Leinster Rugby will face Northampton Saints in pre-season action at Franklin’s Gardens on Thursday, 12 September (KO 7.30pm).

This will be the first of three meetings with Saints for Leo Cullen’s men as both sides have been drawn into Heineken Champions Cup Pool 1 along with Benetton Rugby and Lyon.

The last time Leinster faced Saints was in the Champions Cup in back-to-back games in December 2016.

This will be the first pre-season meeting between the sides since August 2014 when a Jimmy Gopperth-captained Leinster side fell to a 33-21 defeat at Franklin’s Gardens.

This follows the news earlier this week that the Men’s team will kick-off their pre-season schedule on 17 August against Coventry in a doubleheader with the Leinster Women who begin their Interprovincial title defence against Connacht (KO 5.30pm).

Tickets for the doubleheader are available from €10/5.

The following week the Men’s team travel to Hamilton, Ontario, to take on Canada (Saturday, 24 August).

Tickets for Northampton Saints v Leinster Rugby are available here.