Pro­moted Fal­cons up first next sea­son

Bath Chronicle - - BATH RUGBY, SWIM­MING AND AN­GLING - John Evely sport@bathchron.co.uk

Bath Rugby’s 2020/21 Gal­lagher Premier­ship fix­tures are out. There are just 28 days be­tween the fi­nal game of the 2019/20 sea­son and the first game of the 2020/21 sea­son as the COVID-19 pan­demic has de­liv­ered two un­prece­dented back-to-back sea­sons.

Mid­week rugby is not done with in 2020/21 ei­ther with plans to play the Premier­ship Rugby Cup in be­tween the packed week­ends of league and Euro­pean rugby.

Rather op­ti­misti­cally, it seems the sched­ule has not been set with re­stric­tions on crowds at sta­di­ums like we have seen since the restart of rugby in Au­gust, in mind with no ap­par­ent plans to show ev­ery game live as has been the case since Round 14 of the cur­rent sea­son.

The date and times of the first six rounds of the 2020/21 com­pe­ti­tion have been set with BT Sport mak­ing their se­lec­tions to be shown live on tele­vi­sion.

■ NOVEM­BER Gal­lagher Premier­ship Round 1: Bath Rugby v New­cas­tle Fal­cons - Satur­day, Novem­ber 21, 12.30pm ko.

Gal­lagher Premier­ship Round 2: Ex­eter Chiefs v Bath Rugby - Satur­day, Novem­ber 28, 3pm ko.

■ DE­CEM­BER Gal­lagher Premier­ship Round 3: Worces­ter War­riors v Bath Rugby - Satur­day, De­cem­ber, 5, 3pm ko.

Gal­lagher Premier­ship Round 4: Bath Rugby v London Irish - Satur­day, De­cem­ber 26, 2pm ko.

■ JAN­UARY Gal­lagher Premier­ship Round 5: Le­ices­ter Tigers v Bath Rugby - Sun­day, Jan­uary 3, 3pm ko.

Gal­lagher Premier­ship Round 6: Bath Rugby v Wasps - Fri­day, Jan­uary 8, 7.45pm ko.

Gal­lagher Premier­ship Round 7: Bris­tol Bears v Bath Rugby - Jan­uary 29/30/31.

■ FE­BRU­ARY Gal­lagher Premier­ship Round 8: Bath Rugby v Har­lequins - Fe­bru­ary 5/6/7.

Gal­lagher Premier­ship Round 9: Sale Sharks v Bath Rugby - Fe­bru­ary 12/13/14.

Gal­lagher Premier­ship Round 10: Bath Rugby v Glouces­ter Rugby - Fe­bru­ary 19/20/21.

Gal­lagher Premier­ship Round 11: Northamp­ton Saints v Bath Rugby - Fe­bru­ary 26/27/28.

■ MARCH Gal­lagher Premier­ship Round 12: Bath Rugby v Ex­eter Chiefs - March 5/6/7.

Gal­lagher Premier­ship Round 13: New­cas­tle Fal­cons v Bath Rugby - March 12/13/14.

Gal­lagher Premier­ship Round 14: Bath Rugby v Worces­ter War­riors - March 19/20/21.

Gal­lagher Premier­ship Round 15: London Irish v Bath Rugby March 26/27/28.

■ APRIL Gal­lagher Premier­ship Round 16: Bath Rugby v Le­ices­ter Tigers - April 16/17/18.

Gal­lagher Premier­ship Round 17: Wasps v Bath Rugby - April 23/24/25.

■ MAY Gal­lagher Premier­ship Round 18: Bath Rugby v Bris­tol Bears - May 7/8/9.

Gal­lagher Premier­ship Round 19: Bath Rugby v Sale Sharks - May 14/15/16.

Gal­lagher Premier­ship Round 20: Har­lequins v Bath Rugby - May 28/29/30.

■ JUNE Gal­lagher Premier­ship Round 21: Glouces­ter Rugby v Bath Rugby - June 4/5/6.

Gal­lagher Premier­ship Round 22: Bath Rugby v Northamp­ton Saints - June 12.

Gal­lagher Premier­ship June 18/19.

Gal­lagher Premier­ship Fi­nal: Satur­day, June 26.

Semi­fi­nals:

PIC­TURE: Stu Forster/getty Images

Bath will host newly-pro­moted New­cas­tle Fal­cons on the open­ing day of the 2020/21 Gal­lagher Premier­ship sea­son, they met in Fe­bru­ary last year where Jonathan Joseph is pic­tured be­ing tack­led

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