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The Premiership fixtures are out!

The Premiership Fixtures are out!

As always there are some cracking opening games. We have to wait a little longer for the league to start this season. But as it’s due to the Rugby World Cup we will let them off!

Rugby can confirm that the new Gallagher Premiership Rugby season will kick off on Friday 18 October at Ashton Gate with Bristol Bears taking on Bath Rugby, live on BT Sport.

The West Country derby is part of a compelling first round of Gallagher Premiership Rugby on the same weekend as the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals in Japan.

Gallagher Premiership Rugby – Round One

Friday 18 October

Bristol Bears v Bath Rugby (7.45pm, BT Sport)

Saturday 19 October

Exeter Chiefs v Harlequins (3pm, BT Sport)
Sale Sharks v Gloucester Rugby (3pm)
Saracens v Northampton Saints (3pm)
Worcester Warriors v Leicester Tigers (3pm)

Sunday 20 October

Wasps v London Irish (3pm, BT Sport)

For all the fixtures download the official Premiership Rugby app

Bristol Bears Director of Rugby Pat Lam said: “We couldn’t have asked for a better start than Bath Rugby. When we launched Gallagher Premiership Rugby last year – it was a huge, full house at Ashton Gate with both sets of supporters, the weather was good, we played good rugby and obviously got the win – it was a magical night.

“To be asked to do it again – you’ve got supporters from both sets who were there, there are people who missed out and heard about it, so there’s no doubt they’ll want to be there. There’s a good rivalry, all we’ve got to do is play our part in it and make sure we’re at our best.”

Premiership Rugby will break new ground in the 2018-19 season by staging the first rugby match at the new £1 billion Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, which will also host the Heineken Cup Champions Cup Final in 2021.

The release of the Gallagher Premiership Rugby fixtures today confirms that the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Champions, Saracens, will play Harlequins on Saturday 28 March at the 62,000-seater state of the art stadium in north London, live on BT Sport.

“I look forward to all the big games – I love them!” said Saracens coach Alex Sanderson. “There’s no better place to play Harlequins than the big stadiums. I’m really looking forward to going down there. The boys have been there, and they’ve said it’s worth every penny of the billion pounds it cost.”

The clash with Harlequins is one of the red-letter dates in the Gallagher Premiership Rugby calendar and has been staged at Wembley Stadium and the London Stadium before moving into its exciting new home.

Sanderson added: “When we started using the bigger stadiums people said we wouldn’t get any crowds, then we started getting 60,000, 80,000, and these younger lads that are coming through – they won’t get that kind of experience – for some of them it’ll be the biggest game they’ll play ever.

“It’s a great experience before you start getting to semi-finals and finals. It’s good preparation for the whole team, but certainly for the young lads to get that exposure on the big stage which is slightly out of their comfort zone and where they have to focus on their game. “

Saracens start the defence of their title with a repeat of the 2014 Final at home to Northampton Saints.

Sanderson added: “There are two big fixtures to start us off given how well Northampton Saints are doing and the comeback that Leicester Tigers are going to make. We’re pretty big targets for both teams.

“The opener is going to be a tough game. They’ve [Saints] made massive strides with Chris Boyd – he’s a good coach. He’s put real confidence into some of his younger players as well – particularly in the backline. If you look at the stats, they’re probably the best attacking team in terms of yardage.

“They’re able to score long-distance tries with some of the attacking prowess of a team almost in the Hurricanes making, it’s that kind of style that means they’re able to score from anywhere. And that’s just off the back of one season – the longer you work together the better you fit together, and I can only imagine that that’s going to be up a level again with another pre-season. For a defence coach, that’s worrying – how you’re going to be able to contain them.”

Promoted side London Irish start their campaign on Sunday 20 October at the Ricoh Arena, against Wasps, with their first home match against Sale Sharks on 26 October, their last season at Madejski Stadium before the move to Brentford.

“I think there’s excitement on many levels. It’s our last season at Madejski Stadium so we need to make sure we do that justice for the supporters but then if we get it right we’re moving to Brentford and there’s a massive opportunity there,” said London Irish head coach Les Kiss.

