Bath Rugby's Aviva Premiership fixtures for 2015/16 have today been announced, and with West Country Challenge Cup matches already in the diary the new season is set to provide plenty of excitement in the Club's 150th anniversary year.
The inaugural West Country Challenge Cup campaign, contested between Bath, Exeter Chiefs and Gloucester, is a true battle for the West. It begins with a trip to the Memorial Ground to face the Cherry and Whites on Saturday 12th September, and ends with a visit from Exeter Chiefs to the Recreation Ground on Saturday 10th October.
The Aviva Premiership kicks off a week later, with the Club's opening and closing matches of the regular Premiership season both taking place at the Rec against our great rivals Exeter (Saturday 17th October) and Leicester Tigers (Saturday 7th May). A Boxing Day clash will take place on Saturday 26th December against the newly-promoted Worcester Warriors, who return to the Rec for the first time since April 2014.
Due to the way Premiership fixtures have been structured, our Big Match at Twickenham will unfortunately no longer take place this season. It was due to be played against Saracens in Round 19, but with the London side hosting their own Big Match a fortnight later in Wembley, the decision has been taken to postpone the fixture until a future season.
The first round of the European Rugby Champions Cup will begin in mid-November (date tbc). Bath have been drawn in Pool 5, regarded as one of the most competitive pools the competition has seen in its 20-year existence. Each team in the pool – which also features Leinster, Toulon and Wasps – are past European winners.
"We thought last season was eventful for us, but the bar has been raised for 2015/16," said Head Coach Mike Ford. "I'm especially pleased that, in our 150th year, we'll be welcoming the best teams in Europe to the Rec. It's going to be a special year for the supporters and, as a team, we have high hopes for the season ahead."
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Bath Rugby's 2015/16 Premiership Rugby fixture list*:
Saturday 17 October 2015 - 14.00 - Bath Rugby v Exeter Chiefs - The Rec
Saturday 24 October 2015 - 14.00 - Wasps v Bath Rugby - Ricoh Arena
Saturday 31 October 2015 - 14.00 - Bath Rugby v Harlequins - The Rec
Saturday 07 November 2015 - 15.00 - London Irish v Bath Rugby - Madejski Stadium
Saturday 28 November 2015 - 15.00 - Leicester Tigers v Bath Rugby - Welford Road
Saturday 05 December 2015 - 15.15 - Bath Rugby v Northampton Saints - The Rec
Saturday 26 December 2015 - 15.15 - Bath Rugby v Worcester Warriors - The Rec
Saturday 02 January 2016 - 15.00 - Newcastle Falcons v Bath Rugby - Kingston Park
Saturday 09 January 2016 - 15.15 - Bath Rugby v Sale Sharks - The Rec
Saturday 30 January 2016 - 15.00 - Saracens v Bath Rugby - Allianz Park
Saturday 06 February 2016 - 15.15 - Bath Rugby v Gloucester Rugby - The Rec
Saturday 13 February 2016 - 15.00 - Worcester Warriors v Bath Rugby - Sixways
Saturday 20 February 2016 - 15.15 - Bath Rugby v Wasps - The Rec
Saturday 27 February 2016 - 15.00 - Exeter Chiefs v Bath Rugby - Sandy Park
Saturday 05 March 2016 - 15.15 - Bath Rugby v London Irish - The Rec
Saturday 12 March 2016 - 15.00 - Harlequins v Bath Rugby - Twickenham Stoop
Saturday 19 March 2016 - 15.15 - Bath Rugby v Newcastle Falcons - The Rec
Saturday 26 March 2016 - 15.00 - Gloucester Rugby v Bath Rugby - Kingsholm
Saturday 02 April 2016 - 15.15 - Bath Rugby v Saracens - The Rec
Saturday 16 April 2016 - 14.30 - Sale Sharks v Bath Rugby - AJ Bell Stadium
Saturday 30 April 2016 - 15.00 - Northampton Saints v Bath Rugby - Franklin's Gardens
Saturday 07 May 2016 - tbc - Bath Rugby v Leicester Tigers - The Rec
Semi-finals: Friday 20 - Saturday 21 May 2016
Final: Saturday 28 May 2016
*All fixtures subject to change