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Premiership fixtures for Bath and Gloucester announced

Bath and Gloucester have both discovered their opening fixture opponents Credit: PA

The full fixtures lists for the upcoming Aviva Premiership Rugby season have been released.

The season gets underway on Friday 5th of September. New coach Laurie Fisher will take his Gloucester side to Northampton on the opening night.

Elsewhere Bath will face a trip to the North West to Play Sale Sharks at the AJ Bell Stadium.

You can see the full fixture list for the season here.

Friday 5th Sept - Northampton Saints v *Gloucester Rugby *

Saturday 6th Sept - Sale Sharks vs *Bath Rugby *

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Gloucester Rugby's new head coach, Laurie Fisher, has taken to Twitter to speak of his excitement about joining the club.

The Australian joins from UC Brumbies in Canberra.

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Bath & Gloucester stars prepare to face the All Blacks

Gloucester's Jonny May prepares to face the All Blacks Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Bath and Gloucester are well represented in Stuart Lancaster's starting line up as England prepare to play the All Blacks in Auckland on Saturday.

The team:

15 Mike Brown (Harlequins, 26 caps)

14 Marland Yarde (London Irish, 2 caps)

13 Manusamoa Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers, 22 caps)

12 Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby, 2 caps)

11 Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 6 caps)

10 Freddie Burns (Gloucester Rugby, 3 caps)

9 Danny Care (Harlequins, 47 caps)

1 Joe Marler (Harlequins, 19 caps)

2 Rob Webber (Bath Rugby, 5 caps)

3 David Wilson (Bath Rugby, 34 caps)

4 Joe Launchbury (London Wasps, 19 caps)

5 Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers, 19 caps)

6 James Haskell (London Wasps, 50 caps)

7 Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, capt, 25 caps)

8 Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby, 20 caps)

Replacements

16 Joe Gray (Harlequins, uncapped)

17 Matt Mullan (London Wasps, 3 caps)

18 Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks, 6 caps)

19 Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby, 10 caps)

20 Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs, 7 caps)

21 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 35 caps)

22 Danny Cipriani (Sale Sharks, 7 caps)

23 Chris Pennell (Worcester Warriors, uncapped)

Gloucester Rugby sack Nigel Davies

Gloucester Rugby sack Nigel Davies Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Gloucester have sacked director of rugby Nigel Davies after a disappointing season. The Cherry and Whites finished in ninth place in the Premiership with just eight wins from 22 games and lost to relegated Worcester on Saturday. Davies leaves Kingsholm after two years in charge.

Gloucester Rugby CEO Stephen Vaughan said: "Following extensive discussions between members of the Gloucester Rugby board with regards to the future direction of the playing department, the club has decided to part company with Director of Rugby Nigel Davies.

"It has been a tremendously difficult decision to reach. Nigel is a man who I personally have come to like and respect very much during my time at the club. "

"He has worked tirelessly at his role over the past two seasons, he has been an excellent ambassador for the club and understands the expectation and levels we need to be performing at."

"However, playing performances and results during 2013-14 were a big disappointment to everyone at the club, As a result, the board has decided that the future interests of the team would be best served with a different individual in charge of team affairs."

"We have clear aspirations to be a top four side and that must drive our decision making process."

"The search for Nigel's successor begins today, and we will leave no stone unturned in our quest to find the right man for the job."

For more on this go to Gloucester Rugby's website

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