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Battle lines drawn for new Premiership season
ESPNscrum Staff
June 30, 2011

Saracens will kick off the defence of their Aviva Premiership crown at home to London Wasps in front of the ESPN cameras on September 4.

The new season begins with the traditional London double header that sees London Irish tackle Harlequins before Sarries and Wasps go head-to-head with both games taking place at Twickenham. Those two high-profile games will be the first of 43 live and exclusive matches on ESPN's UK channel this season that will also include one semi-final and the Premiership Final.

Premiership new boys Worcester Warriors celebrate their return to the top flight against Sale Sharks at Sixways Stadium. Elsewhere on the opening weekend, last year's beaten finalists Leicester Tigers entertain Exeter Chiefs at Welford Road, Bath travel to Kingston Park to tackle Newcastle and Northampton Saints and Gloucester go head-to-head at Franklin's Gardens.

Round 1:
September 3, 2011 - London Irish v Harlequins (14:00, ESPN)
September 3, 2011 - Leicester Tigers v Exeter Chiefs (15:00)
September 3, 2011 - Saracens v London Wasps (16:30, ESPN)
September 3, 2011 - Newcastle Falcons v Bath Rugby (18:30)
September 4, 2011 - Northampton Saints v Gloucester Rugby (15:30, Sky)
TBC - Worcester Warriors v Sale Sharks

Round 2:
September 9, 2011 - Sale Sharks v London Irish (19:45)
September 9, 2011 - Harlequins v Northampton Saints (19:45, ESPN)
September 10, 2011 - Bath Rugby v Saracens (15:15, Sky)
September 10, 2011 - Exeter Chiefs v Newcastle Falcons (15:00)
September 10, 2011 - Gloucester Rugby v Worcester Warriors (15:00)
September 11, 2011 - London Wasps v Leicester Tigers (14:15, ESPN)

Round 3:
September 17, 2011 - Bath Rugby v Exeter Chiefs (17:30, ESPN)
September 17, 2011 - Harlequins v Gloucester Rugby (15:00)
September 17, 2011 - London Wasps v Sale Sharks
September 17, 2011 - Newcastle Falcons v Leicester Tigers (15:05, Sky)
September 18, 2011 - Saracens v Worcester Warriors (14:15, ESPN)
TBC - Northampton Saints v London Irish

Round 4:
September 23, 2011 - Sale Sharks v Northampton Saints (19:45, ESPN)
September 24, 2011 - Leicester Tigers v Saracens (14:30, ESPN)
September 24, 2011 - Gloucester Rugby v Bath Rugby (15:00)
September 24, 2011 - London Irish v Newcastle Falcons (15:00)
September 24, 2011 - Exeter Chiefs v London Wasps (15:00, Sky)
TBC - Worcester Warriors v Harlequins

Round 5:
September 30, 2011 - Worcester Warriors v Northampton Saints (19:45, ESPN)
October 01, 2011 - Gloucester Rugby v London Irish (13:00, ESPN)
October 01, 2011 - Exeter Chiefs v Saracens (15:00)
October 01, 2011 - Harlequins v Sale Sharks (15:00)
October 01, 2011 - Bath Rugby v Leicester Tigers (15:15, Sky)
October 02, 2011 - Newcastle Falcons v London Wasps (15:00)

Round 6:
October 07, 2011- Sale Sharks v Gloucester Rugby (19:45)
October 08, 2011 - Northampton Saints v Exeter Chiefs (14:30, ESPN)
October 08, 2011 - Leicester Tigers v Harlequins (17:00, ESPN)
October 09, 2011 - London Irish v Worcester Warriors (14:00, Sky)
October 09, 2011 - Saracens v Newcastle Falcons (15:00)
October 09, 2011 - London Wasps v Bath Rugby (15:00)

Round 7:
October 28, 2011 - Sale Sharks v Leicester Tigers (19:45, ESPN)
October 29 2011 - London Irish v Bath (14:30, ESPN)
October 29, 2011 - Harlequins v Exeter Chiefs (15:00)
October 29, 2011 - Gloucester Rugby v Saracens (17:30, Sky)
TBC - Northampton Saints v Newcastle Falcons
TBC - Worcester Warriors v London Wasps

Round 8:
November 04, 2011 - Newcastle Falcons v Worcester Warriors (20:00)
November 05, 2011- Bath Rugby v Harlequins
November 05, 2011 - Leicester Tigers v London Irish (15:05, Sky)
November 05, 2011 - Exeter Chiefs v Gloucester Rugby (17:30, ESPN)
November 06, 2011 - London Wasps v Northampton Saints (14:15, ESPN)
November 06, 2011 - Saracens v Sale Sharks (15:00)
November 05, 2011- Bath Rugby v Harlequins

Round 9:
November 25, 2011 - Sale Sharks v Exeter Chiefs (19:45)
November 26, 2011 - Gloucester Rugby v Leicester Tigers (15:00)
November 26, 2011 - London Irish v London Wasps (15:00)
November 27, 2011 - Harlequins v Newcastle Falcons (15:00)
TBC - Northampton Saints v Saracens
TBC - Worcester Warriors v Bath Rugby

