiership 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."

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 runners-up Exeter Chiefs make the trip to the Ricoh Arena to play Wasps, and Newcastle Falcons host Sale Sharks on Friday night.

 

 

LIVE AVIVA PREMIERSHIP FIXTURES ON BT SPORT

Friday, September 2nd: Gloucester Rugby v Leicester Tigers (7.45pm)

Saturday, September 3rd: Saracens v Worcester Warriors (2pm)

Saturday, September 3rd: Harlequins v Bristol Rugby (4.30pm)

Sunday, September 4th: Wasps v Exeter Chiefs (3pm)

 

Friday, September 9th: Worcester Warriors v Gloucester Rugby (7.45pm)

Saturday, September 10th: Leicester Tigers v Wasps (3pm)

Sunday, September 11th: Exeter Chiefs v Saracens (3pm)

 

Friday, September 16th: Sale Sharks v Gloucester Rugby (7.45pm)

Saturday, September 17th: Saracens v Northampton Saints (3pm)

Sunday, September 18th: Newcastle Falcons v Leicester Tigers (7.45pm)

 

Friday, September 23rd: Bristol Rugby v Exeter Chiefs (7.45pm)

Saturday, September 24th: Northampton Saints v Wasps (3pm)

Sunday, September 25th: Leicester Tigers v Bath Rugby (3pm)

 

Friday, September 30th: Northampton Saints v Exeter Chiefs (7.45pm)

Saturday, October 1st: Gloucester Rugby v Bath Rugby (3pm)

Sunday, October 2nd: Worcester Warriors v Newcastle Falcons (3pm)

 

Friday, October 7th: Bath Rugby v Sale Sharks (7.45pm)

Saturday, October 8th: Harlequins v Northampton Saints (3pm)

Sunday, October 9th: Saracens v Wasps (3pm)

 

Friday, October 28th: Northampton Saints v Gloucester Rugby (7.45pm)

Saturday, October 29th: Saracens v Leicester Tigers (3pm)

Sunday, October 30th: Exeter Chiefs v Bath Rugby (3pm)

 

Friday, November 18th: Bath Rugby v Bristol Rugby (7.45pm)

Sunday, November 20th: Sale Sharks v Saracens (1pm)

Sunday, November 20th: Leicester Tigers v Harlequins (3pm)