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Aviva Premiership Rugby clubs live on TV in Europe this weekend

A local derby to savour kicks off a mouth-watering weekend of European matches live on TV.

Gloucester Rugby make short trip to Sixways for the opening match in the European Rugby Challenge Cup tonight (Thursday) live on Sky Sports, kick off 7.45pm.

Reigning Challenge Cup champions Gloucester Rugby will be seeking a 12th straight win in the tournament when they travel to Sixways looking to put themselves one step closer to the quarter-finals.

Opening round victories over Zebre (23-10) and La Rochelle (33-20) have already put the Cherry & Whites four points clear of their nearest rivals and seemingly given them control of Pool 4. Another win in the all-Premiership clash would a massive step toward their title defence.

The intense start to the European weekend continues on Saturday when Northampton Saints travel to Paris to take on Dan Carter’s Racing 92 in a 3.15pm kick off on BT Sport, the first of a stunning live TV triple bill.

Northampton travel over the Channel with confidence after  having won their last four matches in all competitions while Racing 92 have won only two of their last seven matches against English opposition, though both of those wins were against Northampton Saints in the 2014-15 Pool stage.

The Saints clash is the first instalment of an enthralling Premiership Rugby triple header on Saturday as the live TV cameras switch quickly from Paris to Devon where French giants Clermont Auvergne make the journey to Sandy Park to take on Exeter Chiefs at 5.15pm, on Sky Sports.

And if that isn’t enough the final match of the day is a huge occasion with Leicester Tigers arriving in Thomond Park for a crucial Pool 4 clash, kicking off at 7.45pm on BT Sport.

The teams met in the famous 2002 final in Cardiff, as well we several titanic pool contest down the years, and the Tigers head to Ireland buoyed by a quartet of players committing their futures to the club. Manu Tuilagi, Ben Youngs, Ed Slater and Freddie Burns have put pen to paper on new deals.

After TV viewers have recovered from that epic set of matches the big games just keep on coming a day later with four English clubs live on TV on Sunday.

The English involvement kicks off in Oyonnax with Saracens the visitors live on Sky Sports at 1pm, followed at 5.15pm on BT Sport when Bath Rugby make the short journey to the Ricoh Arena to take on Wasps. The European weekend ends in Castres where Sale Sharks are live on FR4, in the Challenge Cup, kicking off at 7.45pm.

All times are UK and Ireland Times

European Rugby Champions Cup

Saturday
Racing 92 v Northampton Saints, 3.15pm, BT Sport
Exeter Chiefs v Clermont Auvergne, 5.15pm, Sky Sports
Munster Rugby v Leicester Tigers, 7.45pm, BT Sport

Sunday
Oyonnax v Saracens, 1pm, Sky Sports
Wasps v Bath Rugby, 5.15pm, BT Sport

European Rugby Challenge Cup

Thursday
Worcester Warriors v Gloucester Rugby, 7.45pm, Sky Sport

Sunday
Castres Olympique v Sale Sharks, 7.45pm, FR4

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