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Aviva Premiership Rugby Live

Sat Sep 7, 1-7pm, BT Sport 1

So, time to find out whether BT’s big sporting gamble is really paying off. While Sky has retained the lion’s share of top-flight football coverage, the only place to watch Premiership rugby is on BT Sport, with heavyweight commentary from the likes of Lawrence Dallaglio and Nick Mullins. If today’s London double-header, kicking off the new season (if you discount last night’s Newcastle v Bath tie, also on BT Sport 1), doesn’t bring in the punters, we don’t know what will.

Most people’s favourites for the drop, London Irish, begin proceedings at Twickenham against last season’s table-toppers, Saracens. A repeat of last season’s Irish win seems unlikely – instead, expect a landslide as the Exiles continue their slow march backwards. The following tie should be closer, with London Wasps taking on losing semi-finalists Harlequins at 4.15pm. Wasps edged their most recent encounter, and some astute business in the transfer market could see them do so again.