BRISTOL BEARS buzzing ahead of opening test at Wasps

Bristol Bears light logoSiale Piutau will skipper Bristol in today's Premiership Rugby opener as Pat Lam's Bears go in search of a first at the Ricoh Arena in the competition (1300ko).

Wasps have won their last 10 Premiership Rugby fixtures against Bristol and are unbeaten in their last 14 such encounters since the Bears’ 26-21 victory at Memorial Stadium in September 2006.


BATH RUGBY Matavesi faces former side in opener

bath rugbyLock Josh McNally will skipper Bath Rugby as they kick off the new Premiership season against newly promoted Newcastle Falcons at the Recreation Ground in today’s early kick off (1230).

Mike Williams, Miles Reid and Zach Mercer come together in a new-look back row.


GLOUCESTER RUGBY Hooker Hanson back from injury

Gloucester RugbyHooker James Hanson returns from injury as Gloucester Rugby kick off the 2020-21 Premiership season at Leicester Tigers today (1500ko).

Jamie Gibson is set to make his Cherry and Whites debut off the bench having joined the club from Northampton Saints earlier this month.


ENGLAND RUGBY Starting XV today

england rugby1England host Ireland at Twickenham Stadium today (1500ko) seeking to build on their winning start to the Autumn Nations Cup and beating Georgia 40-0 in their opener.

England will then play their final group game in Llanelli, against hosts Wales, at Parc y Scarlets on Saturday 28 November (1600).


EXETER CHIEFS kick off Premiership defence tonight

exeter ChiefslogoRob Baxter is acutely aware his defending Premiership and European Cup-winning Exeter Chiefs side have a huge target on their backs this season.

It’s a challenge the Devonians are relishing says Exeter's chief ahead of tonight’s 2020-21 domestic league opener at Harlequins (1945ko).


GLOUCESTER RUGBY Cipriani returns to face leaders

Gloucester RugbyGloucester Rugby return to Gallagher Premiership action tonight when they tackle table-topping Exeter Chiefs at Kingsholm (1945ko).

The Cherry and Whites are able to call upon their recent Six Nations representatives, with the exception of Willi Heinz and Ollie Thorley, although Owen Williams is ruled out with a hamstring injury picked up while away with Wales.


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