The first round is always difficult to predict, with pre-season form, expected match fitness and new personnel all to be factored in.
This year it’s even harder with many top players away with their countries for the Rugby World Cup, and we’re left scratching our heads at some of the names on the teamsheet.
With those caveats out of the way, here are my Aviva Premiership predictions for Round 1. Let me know your thoughts.
London Irish v Harlequins: Harlequins by 8
Leicester Tigers v Exeter Chiefs: Leicester Tigers by 13
Worcester Warriors v Sale Sharks: Worcester Warriors by 6
Saracens v London Wasps: Saracens by 14
Newcastle Falcons v Bath: Newcastle Falcons by 6
Northampton Saints v Gloucester Rugby: Northampton Saints by 8
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