Round 10:
December 2, 2011 - Newcastle Falcons v Gloucester Rugby (19:45)
December 2, 2011 - Bath Rugby v Sale Sharks (15:00)
December 3, 2011 - Exeter Chiefs v Worcester Warriors (15:00)
December 3, 2011 - Leicester Tigers v Northampton Saints (15:00)
December 4, 2011 - London Wasps v Harlequins (15:00)
December 4, 2011 - Saracens London Irish (15:00)

Round 11:
December 26, 2011 - Sale Sharks v Newcastle Falcons (14:30)
December 27, 2011 - London Irish v Exeter Chiefs (13:30)
December 27, 2011 - Harlequins v Saracens (16:30)
TBC - Gloucester Rugby v London Wasps
TBC - Northampton Saints v Bath Rugby
TBC - Worcester Warriors v Leicester Tigers

Round 12:
December 31, 2011 - Newcastle Falcons v Northampton Saints (14:00)
December 31, 2011 - Exeter Chiefs v Harlequins (15:00)
January 1, 2012 - Saracens v Gloucester Rugby (12:30)
January 1, 2012 - Leicester Tigers v Sale Sharks (15:00)
January 1, 2012 - London Wasps v Worcester Warriors
TBC - Bath Rugby v London Irish

Round 13:
January 6, 2012 - Newcastle Falcons v Exeter Chiefs (20:00)
January 7, 2012 - Leicester Tigers v London Wasps (15:00)
January 7, 2012 - London Irish v Sale Sharks (15:00)
January 8, 2012 - Saracens v Bath Rugby (15:00)
Northampton Saints v Harlequins
Worcester Warriors v Gloucester Rugby

Round 14:
February 10, 2012 - Sale Sharks v Worcester Warriors (19:45)
February 11, 2012 - Bath Rugby v Newcastle Falcons (14:15)
February 11, 2012 - Exeter Chiefs v Leicester Tigers (15:00)
February 11, 2012 - Gloucester Rugby v Northampton Saints (15:00)
February 11, 2012 - Harlequins v London Irish (15:00)
February 12, 2012 - London Wasps v Saracens (15:00)

Round 15:
February 17, 2012 - Newcastle Falcons v London Irish (20:00)
February 18, 2012 - Bath Rugby v Gloucester Rugby (14:15)
February 18, 2012 - Harlequins v Worcester Warriors (15:00)
February 18, 2012- London Wasps v Exeter Chiefs
February 19, 2012 - Saracens v Leicester Tigers (15:00)
TBC - Northampton Saints v Sale Sharks

Round 16:
February 24, 2012 - Sale Sharks v London Wasps (19:45)
February 25, 2012 - Exeter Chiefs v Bath Rugby (15:00)
February 25, 2012 - Gloucester Rugby v Harlequins (15:00)
February 25, 2012 - Leicester Tigers v Newcastle Falcons (15:00)
February 26, 2012 - London Irish v Northampton Saints (15:00)
TBC - Worcester Warriors v Saracens

Round 17:
March 02, 2012 - Newcastle Falcons v Harlequins (20:00) .
March 03, 2012 - Bath Rugby v Worcester Warriors (14:15)
March 03, 2012 - Exeter Chiefs v Sale Sharks (15:00)
March 03, 2012 - Leicester Tigers v Gloucester Rugby (15:00)
March 03, 2012 - London Wasps v London Irish (15:00)
March 04,2012 - Saracens v Northampton Saints (15:00)

Round 18:
March 23, 2012 - Sale Sharks v Saracens (19:45)
March 24, 2012 - Harlequins v Bath Rugby (15:00)
March 25, 2012 - London Irish v Leicester Tigers (15:00)
TBC - Gloucester Rugby v Exeter Chiefs
TBC - Northampton Saints v London Wasps
TBC - Worcester Warriors v Newcastle Falcons

Round 19:
March 30, 2012 - Newcastle Falcons v Sale Sharks (20:00)
March 31, 2012 - Bath Rugby v Northampton Saints (14:15)
March 31, 2012 - Exeter Chiefs v London Irish (15:00)
March 31,2012 - Leicester Tigers v Worcester Warriors (15:00)
April 1, 2012 - London Wasps v Gloucester Rugby (15:00)
April 1, 2012 - Saracens v Harlequins (15:00)

Round 20:
April 13, 2012 - Sale Sharks v Bath Rugby (19:45)
April 14, 2012 - Gloucester Rugby v Newcastle Falcons (15:00)
April 14, 2012 - Harlequins v London Wasps (15:00)
April 15, 2012- London Irish v Saracens (15:00)
TBC - Northampton Saints v Leicester Tigers
TBC - Worcester Warriors v Exeter Chiefs

Round 21:
April 20, 2012 - Newcastle Falcons v Saracens (20:00)
April 21, 2012 - Bath Rugby v London Wasps (14:15)
April 21, 2012 - Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints (15:00)
April 21, 2012 - Gloucester Rugby v Sale Sharks (15:00)
April 21, 2012 - Harlequins v Leicester Tigers (15:00)
TBC - Worcester Warriors v London Irish

Round 22:
May 05, 2012 - Leicester Tigers v Bath Rugby (15:00)
May 05, 2012 - London Irish v Gloucester Rugby (15:00)
May 05, 2012 - London Wasps v Newcastle Falcons (15:00)
May 05, 2012 - Northampton Saints v Worcester Warriors (15:00)
May 05, 2012 - Sale Sharks v Harlequins (15:00)
May 05, 2012 - Saracens v Exeter Chiefs (15:00)

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