The start of a new Premiership season has been marked by the release of all 2019-20 fixtures.
Round One has been pushed to the later date of October 18/19/20 as a result of the Rugby World Cup in Japan, which sees its first match take place on 20 September.
The televised games on opening weekend will see rivals Bristol Bears take on Bath at Ashton Gate on the Friday night, in Stuart Hooper’s first game in charge since the departure of Todd Blackadder.
Reigning champions Saracens then welcome Northampton Saints to Allianz Park, with Chris Boyd’s side looking to assert themselves as a team capable of cracking into the league’s unstoppable duo of Saracens and Exeter Chiefs.
Championship winners London Irish start the new campaign in front of the TV cameras at the Ricoh Arena, having not won at the venue since Wasps’ move from Wycombe to Coventry.
Fri 18 October: Bristol Bears v Bath
Sat 19 October: Exeter Chiefs v Harlequins
Sale Sharks v Gloucester
Saracens v Northampton Saints
Worcester Warriors v Leicester Tigers
Sun 20 October: Wasps v London Irish
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