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BT Sport to show Premiership Rugby 7s as Saracens look to defend their crown

Saracens will begin their title defence against Sale Sharks as part of the spectacular two-day event at Northampton Saints’ Franklin’s Gardens home this September.

The annual curtain-raising Premiership Rugby 7s tournament will be broadcast live and exclusively on BT Sport this September as the season starts in style.

Northampton Saints’ home ground, Franklin’s Gardens, will host the event for the third year in a row with all 12 Gallagher Premiership teams on show.

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The ‘Olympic-style’ version of the tournament will take place on Friday 13 September and Saturday 14 September with every game live on BT Sport.

Coverage will be available on TV, as well as on the BT Sport app and BTSport.com, as we count down to the start of the new club campaign.

BT Sport is proud to show not only the Gallagher Premiership all season long, but also the Heineken Champions Cup and European Rugby Challenge Cup.

The pool stages get underway at 5.30pm on the Friday night, with teams divided into four groups of three and playing each other once.

The top two in each pool progress into Saturday’s Cup quarter-finals, with matches starting at 2.30pm, and the remaining four go straight into the Plate semi-finals.

Premiership new boys London Irish, winners of the 2012 tournament, get us underway on Friday night when they go up against Gloucester - with Exeter Chiefs also in Pool D.

Holders Saracens, who added the Premiership crown to their 7s success last season, have been drawn alongside Sale Sharks and Worcester Warriors in Pool A.

Last year's runners-up Wasps will come up against rivals Leicester Tigers and Bath in Pool B on the opening day of the tournament.

Hosts Northampton round off the festivities when they take on Harlequins, with Bristol Bears making up Pool C, and Saints’ forwards coach Phil Dowson is looking forward to seeing the talent on show.

“The club love hosting the Premiership Rugby 7s,” said the former England international.

“It’s the third year we have hosted it and it’s a real good way to start the season as it gives young players a chance to shine.

“Rory Hutchinson played in it this time last year and it’s a cracking opportunity for those guys to get a first run out. Players new to the academy can put the shirt on for the first time.

“They get a chance to tear around Franklin’s Gardens in front of a home crowd and it’s tremendously exciting for the club, so we’re all looking forward to that.

“The atmosphere at Franklin’s Gardens is always good for 7s and they are doing work all the time to improve the experience for fans, so it will only continue to get better.”

The tournament offers the chance for the next generation of rugby stars to go toe-to-toe with seasoned campaigners as the clubs gear up for another busy campaign.

With lots of international stars away preparing for the World Cup it offers the opportunity for younger players like Saints full-back George Furbank to stake a first-team claim.

The 22-year-old said: “It’s nice to have the Premiership Rugby 7s tournament back at Franklin’s Gardens again for the third year in a row – we won it at home a couple of years ago, which was awesome.

“It’s nice for the young boys to be able to pull on the jersey pretty early on in the season. They’re the first ones who get to show Chris Boyd and the other coaches what they’re about.

“It is really exciting. No pre-season is going to prepare you for the first five minutes of 7s!

“It’s an exciting opportunity and one the boys will relish when it comes around.”

Day one fixture list:

Pool Kick-off time Fixture
Pool D 5.30pm London Irish v Gloucester
Pool B 5.53pm Bath v Wasps
Pool A 6.15pm Worcester Warriors v Sale Sharks
Pool C 6.38pm Bristol Bears v Northampton Saints
Pool D 7pm Exeter Chiefs v London Irish
Pool B 7.23pm Wasps v Leicester Tigers
Pool A 7.45pm Saracens v Sale Sharks
Pool C 8.08pm Harlequins v Bristol Bears
Pool D 8.30pm Exeter Chiefs v Gloucester
Pool B 8.53pm Bath v Leicester Tigers
Pool A 9.15pm Worcester Warriors v Saracens
Pool C 9.38pm Harlequins v Northampton Saints

 

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