Premiership Rugby can today confirm the fixtures for the first six rounds of the Aviva Premiership Rugby season, including 18 matches live on BT Sport.
With the competition starting six weeks later than normal – due to the Rugby World Cup – Premiership Rugby and BT Sport have taken the unprecedented step of confirming the fixtures a full 13 weeks ahead of the first match on 16 October.
This decision has been made to allow supporters and the 12 Aviva Premiership Rugby clubs time to plan for what is expected to be a compelling new season.
The television selections have presented newly-promoted Worcester Warriors with a compelling start, in front of the BT Sport cameras, against the champions of 2014, Northampton Saints on Friday 16 October. The opener is followed less than 24 hours later when last season's runners-up Bath Rugby entertain the side that finished fifth, Exeter Chiefs.
"We are all very excited about our return to the Aviva Premiership and to open the season at home in front of the BT Sport cameras against a side of the calibre of Northampton Saints is what winning promotion back to this league is all about," said Worcester's chief executive Jim O'Toole.
The tenth anniversary London Double Header will take place at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday 28 November, with both matches live on BT Sport, Saracens taking on Worcester Warriors at 3.15pm, followed by London Irish hosting Wasps at 5.30pm.
On the weekends of the Rugby World Cup semi-finals and Final, BT Sport will show two live matches, the first on Friday 23 October sees the champions, Saracens travel to Kingsholm and two days later the Leicester Tigers make their 2015-16 live TV debut at home to Conor O'Shea's Harlequins.
The day after the Rugby World Cup Final BT Sport will show an intriguing double-header with Exeter Chiefs heading to Newcastle Falcons followed by Leicester Tigers hosting Wasps in a Midlands derby.
Once the Rugby World Cup is over BT Sport will deliver three televised blockbusters showing four live matches in both rounds four, five and six.
"This season we have given supporters more notice than ever before of the televised fixtures to ensure they can plan ahead. This was an important issue for us and we thank BT Sport for their co-operation to achieve this objective," said Premiership Rugby's Commercial Director Dominic Hayes.
"This season is the start of a new six-year deal with BT Sport to broadcast Aviva Premiership Rugby live and after seeing the audience grow by 50% over the previous two campaigns we are delighted to be kicking off the new era in style."
Simon Green, head of BT Sport said: "2015 is an exciting year for rugby union and we're looking forward to our third season of broadcasting the Aviva Premiership and continuing to grow audiences on BT Sport."
For a full list of fixtures see premiershiprugby.com/matchcentre
The 18 live matches on BT Sport are:
Friday 16 October (7.45pm) – Worcester Warriors v Northampton Saints at Sixways
Saturday 17 October (2pm) – Bath Rugby v Exeter Chiefs at The Recreation Ground
Friday 23 October (7.45pm) – Gloucester Rugby v Saracens at Kingsholm Stadium
Sunday 25 October (2pm) – Leicester Tigers v Harlequins at Welford Road
Sunday 1 November (1pm) – Newcastle Falcons v Exeter Chiefs at Kingston Park
Sunday 1 November (3.15pm) – Leicester Tigers v Wasps at Welford Road
Friday 6 November (7.45pm) – Harlequins v Sale Sharks at Twickenham Stoop
Saturday 7 November (3.15pm) – Northampton Saints v Saracens at Franklin's Gardens
Saturday 7 November (5.30pm) – Exeter Chiefs v Leicester Tigers at Sandy Park
Sunday 8 November (3pm) – Wasps v Gloucester Rugby at Ricoh Arena
Friday 27 November (7.45pm) – Northampton Saints v Gloucester Rugby at Franklin's Gardens
Saturday 28 November (3.15pm) – Saracens v Worcester Warriors at Twickenham Stadium
Saturday 28 November (5.30pm) – London Irish v Wasps at Twickenham Stadium
Sunday 29 November (3pm) – Leicester Tigers v Bath Rugby at Welford Road
Friday 4 December (7.45pm) – Gloucester Rugby v Sale Sharks at Kingsholm Stadium
Saturday 5 December (3.15pm) – Bath Rugby v Northampton Saints at The Recreation Ground
Saturday 5 December (5.30pm) – Wasps v Exeter Chiefs at Ricoh Arena
Sunday 6 December (3pm) – Newcastle Falcons v Saracens at Kingston Park
In a non-televised change to the schedule Sale Sharks v Worcester Warriors will take place on Friday 23 October kicking off at 8pm.