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Fixture list provides summer buzz

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Richard Cockerill says the Leicester Tigers camp are already looking forward to an "exciting start" to the season with the announcement of the Aviva Premiership fixture list today.

Tigers open the league season with a match against Gloucester Rugby at Kingsholm on Friday, September 2 before hosting Wasps in the first home fixture on Saturday, September 10.
The first month of the campaign also includes a trip to Newcastle Falcons and home game against Bath on September 25.
Tigers director of rugby Cockerill said: “The fixture list always creates a buzz for the new season and we are looking forward to it. We are working hard, the players are back in for pre-season and now we have the fixture list to work towards.
“It’s a tough start, away from home to Gloucester on a Friday night, but we have some Friday night fixtures in our warm-up games, which has worked out quite well.
“Traditionally Gloucester are tough opponents. They’re a club similar to ourselves in tradition and culture, and it’s an exciting fixture to kick it all off.
“Then it’s Wasps at home. There will be a big crowd at Welford Road for what is becoming another East Midlands derby game. They have had some changes in their squad but they had a really good season last year and we know that they will be strong again.”
Gloucester counterpart David Humphreys, reacting to the news that Kingsholm will host the opening match of the Aviva Premiership season, said: “It doesn’t get any better than opening up at home against Leicester Tigers. We had two incredibly hard-fought and close matches with them last season and we’re looking forward to locking horns with them again.”
Dates and times for all league fixtures up to and including Round 8 in November have been confirmed, with broadcasters BT Sport selecting their games for live coverage. All other dates are subject to alteration.
Click here for the Leicester Tigers fixture list.
All home games in league and cups are included in Tigers season tickets. Click here for more details, or call in at Welford Road or phone the ticket office on 0116 319 8888 (option 2).
Match ticket details for home fixtures will be announced soon.