Regional rugby rivalries kick-off in just under two months’ time, with the Bristol Bears to host Bath Rugby in the opening fixture of the Gallagher Premiership Rugby 2022-23 campaign.

Bristol Bears, who will be hoping for a positive start to the season after finding themselves near the foot of table at the end of the last one, will open the new season of Gallagher Premiership Rugby on Friday 9 September in front of the live cameras at 7.45pm. The competition curtain-raiser at Ashton Gate will be one of three live games on BT Sport on the opening weekend as the new season kicks off.

Champions Leicester Tigers will start the defence of their title on the road as they travel south to the Exeter Chiefs on Saturday 10 September. Fans across the North will have plenty to cheer about with both Sale Sharks and Newcastle Falcons hosting fixtures on the opening weekend, whilst London Irish and Gloucester Rugby also start the season at home.

This year is the fifth season with Gallagher as title partner, which through the partnership aims to support and celebrate rugby heroes across the country from grassroots to international level, and to help protect the players, the clubs and the communities involved in the game by providing specialist insurance broking and risk management services.

View all the fixtures in the Gallagher Premiership Rugby season 2022-23


Simon Matson, CEO of Gallagher’s broking and underwriting businesses in Europe, Middle East & Asia, said: “The reveal of the first fixtures for a brand new Gallagher Premiership Rugby season is always a big day for rugby fans. We are proud to be stepping into our fifth season as title partner of Gallagher Premiership Rugby and looking forward to continuing to support the clubs and players as their trusted risk partner, as well as championing important community initiatives at a grassroots level. Here’s to another exhilarating season of Gallagher Premiership Rugby kicking off at Aston Gate on 9 September.”