Saints to face Leinster in pre-season

RENEWAL OF RIVALRIES - Saints faced Leinster in the Heineken Cup last season and will meet them again in pre-season (Picture: Linda Dawson)

RENEWAL OF RIVALRIES - Saints faced Leinster in the Heineken Cup last season and will meet them again in pre-season (Picture: Linda Dawson)

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Saints will take on Leinster in pre-season for the third year in succession as part of a four-match warm up for the new campaign.

The RaboDirect PRO12 champions will head to Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday, August 23, with a game against Championship side Moseley scheduled for later that day.

The first pre-season encounter comes against Championship semi-finalists Rotherham Titans at Franklin’s Gardens a week earlier.

And the friendly campaign will be concluded with a trip to Newport-Gwent Dragons on Friday, August 29, with the Aviva Premiership kicking off eight days later.

Saints’ pre-season schedule

Saturday, August 16: Rotherham Titans (h), 3pm

Saturday, August 23: Leinster (h), 2.30pm

Saturday, August 23: Moseley (h), 5pm

Friday, August 29: Newport-Gwent Dragons (a), TBC