Leinster, the Champions Cup and GUINNESS PRO14 winners this past season, have confirmed their two Bank of Ireland pre-season friendlies ahead of the start of the 2018/19 campaign.
Leo Cullen’s men will first face a trip to France to take on US Montauban on Friday, August 10 at Stade Sapiac with a 8.30pm kick-off local time. Montauban finished second at the end of the regular Pro D2 season but lost out to Grenoble at the semi-final stage.
Leinster will return to Energia Park the following week to welcome Newcastle Falcons to Donnybrook on Friday, August 17. Newcastle finished fourth in the English Premiership and qualified for next season’s Champions Cup in the process. However, they lost in the Premiership semi-finals to Exeter Chiefs.
Full details on the Newcastle Falcons pre-season fixture in mid-August, in addition to ticketing options, will be available closer to the game.
During last season’s pre-season friendlies, Cullen used the matches against Perpignan, Gloucester and Bath to introduce a number of players to senior action for the first time, including Jordan Larmour, James Ryan, Vakh Abdaladze, Jimmy O’Brien, Conor O’Brien, Ronan Kelleher, Will Connors, Josh Murphy and Caelan Doris.