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London Irish Aviva Premiership Fixtures announced

Nick Kennedy

London Irish will kick-off the 2017/18 Aviva Premiership season against Harlequins in the traditional London Double Header on Saturday 2 September (kick-off 4.30pm).

The Exiles take on rivals Quins following the conclusion of Saracens versus Northampton Saints, which will form the first part of a rugby blockbuster at the home of English rugby.

Irish’s first away trip of the season sees them taking on reigning Aviva Premiership champions Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park on Saturday 9 September.

A trip to Sale Sharks’ AJ Bell Stadium beckons for Nick Kennedy’s men a week later, before they host Northampton Saints at the Madejski Stadium on Sunday 24 September.

Irish round off the month of September away to Dean Richards’ Newcastle Falcons live on BT Sport, with Leicester Tigers the visitors to Reading the following weekend.

European Rugby Champions Cup winners Saracens welcome the Exiles to Allianz Park on Saturday 28 October. Then during the November internationals, the Exiles host Bath and Wasps, with the festive programme delivering a trip to Worcester Warriors on Saturday 23 December before the visit of Newcastle to the Madejski on Saturday 30 December.

Irish end the campaign away to Bath on Saturday 5 May.

Click here to watch Nick Kennedy’s reaction to the 2017/18 fixtures.

London Irish Director of Rugby Nick Kennedy and club record try-scorer Topsy Ojo were on hand at the BT Tower to give their reaction to the fixture announcement at the fixture launch.

“Fixture release day is always exciting,” said London Irish Director of Rugby Nick Kennedy.

“We’re delighted to be involved in the London Double Header first up, an event which gives us a great platform to kick-off the new season at Twickenham Stadium. London Irish and Harlequins have had some fantastic battles over the years, and we’re all looking forward to taking them on at the home of English rugby.

“The Aviva Premiership is going to be very competitive this season and we are relishing the challenge of going toe to toe with the other 11 Premiership clubs. To play in these huge games week in, week out is what we strived for throughout last season.

“The lads are working extremely hard ahead of what promises to be an exciting season against some of the best players in the world. We’ve added a series of new signings to the talent that we already have in place and they are settling in very well.”

Rounds 11 to 12 are subject to change and will be confirmed at the beginning of October.

London Irish 2017/18 Aviva Premiership Fixtures

Saturday 2 September 16:30 London Irish v Harlequins Twickenham Stadium

Saturday 9 September 15:00 Exeter Chiefs v London Irish Sandy Park

Friday 15 September 20:00 Sale Sharks v London Irish AJ Bell Stadium

Sunday 24 September 15:00 London Irish v Northampton Saints Madejski Stadium

Friday 29 September 19:45 Newcastle v London Irish Kingston Park

Saturday 7 October 15:00 London Irish v Leicester Tigers Madejski Stadium

Saturday 28 October 15:00 Saracens v London Irish Allianz Park

Sunday 19 November 15:00 London Irish v Bath Rugby Madejski Stadium

Sunday 26 November 15:00 London Irish v Wasps Madejski Stadium

Saturday 2 December 15:00 Gloucester Rugby v London Irish Kingsholm

22/23/24 December TBC Worcester Warriors v London Irish Sixways

29/30/31 December TBC London Irish v Newcastle Falcons Madejski Stadium

05/06/07 January TBC Leicester Tigers v London Irish Welford Road

09/10/11 February TBC London Irish v Sale Sharks Madejski Stadium

16/17/18 February TBC Northampton Saints v London Irish Franklin’s Gardens

23/24/25 February TBC London Irish v Worcester Warriors Madejski Stadium

02/03/04 March TBC Wasps v London Irish Ricoh Arena

23/24/25 March TBC London Irish v Gloucester Rugby Madejski Stadium

06/07/08 April TBC Harlequins v London Irish The Twickenham Stoop

13/14/15 April TBC London Irish v Exeter Chiefs Madejski Stadium

27/28/29 April TBC London Irish v Saracens Madejski Stadium

Saturday 5 May TBC Bath Rugby v London Irish The Rec

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