Aviva Premiership Rugby is back with a bang this weekend, and while the London Double Header may take centre stage on Saturday, there is mouth-watering action hitting the BT Sport and ITV Sport airwaves all weekend.
Coverage begins on Friday evening at 7pm on BT Sport 1, as Leicester Tigers travel to Kingsholm to take on Gloucester Rugby, looking to make it a fifth consecutive opening-weekend Aviva Premiership Rugby win.
David Humphreys’ side have won only one of their last seven fixtures with Leicester – 33-16 in October 2014 – but with five of the last six meetings between the sides decided by a one-score margin or less, expect to see fireworks once again at Kingsholm.
Saturday’s action from the home of rugby, Twickenham, will be covered in full on BT Sport 1 once again, as the London Double Header returns to Aviva Premiership Rugby’s opening weekend after making way for the Rugby World Cup last year.
Coverage begins at 1.30pm with defending Aviva Premiership Rugby and European Rugby champions Saracens taking on Worcester Warriors, who are involved in the London Double Header for the second time.
Warriors lost their final four games of last season, but will be hoping to recreate their heroics of their return to the Aviva Premiership a year ago when they started off their campaign with a dramatic single-point victory over Northampton Saints at Sixways.
Then at 4pm, director of rugby John Kingston leads Harlequins for the first time against newly-promoted Bristol Rugby, who return to the Aviva Premiership for the first time in seven years.
Quins boast a sterling London Double Header record, winning their last four encounters, and were involved in one of the most exciting matches of last season at Twickenham when they drew the ‘Big Game’ 39-39 against Gloucester.
Last but by no means least, a repeat of last season’s Aviva Premiership Rugby semi-final is in store on Sunday as Dai Young’s star-studded Wasps welcome Exeter Chiefs to the Ricoh Arena. Coverage starts at 2.30pm on BT Sport 1.
Wasps have not won their opening Aviva Premiership Rugby encounter since 2011, and will be looking to avenge three league defeats – including a 34-23 semi-final loss – to Rob Baxter’s men last season.
And should you miss out on the action, BT Sport and ITV will be showing highlights programmes throughout the season.
Catch every score from Friday and Saturday on BT Sport 1 at 9pm on Saturday and 12.30pm on Sunday then highlights from all of the games at 11pm on BT Sport 2. ITV’s highlights show hosted by Mark Durden-Smith and David Flatman is back and will be on air on Sunday at 9pm on ITV4, Sunday at 11.35pm on ITV, and Tuesday at 12.05am on ITV4.
Gloucester Rugby v Leicester Tigers – programme starts at 7pm, kick-off 7.45pm (BT Sport 1)
London Double Header live at Twickenham – programme starts at 1.30pm (BT Sport 1)
Saracens v Worcester Warriors, kick-off 2pm
Harlequins v Bristol Rugby, kick-off 4.30pm
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs – programme starts at 2.30pm, kick-off 3pm (BT Sport 1)
9pm on BT Sport 1 (Friday and Saturday matches)
12.30pm on BT Sport 1 (Friday and Saturday matches)
9pm on ITV4
11pm on BT Sport 2
11.35pm on ITV
12.05am on ITV4