Opening day is Derby Day!

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  1. Teh Mite

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    Alongside the annual Twickenham double headder at, this years opening qweekend sees the fabled East Midlands Derby, Sale vs Newcastle and New boys Exeter take on West country rivals, Gloucester!

    http://www.planetrugby.com/story/0,25883,3551_6237826,00.html

    Leicester will launch the defence of their Guinness Premiership title when they travel to Northampton on September 4.
    The fiercely-contested midlands derby at Franklin's Gardens, the setting for Saints' agonising 21-19 semi-final defeat by Saracens in May, is the standout fixture of the opening weekend.
    Premiership newcomers Exeter, who replace relegated Worcester, open their first campaign by hosting Gloucester before facing Leicester at Welford Road a week later.
    The four London clubs are involved in the traditional double header, which is being staged for the seventh year.
    Saracens, who caused a stir on and off the pitch during their impressive march to last season's Premiership final, are the 'away' team against London Irish.
    Wasps, champions in 2008, face Harlequins, who hope to have banished the 'Bloodgate' hangover that affected their performance last season.
    Bath travel to Leeds, who performed wonders to escape relegation last season, while Sale Sharks host Newcastle in the fifth derby of the opening weekend.
    The Premiership produced another record-breaking season last term, with attendances averaging 13,101 per match.
    It is hoped the opening round will generate a combined attendance of over 100,000 for a third time, repeating the successes of the 2006/7 and 2009/10 seasons.
    The Christmas matches last season produced the highest ever single round attendances, with 152,940 attending including the 76,716 at Harlequins' Big Game 2 against Wasps.
    Each team is guaranteed a home match on either Boxing Day or New Year's Day.


    Full fixture list can be found here;
    http://www.guinnesspremiership.com/rugby/index.php
     
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    Should be a good few opening matches,
    Saints/Tigers will definately be a goodun,
    Hopefully a win for Sale right off the bat, will be interesting to see if Rob Miller plays, i remember when Tait first moved to Sale, his first start was aganst Newcastle (who his brother was having his first start for)
     
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    When do Sky and ESPN say what they're showing?
     
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    Saracens and London Irish at the start of the season............ AGAIN! I support the Sarries, so hopefully we'll repeat last time
     
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