Rugby: Leinster announce pre season fixtures

Updated: July 3, 2012

Leinster Rugby have announce three fixtures against Premiership opposition in August ahead of the new season. The fixtures including a Bank of Ireland series clash against Gloucester on 11 August in Tallaght Stadium.

Gloucester finished a disappointing ninth in the league missing out on a vital Heineken Cup spot. Leinster will also face Northampton Saints at Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday 18 August and Sale Sharks at the City of Salford Community Stadium on Friday 24 August.

Northampton Saints qualified for the Premiership semi finals but lost out to eventual champions Harlequins who triumphed in a tightly contested match 25-23. The Sale Sharks performed well finishing in a Heineken Cup berth with a youthful squad.

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