Harlequins and Exeter Chiefs have been handed the honour of kicking off the 2020/21 Premiership season, which begins on Friday, November 20.
The two sides will meet at the Twickenham Stoop in front of the live BT Sport cameras, the first game of a campaign that will end with the Premiership Final on Saturday, June 26.
The match at the Stoop is one of two on the first Friday night of the season as Steve Diamond’s Sale Sharks will also take centre stage on the opening night, entertaining Northampton Saints at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Both Harlequins and Northampton Saints will pass significant milestones in this season, with both set to play their 500th Premiership matches, joining a select band of six other clubs who have already reached the mark.
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Newly-promoted Newcastle Falcons are welcomed back to the Premiership with a trip to the Recreation Ground on Saturday, November 21, kicking off the day at 12.30pm.
The Falcons clash is followed by Leicester Tigers v Gloucester and London Irish making the trip to Worcester Warriors.
The first round of Premiership Rugby culminates at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday, November 22 where the live BT Sport cameras will screen their match against Pat Lam’s Bristol Bears.
London Irish will celebrate an historic day for the club in Round 2 when they will host their first match at the new Brentford Community Stadium, when they entertain Leicester Tigers live on BT Sport on Sunday, November 29. The Brentford Community Stadium will become the 39th different venue to stage a Premiership match.
The Exiles’ home opener brings the curtain down on Round 2, the first match being on Friday, November 27 as Sale Sharks make their only trip north of the season, taking on Newcastle Falcons at Kingston Park.
There’s four matches on Saturday, November 28, Northampton Saints hosting Harlequins, Bristol Bears entertaining Worcester Warriors, Exeter Chiefs taking on Bath and Wasps making the journey to Kingsholm to face Gloucester.
The Premiership Rugby Cup will be staged as a midweek competition in the 2020/21 season, starting after the Six Nations.
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