London Irish will kick-off their A League campaign against Gloucester Rugby at Hazelwood the week commencing Monday 4 September.
The Exiles are seeded in the South Pool alongside Bath Rugby, Bristol Rugby, Exeter Chiefs, Gloucester Rugby, Harlequins and Saracens.
This season’s competition sees a number of structural changes which are explained below:-
- There are six teams in the North Pool and seven teams in the South Pool.
- Each club in the North Pool will play home and away against the other clubs in the pool. The top two teams in the North Pool will progress to the semi-finals.
- Clubs in the South Pool will play home or away against the other clubs in the pool.
- Clubs who finish in the top five of the South Pool after their six games will play a further four games against each other on a home or away basis in a second phase mini-league.
- The two clubs who finish in first and second place following this second phase competition will progress to the semi-finals.
- Clubs who finish sixth and seventh in the South Pool will play each other home and away.
Academy Manager Patrick O’Grady said: “We’re really looking forward to being back in the A League, a competition which will be extremely competitive from the word go.
“We have a string of Academy players who all gained valuable experience in the first team last season, and their exposure to senior rugby will serve them well in the A League.
“We have a good group within our senior Academy at present, and I’m looking forward to seeing them progress this season.”
Round 1 STAGE ONE – w/c 4 September 2017
London Irish v Gloucester
Round 2 STAGE ONE – w/c 11 September 2017
London Irish v Harlequins
Round 3 STAGE ONE – w/c 25 September 2017
Bristol v London Irish
Round 4 STAGE ONE – w/c 2 October 2017
Exeter Chiefs v London Irish
Round 5 STAGE ONE – w/c 23 October 2017
Round 6 STAGE ONE – w/c 27 November 2017
Bath Rugby v London Irish
Round 7 STAGE ONE – w/c 18 December 2017
London Irish v Saracens
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