• Exiles to play nine-time champions at the Kassam on Sunday September 2
  • Champions Harlequins face London Wasps as part of London Double Header

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London Welsh have been handed a plum draw in the first round of Aviva Premiership Rugby as they face nine-time English champions Leicester Tigers at home on the opening weekend.

More good news for the Championship winners comes with confirmation that their opening match, at the Kassam Stadium will be screened live on Sky Sports, kicking off at 3pm.

London Welsh follow up their clash with the Tigers by making the short trip to Harlequins in round two.

The champions will start the defence of their title at Twickenham Stadium in the London Double Header on Saturday 1 September against London Wasps, the showpiece occasion being completed with Saracens against London Irish.

Sale Sharks will travel to Exeter Chiefs in round one, allowing the Sharks to showcase their new ground, the Salford City Stadium, with the arrival of 2011 Aviva Premiership Rugby Champions, Saracens a week later.

Completing the first round of Aviva Premiership Rugby Nigel Davies’ first game in charge of Gloucester Rugby will be at home to Northampton Saints, while Bath Rugby’s new Director of Rugby, Gary Gold, will make the short journey to Sixways to take on Worcester Warriors.

Aviva Premiership Round One

August 31 – September 1

Exeter Chiefs v. Sale Sharks

Gloucester Rugby v. Northampton Saints

Worcester Warriors v. Bath Rugby

September 1 - Twickenham

London Wasps v. Harlequins, 2pm, live on ESPN

Saracens v. London Irish, 4.30pm, live on ESPN

September 2 London Welsh v. Leicester Tigers, 2pm, live on Sky Sports

The rest of the season's fixtures can be found here.