The final rugby Premiership games take place this weekend, with some fascinating encounters on the agenda.
Bath Rugby v Wasps
The second half of the Aviva Premiership season kicks off on Friday evening as fifth-placed Bath Rugby host third-place Wasps at The Recreation Ground.
Just four points seperate the sides ahead of what promises to be a partisan and spine-tingling atmosphere in the West Country as Bath Rugby seek to arrest a run of back-to-back defeats, while Wasps have won their last two outings.
Gloucester Rugby v Sale Sharks
Sale Sharks travel to Kingsholm to face Gloucester Rugby with the Salford-based side chasing a fourth successive Premiership win on Saturday.
Despite a hefty defeat at the hands of Wasps last weekend, the Cherry and Whites remain fourth in the standings, while the Sharks’ charge has seen them move up to sixth in the top flight hierarchy.
London Irish v Newcastle Falcons
Newcastle Falcons will aim to pull their way back up the Premiership table on Saturday as they visit the Madejski Stadium to face rock-bottom London Irish.
The Exiles last won in Round 1 and have suffered 10 successive top flight reverses, while Newcastle are discovering their early season form having won on their last two outings.
Saracens v Worcester Warriors
Saracens will aim to expand their form as they host 11th-placed Worcester Warriors at Barnet’s Allianz Park on Saturday.
Recent form, including victory over bottom side London Irish last weekend, has seen Worcester move 10 points clear of the Premiership drop spot, while Saracens ended a run of three consecutive top flight defeats with a win over Leicester Tigers on Christmas Eve.
Harlequins v Northampton Saints
Despite being two of the biggest clubs in the Premiership, Harlequins versus Northampton Saints at the Twickenham Stoop on Saturday sees ninth face 10th.
Harlequins enter around 12 with a three-point advantage and will be desperate to extend the Saints’ woeful run which has seen them become coach-less and lose six Premiership matches on the bounce.
Exeter Chiefs v Leicester Tigers
Runaway Premiership leaders Exeter Chiefs will aim to race into 2018 as they welcome Leicester Tigers to Sandy Park on New Years Eve.
Defending champions Exeter are now 10 points clear of second-placed Saracens having won their last six Premiership fixtures, while the Tigers are struggling for form having lost their last three matches.