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Gallagher Premiership will resume on August 14 with Harlequins facing Sale Sharks

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The Gallagher Premiership will resume on Friday August 14 with Harlequins facing Sale Sharks as domestic rugby announces its return from the coronavirus pandemic. 

The decision to complete the current campaign in full has seen the introduction of several midweek and Monday night matches for the first time. The semi-finals and final format will take place, with the title decider set to be played on October 24.

The first match of the restarted season will see mid-table Harlequins host second-placed Sale Sharks in a 19:45 kick-off. 

The Gallagher Premiership will resume on Friday August 14 with Harlequins facing Sale Sharks

The Gallagher Premiership will resume on Friday August 14 with Harlequins facing Sale Sharks

The return will see the introduction of midweek and Monday night matches for the first time

The return will see the introduction of midweek and Monday night matches for the first time

On the opening weekend, the Telegraph reported that BT Sport will televise two matches with Northampton hosting Wasps at Franklin’s Gardens in a 2pm kick-off, which is followed by Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park at 4.30pm.

Sunday will see Saracens travel to Bristol Bears at Ashton Gate, completing the weekend’s TV scheduling, as English club rugby looks to finally bounce back with players returning to contact training this week. 

The reigning English and European champions, who have already been relegated to the Championship due to breaching salary caps, only feature twice in the television schedule as the 2019/20 season comes to an end.

Their home match against Exeter chiefs on Sunday, September 13 will be the second and final time that Saracens are on the television in the Premiership before they drop down to the second tier.

The semi-finals and final format will take place, with title decider to be played on October 24

The semi-finals and final format will take place, with title decider to be played on October 24

The first set of midweek matches to be broadcast on television are expected to be Wasps against Sale Sharks on Tuesday, August 25, with a 5.30pm kick-off, which will be followed by Bristol Bears against Exeter Chiefs at 7.45pm. 

Northampton’s match against Bath on the following day will be broadcast live at 7.45pm. 

The new dates followed a slight setback for the RFU, after Premiership Rugby announced that they had 10 positive cases of coronavirus following the first round of testing of 804 people. 

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