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Aviva Premiership Rugby Live on TV this weekend

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
 

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