Premiership Rugby Shield fixtures unveiled
Wasps’ first taste of the newly branded Premiership Rugby Shield – formerly known as the A League – sees Sale Jets visit Broadstreet in the first week of September.
Newcastle A and Worcester Cavaliers also face the black-and-golds in Coventry during the first block of action, while Wasps make the trip to two-time champions Northampton Wanderers in round three.
The competition resumes in December following the autumn international break which also houses the first three rounds of the newly-named Premiership Rugby Cup.
This three-week block sees Wasps host Midlands rivals Leicester before undertaking return fixtures with Newcastle and Northampton.
The remaining three rounds of action take place during April, after which the semi-finals and final are scheduled for early May.
Exact dates, venues and kick off times will all be confirmed later in the summer for a competition which offers fans an early chance to see tomorrow’s stars from Wasps' newly-enlarged senior academy squad.
Premiership Rugby Shield 2018/19 Schedule:
Round one: w/c Sept 3 - Sale Jets (H)
Round two: w/c Sept 10 - Newcastle A (H)
Round three: w/c Sept 24 - Northampton Wands (A)
Round four: w/c Oct 1 - Worcester Cavs (H)
Round five: w/c Dec 17 - Leicester A (A)
Round six: w/c Dec 24 - Newcastle A (A)
Round seven: w/c Dec 31 - Northampton Wands (H)
Round eight: w/c April 1 - Leicester A (H)
Round nine: w/c April 8 - Worcester Cavs (A)
Round ten: w/c April 22 - Sale Jets (A)