Leinster have confirmed the details of the three pre-season friendlies to be played ahead of their 2016/17 GUINNESS PRO12 and Champions Cup campaigns.
All three games will be played at home but venues will also include Tallaght Stadium and Navan RFC, as well as the RDS.
The fixture list in full:
Leinster v Ulster, Navan RFC, Saturday, August 13, kick-off 3pm
Leinster v Gloucester, Tallaght Stadium, Saturday, August 20, kick-off 3pm
Leinster v Bath, the RDS, Friday, August 26, kick-off 7.30pm
It has also been confirmed that after the game against Ulster in Navan, the Leinster squad will hold a post-match signing session for those in attendance.
Ulster finished in the play-offs for the PRO12 this past season in Les Kiss’ first season in charge and lost to Leinster at the semi-final stage at the RDS. They have eight players on the Ireland squad currently in South Africa, including captain Rory Best.
Gloucester, with former Ireland out-half David Humphreys in place as Director of Rugby, play in the Aviva Premiership and won the European Challenge Cup as recently as 2014/15.
They have international players of the calibre of James Hook, Richard Hibbard, Greig Laidlaw, Jonny May and Billy Twelvetrees in their squad and have also recently announced the signing of Leinster head of fitness Dan Tobin as well as second row Tom Denton.
Bath also play in the Aviva Premiership and were in Leinster’s Champions Cup pool last season, beating Leo Cullen’s men at the Recreation Ground before the province got the upper hand in the return fixture after Christmas. Bath have a host of household names in their squad, including George Ford, Francois Louw, Jonathan Joseph and Anthony Watson.
With the Champions Cup draw taking place next Wednesday and with the PRO12 fixtures to be announced a few weeks later, the 2016/17 season is taking shape.
Information regarding ticketing will be announced over the coming weeks but there is still time to buy your Leinster Rugby Season Ticket(s) at leinsterseasontickets.ie.