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Wandies begin Premiership Rugby Shield bid with Wasps derby

Northampton Wanderers’ Premiership Rugby Shield fixtures have today been confirmed, with the three-time champions welcoming Wasps to Franklin’s Gardens for the season opener.

Back-to-back home games get Wanderers started – as Wasps and Gloucester make the trip to Franklin’s Gardens in consecutive rounds – before the men in Black, Green and Gold make the short trips to Leicester Tigers and Worcester Cavaliers in rounds three and four.

With Sale Jets also in the Northern Pool and return fixtures on the schedule, Wanderers have plenty of tasty match-ups ahead of them when the Shield campaign gets underway in the week commencing 25th November. 

And having reached the knock-out stages for the past four seasons, Saints Academy head coach Mark Hopley has high hopes for the Club’s ambitious youngsters again this season.

“The Club wants to win every piece of silverware available to us, but while we’ve had plenty of success in this competition in recent years this is a totally new squad and we are starting afresh,” said Hopley.

“The Shield competition is a vital part of our schedule and was a great platform for both young players and those looking to return to match fitness last season.

“Northampton supporters have always really got behind the Wanderers and we’ve got another lively, young bunch of lads for them to watch progress this season – we’re excited to run out in front of a partisan Franklin’s Gardens crowd again, and hopefully we can give them something to cheer about.”

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Northampton Wanderers’ Premiership Rugby Shield fixtures 2019/20
Monday 25 November – Northampton Wanderers v Wasps A (Franklin’s Gardens, 7.30pm)
Monday 16 December – Northampton Wanderers v Gloucester United (Franklin’s Gardens, 7.30pm)
Monday 23 December – Leicester Tigers v Northampton Wanderers (Welford Road, 7.30pm)
Monday 30 December – Worcester Cavaliers v Northampton Wanderers (Sixways, 7.30pm)
Monday 20 January – Northampton Wanderers v Sale Jets (Franklin’s Gardens, 7.30pm)
Monday 23 March – Gloucester United v Northampton Wanderers (Kingsholm, 7.30pm)
Monday 6 April – Northampton Wanderers Leicester Tigers (Franklin’s Gardens, 7.30pm)
Monday 13 April – Sale Jets v Northampton Wanderers (Heywood Road, 7.30pm)
Monday 20 April – Northampton Wanderers v Worcester Cavaliers (Franklin’s Gardens, 7.30pm)
Monday 4 May – Wasps A v Northampton Wanderers (Ivor Preece Field, Broadstreet, 7pm)

Premiership Rugby Shield Knock-Out Dates
Monday 25 May – Semi-finals
Monday 1 June - Final