“First and foremost, we want to survive because we want to be a club that’s sustainable at the next level.

“Wasps is a pretty tough place to go. They’ve got some changes in their team, they’ve lost a few but you look at what they’ve signed, it’ll be a tough gig for sure. It’s a handy enough start for us to see where we are.”

“Sale really have strengthened. They’re a team that’s probably going to see a huge rise in their fortunes this year. They were close to it last season and the way they’ve strengthened with the du Preez brothers and they’ve obviously got the Curry boys too.

“A few of them will be missing early in the season when we play them but they’re a team on the rise. To get them at first, hopefully that falls in our favour.”

To help supporters plan ahead Premiership Rugby has been able to work with BT Sport to ensure all Gallagher Premiership Rugby fixtures up to and including 5 January can be confirmed today, six months in advance.

A Premiership Rugby spokesperson said: “It’s not easy to deliver, but we make a commitment to our fans to announce fixtures as early as possible as we know they need time to plan. Without BT Sport’s co-operation it would not be possible.”

The top flight season kicks off in England on Friday 13 September with the Premiership Rugby 7s – contested by all 12 Gallagher Premiership Rugby – sides with the first match in the Premiership Rugby Cup taking place on Friday 20 September, also live on BT Sport.

·         The Premiership Rugby 7s fixtures will be announced at noon on Monday 15 July

·         The Premiership Rugby Cup fixtures will be announced at noon on Wednesday 17 July

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Wales RWC 2019 kit launch!

The new Wales kit, from Under Armour, to be worn by both the senior men’s and women’s international sides until the end of 2020, has been revealed by the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU).
Rugby World Cup (RWC) jerseys, featuring the tournament logo, are available to pre-order now from store.wru.co.uk in both authentic and replica versions and ‘home’ (traditional red) and ‘alternate’ (forest green) colours.

Supporters will be able access pre-orders and see jerseys in shops from 20th July and will also be able to buy the traditional jersey branded with shirt sponsor Isuzu, worn at all matches outside of RWC, from this time, alongside a full range of related technical training clothing and leisurewear.

The bespoke kit incorporates a new quartered design, representing the four corners of Wales uniting together as one and inspired by the medieval coat of arms of Llywelyn the Great, the plating effect found on a suit of armour and the line ‘…my strength and shield’ from the hymn ‘Bread of Heaven’.

These quarters are partitioned by a chevron shape which has been depicted at angles of 18.81 degrees**, a nod to the game’s heritage in Wales – with 1881 being the year the WRU was first formed – and producing a striking design element which runs through both the kit range and the look and feel of all associated WRU imagery.
The traditional red home jersey is paired with white shorts with red trim and red socks, whilst the unique ‘alternate’ kit sees Wales dress in a green inspired by the third colour of the national flag, matched with white shorts with green trim and green socks – the first time Wales will have worn all green since the 1995 RWC.

A further highly visible feature is the new ‘stitch-integrated’ WRU three-feathers badge, which appears on a red asymmetrical hexagon, or shield-shaped, background on all versions of the senior men’s and women’s international kits and is repeated on the shorts.

The WRU logo will not appear in this shielded form on any other kits in the Welsh rugby pathway, ensuring that it becomes an aspirational emblem for players as they pass through the system symbolising the highest honour achievable in the national game.

Wales will wear their new uniform against England at Twickenham on 11th August and for the first time at home in the return fixture a week later at Principality Stadium to open the Under Armour Summer Series.  Home and away clashes with Ireland, in Cardiff on Saturday 31st and in Dublin on 7th September follow before Wales board the plane for Japan and begin their 2019 RWC campaign.

“Under Armour, as our official technical partner, have collaborated with our senior international players during a rigorous design and testing process and produced an impressively technically proficient set of kits befitting of the Wales jersey’s status as a national symbol,” said a WRU spokesperson.
“The players will be the pride of Wales when they leave for Japan and we are delighted to be able to reveal the kit that will ensure they ‘look the part’ as they represent the nation on a global stage at the Rugby World Cup.
“We know they will be taken into the hearts of their hosts as well as many neutral observers alongside the ardent travelling Welsh fans and the millions watching on screens around the world.
“Together with a design steeped in history and symbolism, Under Armour have once again also produced an impressive raft of innovative, custom-made features to meet the performance needs of both our elite men’s and women’s squads and we are grateful to them for providing a uniform fit for battle for the campaigns ahead.”

