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2019/20 GALLAGHER PREMIERSHIP FIXTURES ANNOUNCED

2019/20 GALLAGHER PREMIERSHIP FIXTURES ANNOUNCED

2019/20 Gallagher Premiership Fixtures Release

This morning, Premiership Rugby have released the fixture list for this year’s Gallagher Premiership Competition live from BT Tower in London.

This year’s calendar is slightly different to previous seasons with the first Gallagher Premiership game being played later than usual due to the Rugby World Cup this autumn.

The Sharks domestic rugby season will start on the 19th September with four rounds back to back in the Premiership Rugby Cup prior to the start of the Gallagher Premiership. These fixtures will be released on the 17th July.

Sale’s Gallagher Premiership season will start off with a highly anticipated clash versus Gloucester Rugby on the 21st October at the AJ Bell Stadium. The Sharks were the only side to beat the ‘cherry and whites’ home and away last year and with the South African connection in both squads, along with the thriller of a fixture between the two sides in the final round of the 18/19 Gallagher Premiership, it is set to be a great encounter to kick off the 2019/20 season at the AJ Bell.

In round two the Sharks will be hosted by London Irish at the Madejski Stadium, in the exiles first home fixture of the season.

The Reading based club have recruited well over the summer, adding star quality to their back line in the form of All Black winger Waisake Naholo and Australian international Nick Phipps. Sale supporters should look out for a certain Samoan flanker still plying his trade at London Irish, former Sharks fan favourite TJ Ioane will likely make an appearance against his former club, providing a great test for the well-stocked back-row ranks at Sale.

Trips to Bristol and Worcester, along with a visit from Wasps follow before the competition takes its break for Europe.  Further details of our Heineken Champions Cup Pool 2 Fixtures will be released in August.

In December the Sharks face Northampton Saints at home in the run up to Christmas, Steve Diamond will be hoping for a repeat result from the festive fixture last year, in which a confident Sale side beat Bristol Bears 27-10 before backing it up with two further wins in the league against Champions Saracens and high flying Gloucester Rugby.

It’s a trip to the West-Country to face Bath Rugby in the final fixture of 2019 followed by Harlequins who will make the trip up to Manchester on Friday 3rd January. Showcased lived on BT Sport, this match pits two of the world’s best half-backs against each other in Faf De Klerk and Danny Care, the two playmakers had an intense battle in this fixture earlier in 2019, and Sharks fans will be hoping for much of the same when the South Londoner’s visit the AJ Bell in 2020.

The Sharks final match of the 2019/20 regular season will be against Worcester on Saturday 16th June. The Warriors will head north in the first week of June to finish off the season in the infamous Manchester summer sunshine!

*All Fixtures Dates and Kick off times post Round 8 are TBC

Download the latest fixture list as a PDF here: 2019-20_Fixtures_Print1

Read the full Premiership Rugby press release below:

Premiership Rugby can confirm that the new Gallagher Premiership Rugby season will kick off on Friday 18 October at Ashton Gate with Bristol Bears taking on Bath Rugby, live on BT Sport.

The West Country derby is part of a compelling first round of Gallagher Premiership Rugby on the same weekend as the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals in Japan.

Gallagher Premiership Rugby – Round One

Friday 18 October

Bristol Bears v Bath Rugby (7.45pm, BT Sport)

Saturday 19 October

Exeter Chiefs v Harlequins (3pm, BT Sport)
Sale Sharks v Gloucester Rugby (3pm)
Saracens v Northampton Saints (3pm)
Worcester Warriors v Leicester Tigers (3pm)

Sunday 20 October

Wasps v London Irish (3pm, BT Sport)

Bristol Bears Director of Rugby Pat Lam said: “We couldn’t have asked for a better start than Bath Rugby. When we launched Gallagher Premiership Rugby last year – it was a huge, full house at Ashton Gate with both sets of supporters, the weather was good, we played good rugby and obviously got the win – it was a magical night.

“To be asked to do it again – you’ve got supporters from both sets who were there, there are people who missed out and heard about it, so there’s no doubt they’ll want to be there. There’s a good rivalry, all we’ve got to do is play our part in it and make sure we’re at our best.”

