Saints to begin with trip to Gloucester

READY FOR THE NEW SEASON - Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder
READY FOR THE NEW SEASON - Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder

SAINTS will kick off their new Aviva Premiership campaign with a trip to Kingsholm to take on Gloucester.

Jim Mallinder’s men travel to the west country on the weekend beginning September 1, with a home game at Franklin’s Gardens against Exeter next up in round two.

The match dates are subject to consultation with broadcasters, with the precise schedule for the first eight rounds set to be announced next Wednesday.

The third round of matches sees Saints travel to Bath, before two home games in succession against Worcester Warriors and London Wasps.

The first east midlands derby of the season against Leicester will take place between November 2-4 at Welford Road, with the Tigers heading to Northampton on the weekend of March 29-31.

Saints’ first trip to the Kassam Stadium to take on new-boys London Welsh will be on the weekend of April 12-14, while the newly-promoted side will come to Franklin’s Gardens on November 23, 24 or 25.

Over the Christmas and New Year period, Saints will take on champions Harlequins at the Gardens between December 21-23, while they travel to Saracens at a venue to be confirmed on December 28, 29 or 30.

Saints kick off 2013 with a trip to Devon to take on Exeter between January 4-6, while they will wrap up their Premiership campaign with a trip to the Twickenham Stoop to take on the Quins.

Full fixtures

Aug 31-Sept 2 Gloucester Kingsholm

Sept 7-9 Exeter Chiefs Franklin’s Gardens

Sept 14-16 Bath Recreation Ground

Sept 21-23 Worcester Warriors Franklin’s Gardens

Sept 28-30 London Wasps Franklin’s Gardens

Oct 5-7 London Irish Madejski Stadium

Oct 12-14 Heineken Cup R1

Oct 19-21 Heineken Cup R2

Oct 26-28 Saracens Franklin’s Gardens

Nov 2-4 Leicester Tigers Welford Road

Nov 9-11 LV= Cup R1

Nov 16-18 LV= Cup R2

Nov 23-25 London Welsh Franklin’s Gardens

Nov 30-Dec 2 Sale Sharks Salford City Stadium

Dec 7-9 Heineken Cup R3

Dec 14-16 Heineken Cup R4

Dec 21-23 Harlequins Franklin’s Gardens

Dec 28-30 Saracens TBC

Jan 4-6 Exeter Chiefs Sandy Park

Jan 11-13 Heineken Cup R5

Jan 18-20 Heineken Cup R6

Jan 25-27 LV= Cup R3

Feb 1-3 LV= Cup R4

Feb 8-10 Gloucester Franklin’s Gardens

Feb 15-17 Worcester Warriors Sixways

Feb 22-24 Bath Franklin’s Gardens

Mar 1-3 London Irish Franklin’s Gardens

Mar 22-24 London Wasps Adams Park

Mar 29-31 Leicester Tigers Franklin’s Gardens

Apr 12-14 London Welsh Kassam Stadium

Apr 19-21 Sale Sharks Franklin’s Gardens

May 4 Harlequins Twickenham Stoop