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Posted Wednesday, July 10th 2019

Gallagher Premiership fixtures: five dates for the diary

With the 2019/20 Gallagher Premiership fixtures now revealed, we take a look at five key dates for the diary that you won't want to miss.


R1: Bristol Bears vs Bath Rugby - Fri, October 18th 2019

Let's start at the start - and what a way to kick off the 2019/20 Gallagher Premiership campaign.

Alapati Leiua's late try was the difference when the sides met on the opening day of last season, as Bristol edged out their West Country rivals 17-10 in front of more than 26,000 supporters at Ashton Gate.

And in a re-run of last season's blockbuster curtain raiser, Pat Lam's men will be looking for another memorable start come round one.

Venue: Ashton Gate. Date: Friday, October 18th. KO: 7.45pm


R7: Bristol Bears vs Wasps - Fri, December 27th 2019

The hugely popular festive fixture sees Bristol welcome Dai Young's Wasps to Ashton Gate for a what promises to be a Christmas cracker. 

Last season's Christmas showdown with Newcastle Falcons saw more than 19,000 supporters pack into Ashton Gate to watch a thrilling Bristol win. 

And this time around, Pat Lam's side will be hoping to avenge a double of defeats at the hands of Wasps last season. 

Venue: Ashton Gate. Date: Friday, December 27th. KO: 7.45pm


R9: Bristol Bears vs Gloucester - Fri, January 24th 2020

One of the highlights of the 2018/19 season was Bristol's nerve-wracking triumph over Gloucester at Ashton Gate, as a late penalty try and an Ian Madigan kick sealed a dramatic win.

The Cherry and Whites visit Ashton Gate in round nine for yet another attractive derby clash.

It's another one you won't want to miss.

Venue: Ashton Gate. Date: Friday, January 24th. KO: 7.45pm

Please note: kick-off dates and times, after January 4th, are subject to change following Premiership Rugby and BT Sport broadcast selections.


R16: Bristol Bears vs Exeter Chiefs - Sat, April 11th 2020

An injury-time penalty try denied Bristol a famous victory over the high-flying Chiefs when the sides met in October 2018 - and this round 16 clash looks set to be another thriller at Ashton Gate.

Rob Baxter's side were beaten by Saracens in the Gallagher Premiership final in May, having finished top of the pile in the regular season and having beaten Bristol twice in the process.

Venue: Ashton Gate. Date: Friday, April 11th. KO: 7.45pm

Please note: kick-off dates and times, after January 4th, are subject to change following Premiership Rugby and BT Sport broadcast selections.


R21: Bristol Bears vs Leicester Tigers - Fri, May 29th 2020

The final home game of the regular season sees Bristol Bears welcome Leicester Tigers to Ashton Gate, hoping to have their eyes set firmly on a place in the top six.

Bristol did the league double over Leicester for the first time in the club's history in 2018/19, beating Geordan Murphy's men 41-10 at Ashton Gate and 23-20 at Welford Road.

A repeat performance in 2019/10 certainly wouldn't go a miss.

Venue: Ashton Gate. Date: Friday, May 29th. KO: 7.45pm

Please note: kick-off dates and times, after January 4th, are subject to change following Premiership Rugby and BT Sport broadcast selections.