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Aviva Premiership Rugby fixtures revealed

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Leicester Tigers will kick off the new Aviva Premiership season with an away game against newly-promoted London Welsh before hosting Worcester Warriors at Welford Road.

Nine-time champions Tigers will make a first-ever visit to the Kassam Stadium in Oxford on the weekend of Sunday, September 2 (2.00pm) to face Welsh in front of the Sky Sports cameras. The Welsh won the RFU Championship play-off and have replaced Newcastle Falcons in the top flight for 2012/13.

Three of the opening five rounds are at Welford Road with the fixture against Worcester Warriors in Round 2 (September 8) followed by defending Aviva Premiership champions Harlequins and Heineken Cup qualifiers Exeter Chiefs before the end of September.

Kick-off times and dates for Rounds 2-8 will be confirmed with broadcasters and announced next week.

The eagerly-awaited fixtures against Northampton Saints are at Welford Road on November 3 and Franklin’s Gardens in March.

Tigers have a home Christmas fixture against Gloucester on December 29 and the last home game of the regular season is against London Irish on May 4.

Match tickets for home games will go on sale to season ticket holders requiring extra tickets and to members from Wednesday, July 18, with general sales to follow from Wednesday, July 25. Book through the Tigers ticket office by phoning 0844 856 1880 or call in at Welford Road (8.30am-5.00pm weekdays, until 8.00pm Wednesdays and 9.00am-5.00pm Saturdays) or book online.

Tigers season tickets, guaranteeing entry for 17 home games at the price of just 12, are available now. There are categories for adults, 65-plus, young adults/full-time students, juniors, concessions and families. Season tickets for supporters aged under 10 are free if accompanied by a full paying adult. Contact the Tigers ticket office for details.

2012/13 fixture list
Sun Sep 2 London Welsh (a)(2.00pm) APR Round 1
Sat Sep 8 Worcester Warriors (h) APR Round 2
Sat Sep 15 Saracens (a) APR Round 3
Sat Sep 22 Harlequins (h) APR Round 4
Sat Sep 29 Exeter Chiefs (h) APR Round 5
Sat Oct 6 Sale Sharks (a) APR Round 6
Sat Oct 13 Heineken Cup Round 1
Sat Oct 20 Heineken Cup Round 2
Sat Oct 27 Gloucester Rugby (a) APR Round 7
Sat Nov 3 Northampton Saints (h) APR Round 8
Sat Nov 10 LV= Cup Round 1
Sat Nov 17 LV= Cup Round 2
Sat Nov 24 London Wasps (a) APR Round 9
Sat Dec 1 Bath Rugby (h) APR Round 10
Sat Dec 8 Heineken Cup Round 3
Sat Dec 15 Heineken Cup Round 4
Sat Dec 22 London Irish (a) APR Round 11
Sat Dec 29 Gloucester Rugby (h) APR Round 12
Sat Jan 5 Worcester Warriors (a) APR Round 13
Sat Jan 12 Heineken Cup Round 5
Sat Jan 19 Heineken Cup Round 6
Sat Jan 26 LV= Cup Round 3
Sat Feb 2 LV= Cup Round 4
Sat Feb 9 London Welsh (h) APR Round 14
Sat Feb 16 Harlequins (a) APR Round 15
Sat Feb 23 Saracens (h) APR Round 16
Sat Mar 2 Sale Sharks (h) APR Round 17

Sat Mar 9 LV= Cup semi-finals
Sat Mar 16 LV= Cup Final
Sat Mar 23 Exeter Chiefs (a) APR Round 18
Sat Mar 30 Northampton Saints (a) APR Round 19
Sat Apr 6 Heineken Cup quarter-finals
Sat Apr 13 London Wasps (h) APR Round 20
Sat Apr 20 Bath Rugby (a) APR Round 21
Sat Apr 27 Heineken Cup semi-finals
Sat May 4 London Irish (h) APR Round 22
Sat May 11 APR semi-finals
Sat May 18 Heineken Cup Final
Sat May 25 Aviva Premiership Final