New boys Bristol start campaign at Twickenham after Aviva Premiership fixtures announced

The fixture list for the 2016/17 Aviva Premiership season has been announced this morning

New boys Bristol start campaign at Twickenham after Aviva Premiership fixtures announced
Saracens will be attempting to win three Premiership titles on the bounce (image via:

The fixture list for the 2016/17 Aviva Premiership rugby season has been announced, with back-to-back champions Saracens starting the defence of their title against Worcester at Twickenham

Bristol's promotion from the Championship means there are a plethora of West Country derbies sprinkled throughout the season, and they start their season in the second-half of the Twickenham double-header against Harlequins

Finalists to meet on second weekend after season kicks off at Kingsholm

The Premiership season officially gets underway on Friday 2nd September, when Gloucester play hosts to Leicester at Kingsholm live on BT Sport, with Newcastle and Sale kicking-off 15 minutes later.

Elsewhere on the opening weekend, Bath will be looking for their first win at Franklin's Gardens for over a decade when they travel to Northampton, while Wasps will renew their rivalry with Exeter at the Ricoh.

After opening their season against Worcester, last season's champions Saracens will then face an early fixture against the side they beat in last year's final. 

They must travel to Sandy Park where they will face an Exeter Chiefs side looking to exact early revenge following their 28-20 defeat in the competition's showpiece event this past May. 

New boys Bristol face Harlequins and Northampton in their return to the Premiership (image via: telegraph)

Bristol's first home fixture back in the top flight, will see England captain Dylan Hartley's Northampton travel to Ashton Gate on Sunday 11th September. 

Bath and Bristol to revive West Country rivalry in round 8

Fans will have to wait until mid-November before Bristol and Bath meet for the first time in a Premiership fixture, with Andy Robinson's men travelling to The Rec in the opening fixture of round eight live in front of the TV cameras. 

The return fixture will then take place at the home of Bristol City Football Club on Friday 24th February, while Bath have relinquished home advantage on Saturday 8th April, after deciding to take their home fixture against Leicester to Twickenham.

Favourites for title and relegation to meet in blockbuster final round

The final round of fixtures on the first Saturday of May sees Bristol host fellow relegation-favourites Newcastle, while two of the competition favourites Wasps and Saracens will meet in Coventry

The top four will then meet in the semi-finals, before Twickenham plays host to the final on May 27th, just a week before the British and Irish Lions play their first fixture against a Provincial Union XV in Whangerei, New Zealand.