Technical performance features of the kit include:

•             Airvent ArmourGrid is highly breathable, lightweight and a durable woven fabric which allows sweat to be wicked away during the game
•             The quick drying grid technology and mesh ventilation on the authentic jersey is strategically placed to aid heat management in the hot and humid conditions of Japan
•             Airvent ArmourGrid material features on the front, back and shoulders of the new jersey, as well as on the shorts
•             The mesh ventilation technology features hundreds of tiny holes to allow players to lose any unnecessary heat without sacrificing any fabric strength
•             The fit is designed to cater for the rigours of the modern game with grab and grip zones reduced and excess fabric removed from the player’s shorts making for a slimmer fit
•             Both kits feature a modern interpretation of the white collars featured on classic Wales kits

The new kits can be pre-ordered on Saturday 6th July and they will also be available to buy online via  store.wru.co.uk and in store at the WRU Store on Westgate Street on Saturday 20th July.

Prices start at £50 youth and £70 adult for standard replica home jerseys – £55 and £75 for the RWC logo’d version – with authentic shirts (identical to those played in) priced in all styles starting at £90.

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England RWC 2019 Kit launch!

Rugby specialist and kit provider Canterbury has today revealed the limited edition 2019 Rugby World Cup kit, which the England Rugby team will wear in Japan this autumn.

The kit was unveiled at a special event for fans and grassroots players at The Canterbury Clubhouse, a pop-up store on Baker Street, which will remain open across the weekend to allow fans to be one of the first to get their hands on the jersey.

A mixture of male and female grassroots players from Beccehamian RFC in Kent were chosen to be a part of the launch by Canterbury as reward for their contribution to the development of rugby in their community. As a club, they have teams for boys and girls across a variety of age ranges, as well as senior teams.

Canterbury has also revealed a sponsored home and alternative shirt, which will be worn by England men and women this season.
The kit has gone through extensive testing – the equivalent of 205 games – over a nine-month period to ensure it is as comfortable as possible while being durable to handle the rigours of international rugby.

New developments in the jersey include VapoDri+ technology, meaning the jersey will wick away moisture and dry quickly.
The kits will be available in men’s, women’s, junior and infant versions, with a variety of fits to ensure the shirt is comfortable for all.

Commenting on the launch, Simon Rowe, Head of Sports Marketing at Canterbury of New Zealand, said: “Adapting to the conditions in Japan is going to be key for the England team. It can be humid and wet at the start of the tournament and then warm and dry by its conclusion, so we have focused on ensuring our kit can help the players to perform in all conditions.
“We’ve worked really closely with both grass roots and elite level players in an effort to produce the best kit possible and we are confident that this means we have a kit that allows players to perform to their peak while remaining comfortable and confident in the jersey. We are really excited to see the players take to the field wearing the result of all this hard work.”

Eddie Jones, England Rugby Head Coach said, “It’s great to have the grassroots players from the community game at the forefront of our kit launch. It is important to have a kit that can help when conditions change and importantly comfortable for the players when out on the pitch. Our guys take pride in pulling on the iconic white jersey and we look forward to continuing the tradition in Japan.”

The new kits are available to buy online, from The Canterbury Clubhouse and from the Twickenham store from 9am on Friday 5th July 2019. Online customers should visit www.canterbury.com and www.englandrugbystore.com

The Canterbury Clubhouse will be open at 55 Baker Street, London, from 10am-7pm on 5th & 6th July, and 11am-5pm on 7th July. There will be a range of in-store giveaways, including Six Nations tickets, signed jerseys and much more. Follow Canterbury on Twitter and Instagram for more details and to keep up with the action.
Canterbury is the official apparel supplier of the 2019 Rugby World Cup and will supply kit and uniform to officials and volunteers.

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