Premiership Rugby is back
By Mark Stevens
Gallagher Premiership Rugby is finally back this weekend and supporters will be able to watch every minute of all six games live on BT Sport from the comfort of their own home.
In a landmark arrangement, BT Sport will show every game which is played behind closed doors live as part of the much-anticipated resumption of the 2019-20 season.
And the action gets under way on Friday night when Harlequins and Sale Sharks kick off Round 14 with an eye-catching contest at The Stoop, with the game live on BT Sport 2 from 7pm.
With both sides in contention for the top four, there is little room for error as second-place Sharks look to close the gap on league leaders Exeter Chiefs at the top of the table.
Saturday will then see four more games take place, starting with Gloucester Rugby’s visit to Sixways to face Worcester Warriors – live on BT Sport Extra 1 from 12.25pm.
That will be swiftly followed by the return of Rob Baxter’s Chiefs, who welcome Leicester Tigers to Sandy Park in a showdown that will be live on BT Sport 1/Ultimate and Channel 5.
Coverage will begin from 1.30pm on BT Sport and 1.45pm on Channel 5, building up to kick off at 2pm, as Exeter resume their bid for a fifth consecutive appearance in the final.
The action will continue to come thick and fast on Saturday, with Bath Rugby’s clash with London Irish at The Rec next up on BT Sport Extra 1 – coverage starts at 2.55pm for a 3pm kick off.
Saturday’s finale will then see Bristol Bears lock horns with reigning champions Saracens at Ashton Gate as Pat Lam’s men attempt to maintain their place in the top four.
The must-watch encounter will be live on BT Sport 1/Ultimate from 4.15pm, with a 4.30pm kick off, bringing the day’s action to a fitting close with two teams packed with attacking talent.
Last but not least will be Northampton Saints’ meeting with Wasps on Sunday at Franklin’s Gardens, where all the thrills and spills will be shown live on BT Sport 1/Ultimate.
With Saints in fourth and Wasps in fifth, separated by only two points, neither side will want to lose ground to the other as the fight for the end-of-season semi-finals heats up again.
Immediately after the last of the weekend's fixtures, BT Sport 1/Ultimate will air Gallagher Premiership Rugby Tonight with Martin Bayfield, joined by Ben Kay and Austin Healey at 5:15pm.
And should you miss any of the action across the weekend, Channel 5 will have you covered with their highlights show of all the best bits on Monday from 7pm.
Friday 14 August
Harlequins v Sale Sharks, programme starts at 7pm, kick off at 7.45pm on BT Sport 2
Saturday 15 August
Worcester Warriors v Gloucester Rugby, programme starts at 12.25pm, kick off at 12.30pm on BT Sport Extra 1/App
Exeter Chiefs v Leicester Tigers, programme starts at 1.30pm, kick off at 2pm on BT Sport 1/Ultimate/Channel 5
Bath Rugby v London Irish, programme starts at 2.55pm, kick off at 3pm on BT Sport Extra 1/App
Bristol Bears v Saracens, programme starts at 4.15pm, kick off at 4.30pm on BT Sport 1/Ultimate
Sunday 16 August
Northampton Saints v Wasps, programme starts at 2.30pm, kick off at 3pm on BT Sport 1/Ultimate
Gallagher Premiership Rugby Tonight from 5:15pm on BT Sport 1/Ultimate
Monday 17 August
Channel 5 highlights from 7pm