Fixtures - Top Bar

Aviva Premiership Rugby Live on TV this weekend

Aviva Premiership Rugby is back with three games live on BT Sport over the festive weekend.

The action starts on Boxing Day from 2pm on BT Sport 1 with London Irish v Northampton Saints.

After home wins over Agen and Edinburgh in the European Rugby Challenge Cup, London Irish will be hoping to register their first league points of the season on their return to Aviva Premiership Rugby this weekend.

Northampton Saints have won their last two Aviva Premiership Rugby encounters, at home to Gloucester Rugby and away at Bath Rugby, but have scored just one try in their last four matches in all competitions when Luther Burrell crossed the whitewash against Bath on 5 December.

A Sunday double header on BT Sport 1 from 1.30pm sees Wasps v Saracens in action first up.

Wasps have only lost twice in their last seven matches in all tournaments, both at home earlier this month to Exeter Chiefs in Aviva Premiership Rugby and Bath Rugby in the European Rugby Champions Cup. Wasps have never lost three in a row since moving to their new home venue at the Ricoh Arena.

Saracens unbeaten start to the season has continued with resounding back-to-back victories over Oyonnax in the European Rugby Champions Cup over the last two weekends. The last side to beat Saracens was Exeter Chiefs at Allianz Park in Aviva Premiership Rugby last May.

The second game on Sunday sees Harlequins host Gloucester Rugby at Twickenham Stadium for Big Game 8.  The game kicks off at 4.30pm on BT Sport 1 and also live on BT Sport's Showcase channel so is available on Freeview on channel 59. UK viewers can also watch the game online at www.btsport.com, Sky and Virgin Media.

Harlequins’ Big Game record is won three, drawn one, lost three. Quins have lost just one of their last eight fixtures in all competitions: 25-26 at Exeter Chiefs in round 5 of Aviva Premiership Rugby.

Gloucester have lost only one of their last six encounters in all competitions: 3-15 at Northampton Saints in Aviva Premiership Rugby on 27 November.

The two sides have met twice before at Twickenham Stadium in major competitions, with Gloucester winning 12-6 in the semi-final of the John Player Cup in April 1978 and a 9-all draw in a Courage League Division 1 encounter in November 1987.

Live

Saturday

London Irish v Northampton Saints, programme starts at 2pm, kick-off 2.30pm, BT Sport 1

Sunday

Programme starts at 1.30pm, BT Sport 1:
Wasps v Saracens, kick-off 2pm
Harlequins v Gloucester Rugby, kick-off 4.30pm. (Also available on BT Sport Showcase, channel 59 on Freeview.)

Highlights

Sunday

9pm, ITV4
11.15pm, ITV

Tuesday

12.05am, ITV4

Rugby Tonight Extra – Thursday 7.30pm, BT Sport 1
Rugby Tonight – Monday 8.30pm, BT Sport 1
 

Latest News

Whiteley hoping to lead Saracens starlets to glory in Singha 7s

Saracens scrum-half Tom Whiteley is hoping to use all his experience of competing at the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s to…

Topsy Ojo talks London Double Header memories

With six weeks to go until London Irish lock horns with Harlequins in the iconic London Double Header at Twickenham,…

Topsy Ojo

Toby Flood hopes to bring ruthless streak to Newcastle Falcons

Toby Flood is hoping to help give Newcastle Falcons the ruthless streak required to push them further up the Aviva…

Toby Flood

Aviva Premiership Rugby set for changes after six law amendments added to global trial

Aviva Premiership Rugby will be part of the global trial for six new law amendments after the World Rugby Executive…

Alex Lewington hopes London Irish youngsters will gain confidence from Singha 7s

London Irish wing Alex Lewington cannot wait to see which youngsters step up to the plate in the Singha Premiership…

Alex Lewington

Worcester Warriors sign Ireland scrum-half Peter Stringer

Warriors have signed Ireland international Peter Stringer on a six-month deal ahead of the 2017/18 season. The scrum-half will join…

Peter Stringer

Tim Streather forced to retire from rugby

Former Saracens centre Tim Streather has been forced to retire from the game due to a knee injury. Commenting on…

Tim Streather

Contract and captaincy for Dylan Hartley at Northampton Saints

Northampton Saints has today announced that Dylan Hartley has both signed a new contract and been appointed as the club’s…

Dylan Hartley

Forwards Coach George Skivington says London Irish squad are chomping at the bit

The London Irish squad have returned for pre-season training ‘hungrier’ than ever before according to Forwards Coach George Skivington. Now…

George Skivington

Wasps Academy sign Gabriel Oghre and George Thornton

Wasps announce the signing of hooker Gabriel Oghre and prop George Thornton to the Senior Academy ahead of the new…

Gabriel Oghre and George Thornton

Singha 7s gives next generation the chance to shine

Harlequins academy coach Jim Evans believes that next week’s Singha Premiership Rugby 7s will give the league’s stars of the…

Harlequins in action at the Singha 7s

Singha Premiership Rugby 7s draw confirmed

The 2017-18 Premiership Rugby season will kick off – at the end of July - in spectacular style with the Singha…

Win an Executive Box for the Singha Premiership Rugby Sevens Series

Premiership Rugby has teamed up with Northampton Saints to offer supporters the chance to win themselves an Executive Box at…

Singha 7s Ball

Dave Attwood and team-mates happy to lend a hand at Bath Rugby Foundation’s Summer Scrum

Bath Rugby lock Dave Attwood admitted helping teach rugby to children with disabilities was extremely humbling as he and his…

Gordon Reid on his first training day with London Irish

New recruit Gordon Reid is determined to be a permanent fixture in London Irish’s front row having made the switch…

Gordon Reid

Singha 7s is a chance for players to shine, says Stephen Myler

Northampton Saints’ Stephen Myler is anticipating a vibrant atmosphere and high-octane rugby when the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s arrives at…

Stephen Myler

Mark Wilson bringing his England form back to Newcastle Falcons

Newcastle Falcons’ latest England international checked back in at his club on Monday, with Mark Wilson enthusiastic about their prospects…

Mark Wilson

Worcester Warrior Chris Pennell pays tribute to community heroes

Chris Pennell paid tribute to Worcester Warriors’ grassroots spirit as he got his hands on his Aviva Community Player of…

Sale Sharks volunteer sees hard work rewarded at Premiership Rugby Parliamentary Community Awards

Sale Sharks’ Paula Bradbury couldn’t hide her delight as she was crowned Community Volunteer of the Year at the Premiership…