History will repeat itself 12 months on, as London Irish travel to Worcester Warriors on the opening day of the 2021/22 Gallagher Premiership season.
Declan Kidney’s side will make the journey to Sixways Stadium – the home of the Warriors – in Round 1 on Saturday 18 September, in a carbon copy of the opening fixture from the 2020/21 season.
Irish’s first home fixture of the new campaign will see last season’s losing play-off semi-finalists Sale Sharks travel to the Brentford Community Stadium.
The fixture will be played on Sunday 26 September – with the BT Sport cameras in attendance for a 3pm kick-off in the capital.
October starts with a trip to Northampton Saints, before back-to-back home matches versus Leicester Tigers and Gloucester Rugby. Last season’s top-two come next, with an away game at Exeter Chiefs – selected as another BT Sport live game - followed by a home clash against Bristol Bears. An away tie at Saracens completes the first block of fixtures.
Later in the campaign, the festive schedule starts with an away trip to Wasps, before Bath Rugby are the visitors to West London for what might be the first fixture of 2022.
Northampton Saints are the opponents for our annual St Patrick’s Party fixture in March, for what promises to be a stand-out clash in the calendar.
Owing to the 13-team set-up of the league this season, Irish have two free weekends, one in Round 13 and another on the final weekend, Round 26, meaning our final regular season game is on the road at Bath Rugby in Round 25, on the weekend of 21 May.
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*Dates for Rounds 8-26 are ‘weekend of’.
*All fixtures are subject to change.