Leeds announce Premiership warm up dates

Leeds Carnegie have revealed their pre-season programme ahead of their second consecutive season in the top flight of English club rugby with games against French, Welsh, Irish and English opposition.

Leeds Carnegie will kick off their preparations for the new season on Friday 6th August when they will conclude a week long training camp in France with a game against newly promoted French club Agen.

This will be followed a week later by Leeds Carnegie’s only home game of their pre-season campaign when The Ospreys fly into Headingley Carnegie on Saturday 14th August, kick off 3pm.

The two sides met in pre-season last year and in the LV Cup back in February with the Swansea-based side winning on both occasions.

Leeds Carnegie will then make the short trip to Doncaster on Friday 20th August to play the Knights at Castle Park.

Doncaster were one of only two sides to beat Carnegie when the team were promoted two years ago and this will be a chance for the coaching duo of Andy Key and Neil Back to see their side in action against a side from the Championship two weeks before the season gets going.

The final warm up game will see Leeds Carnegie return to Ravenhill in Belfast to play Ulster for only the second time in the club’s history. The game will be played on Thursday 26th August, kick off 7.30pm.

Commenting on the programme of games, Director of Rugby Andy Key said, “We are really pleased with the schedule we have been able to devise. We are playing against some quality opposition and that will stand us in good stead for when the new Premiership season begins.

“Our training camp in France will be an important part of our pre-season programme and we found last year that it was useful to have a game at the end of that period.

“We had two tough games with the Ospreys last season. It is fantastic that we will have the Magners League Champions at Headingley Carnegie and hopefully we can attract a good crowd to see both teams in action.

“The game against Doncaster will be very important for us as it comes two weeks before the season starts before we go through our final preparations against Ulster in Belfast,” added Key.

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