Premiership Rugby will break new ground in the 2018-19 season by staging the first rugby match at the new £1 billion Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, which will also host the Heineken Cup Champions Cup Final in 2021.

The release of the Gallagher Premiership Rugby fixtures today confirms that the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Champions, Saracens, will play Harlequins on Saturday 28 March at the 62,000-seater state of the art stadium in north London, live on BT Sport.

“I look forward to all the big games – I love them!” said Saracens coach Alex Sanderson. “There’s no better place to play Harlequins than the big stadiums. I’m really looking forward to going down there. The boys have been there, and they’ve said it’s worth every penny of the billion pounds it cost.”

The clash with Harlequins is one of the red-letter dates in the Gallagher Premiership Rugby calendar and has been staged at Wembley Stadium and the London Stadium before moving into its exciting new home.

Sanderson added: “When we started using the bigger stadiums people said we wouldn’t get any crowds, then we started getting 60,000, 80,000, and these younger lads that are coming through – they won’t get that kind of experience – for some of them it’ll be the biggest game they’ll play ever.

“It’s a great experience before you start getting to semi-finals and finals. It’s good preparation for the whole team, but certainly for the young lads to get that exposure on the big stage which is slightly out of their comfort zone and where they have to focus on their game. “

Saracens start the defence of their title with a repeat of the 2014 Final at home to Northampton Saints.

Sanderson added: “There are two big fixtures to start us off given how well Northampton Saints are doing and the comeback that Leicester Tigers are going to make. We’re pretty big targets for both teams.

“The opener is going to be a tough game. They’ve [Saints] made massive strides with Chris Boyd – he’s a good coach. He’s put real confidence into some of his younger players as well – particularly in the backline. If you look at the stats, they’re probably the best attacking team in terms of yardage.

“They’re able to score long-distance tries with some of the attacking prowess of a team almost in the Hurricanes making, it’s that kind of style that means they’re able to score from anywhere. And that’s just off the back of one season – the longer you work together the better you fit together, and I can only imagine that that’s going to be up a level again with another pre-season. For a defence coach, that’s worrying – how you’re going to be able to contain them.”

Promoted side London Irish start their campaign on Sunday 20 October at the Ricoh Arena, against Wasps, with their first home match against Sale Sharks on 26 October, their last season at Madejski Stadium before the move to Brentford.

“I think there’s excitement on many levels. It’s our last season at Madejski Stadium so we need to make sure we do that justice for the supporters but then if we get it right we’re moving to Brentford and there’s a massive opportunity there,” said London Irish head coach Les Kiss.

“First and foremost, we want to survive because we want to be a club that’s sustainable at the next level.

“Wasps is a pretty tough place to go. They’ve got some changes in their team, they’ve lost a few but you look at what they’ve signed, it’ll be a tough gig for sure. It’s a handy enough start for us to see where we are.”

“Sale really have strengthened. They’re a team that’s probably going to see a huge rise in their fortunes this year. They were close to it last season and the way they’ve strengthened with the du Preez brothers and they’ve obviously got the Curry boys too.

“A few of them will be missing early in the season when we play them but they’re a team on the rise. To get them at first, hopefully that falls in our favour.”

To help supporters plan ahead Premiership Rugby has been able to work with BT Sport to ensure all Gallagher Premiership Rugby fixtures up to and including 5 January can be confirmed today, six months in advance.

A Premiership Rugby spokesperson said: “It’s not easy to deliver, but we make a commitment to our fans to announce fixtures as early as possible as we know they need time to plan. Without BT Sport’s co-operation it would not be possible.”

The top flight season kicks off in England on Friday 13 September with the Premiership Rugby 7s – contested by all 12 Gallagher Premiership Rugby – sides with the first match in the Premiership Rugby Cup taking place on Friday 20 September, also live on BT Sport.

  • The Premiership Rugby 7s fixtures will be announced at noon on Monday 15 July
  • The Premiership Rugby Cup fixtures will be announced at noon on Wednesday 17 July

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