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The opening match sees 2003 Zurich Champions, London Wasps in a London derby against NEC Harlequins at The Stoop. Before the New Year, Sky Sports will broadcast live action from all 12 Zurich Premiership venues.

For the first time, live Saturday games will be regularly scheduled for a 2.45pm kick-off – in line with club requests allowing latest scores and live reports from other Saturday games across the country to be featured on the live Sky game at half-time and full-time.

The live Zurich Premiership fixtures include:

  • NEC Harlequins vs London Wasps: last season's Zurich Premiership Champions open the season away against rival London club, NEC Harlequins at The Stoop on 13 September.

  • Rotherham vs NEC Harlequins: newly-promoted Rotherham's clash against Harlequins at Millmoor for their first televised home game in the Premiership on 20 September.

  • Gloucester vs Leicester Tigers: two Premiership heavyweights clash at Kingsholm on 11 October.

  • London Irish vs London Wasps: the big game to watch on 27 December – the London derby will be one of London Irish's big games of the season against the 2003 Champions.

"We're really excited about the new Zurich Premiership season on Sky Sports," said Martin Turner, Sky Sports Executive Producer, Rugby Union. "With a regular Saturday afternoon slot we'll be able to update our viewers with live reports from the other action in the Premiership during the intervals in our live match coverage and with action from last season's finalists as well as Premiership newcomers, Rotherham to look forward to in the first 2 weeks of the season, it's a thrilling line-up of matches."

Sky Sports will show up to 28 matches exclusively live from the Zurich Premiership this season in addition to The Rugby Club, Sky's weekly magazine programme that keeps you up to date with rugby union action from around the world.

Simon Lazenby will host expert analysis of the Zurich Premiership games from Dewi Morris and Michael Lynagh in the studio, with Stuart Barnes and Miles Harrison providing incisive match commentary. Graham Simmons will be pitchside gleaning interviews and reaction from players and coaches.

At international level, Sky Sports will also show live coverage of England's World Cup warm-up games against Wales in Cardiff on 23 August and France at Marseilles on 30 August and Twickenham on 6 September. Additional information to follow.

The confirmed live Zurich Premiership fixtures for 2003 are:

SEPTEMBER
Sat 13th NEC Harlequins vs London Wasps k.o. 2.45pm
Sat 20th Rotherham vs NEC Harlequins k.o. 2.45pm
Sat 27th Gloucester vs Saracens k.o. 2.45pm
OCTOBER
Sat 4th Leicester Tigers vs Sale Sharks k.o. 2.45pm
Sun 5th London Wasps vs Bath k.o. 2.00pm
Sat 11th Gloucester vs Leicester Tigers k.o. 2.45pm
Wed 15th Saracens vs Northampton Saints k.o. 7.45pm
Sun 19th Bath vs Saracens k.o. 2.00pm
Sat 25th Newcastle Falcons vs Bath k.o. 2.45pm
Fri 31st Sale Sharks vs London Irish k.o. 7.45pm
NOVEMBER
Sat 1st Northampton Saints vs Gloucester k.o. 2.45pm
Sat 8th Leeds Tykes vs Sale Sharks k.o. 2.45pm
Fri 21st London Wasps vs Gloucester k.o. 7.45pm
Sat 29th Newcastle Falcons vs London Wasps k.o. 2.45pm
DECEMBER
Sat 20th Northampton Saints vs Leicester Tigers k.o. 2.45pm
Sat 27th London Irish vs London Wasps k.o. 2.45pm

Further details on Sky Sports' live coverage of the Zurich Premiership will be announced throughout the tournament.

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