Northampton Saints will play London Irish, Harlequins, Saracens and Newcastle Falcons in the pool stages of this season’s Premiership Rugby Cup.
The competition’s three pools and opening two rounds of fixtures were today confirmed by Premiership Rugby, with the men in Black, Green and Gold taking on the Exiles at Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday 13 November (kick-off: 3.30pm), before travelling to Twickenham Stoop to face Quins on Friday 19 November (kick-off: 7.45pm).
Saints then travel back to London to play Saracens on the weekend of 18/19/20 March 2022, before welcoming Falcons to Northampton for a midweek clash on either the 29th or 30th of March.
With 13 teams in this year’s tournament, Pool A is comprised of five clubs, whereas Pools B and C are made up of four clubs each.
Saints are drawn in Pool C with London Irish, Harlequins and Saracens – with each side playing each other once during the first three rounds of the competition, before taking on one of the four teams in Pool B in Round 4. All five sides in Pool A will play each other once, with no cross-pool matches.
All clubs in the tournament play a total of four pool matches, before the teams topping each of Pool A, B and C – as well as the highest-ranked runner-up – will progress to the semi-finals which are due to take place at the end of April.
Premiership Rugby Cup pool draw 2021/22
Pool A – Exeter Chiefs, Bristol Bears, Worcester Warriors, Bath Rugby, Gloucester Rugby
Pool B – Newcastle Falcons, Leicester Tigers, Sale Sharks, Wasps
Pool C – Northampton Saints, London Irish, Saracens, Harlequins
Premiership Rugby Cup: Saints’ pool stage fixtures 2021/22
Round 1: Saturday 13 November – Northampton Saints vs London Irish (kick-off: 3.30pm)
Round 2: Friday 19 November – Harlequins vs Northampton Saints (kick-off: 7.45pm)
Round 3: Weekend of 18/19/20 March – Saracens vs Northampton Saints
Round 4: Midweek of 29/30 March – Northampton Saints vs Newcastle Falcons