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Premiership Rugby Shield opposition confirmed

Bristol Bears United can confirm their opposition for the new 2018/19 Premiership Rugby Shield competition.

Formerly known as the A-League, the Premiership Rugby Shield will consist of two conferences of six teams. Bristol Bears United are drawn in the Southern pool, alongside Bath, Exeter, Gloucester, Harlequins and Saracens.

Academy manager Mike Hall said: “This competition is a fantastic breeding ground for young players and a good opportunity for us to assess the quality of our squad.

“As with previous seasons, we will be using the Shield to give our young players vital experience, as well as providing playing time for guys returning from injury and on the fringes of first team selection.”

"This competition is a fantastic breeding ground for young players."

Academy manager Mike Hall

Opposition and weekends, with date, venue and kick-off times to be confirmed:

R1: Bath (h) - w/c Sept 3rd 2018

R2: Harlequins (a) - w/c Sept 10th 2018

R3: Saracens (h) - w/c Sept 24th 2018

R4: Exeter (a) - w/c October 4th 2018

R5: Gloucester (a) - w/c December 17th 2018

R6: Harlequins (h) - w/c December 24th 2018

R7: Saracens (a) - w/c December 31st 2018

R8: Gloucester (h) - w/c April 1st 2019

R9: Exeter (h) - w/c April 8th 2019

R10: Bath (a) - w/c April 22nd 2019

SF: w/c May 6th 2019

F: Monday, May 13th 2019