Harlequins begin Premiership title defence against Wasps as Welsh face Tigers
15:43 GMT, 4 July 2012
London Welsh will launch their debut Aviva Premiership campaign against runners-up Leicester on September 2.
The Exiles’ promotion to the top flight was confirmed by an appeal hearing on Friday and they have been presented with a daunting opening fixture against the Tigers.
Up for the cup: harlequins will face Wasps as they begin their title defence
Aviva Premiership first weekend fixtures
Exeter Chiefs v Sale Sharks
Gloucester Rugby v Northampton Saints
Worcester Warriors v Bath Rugby
London Wasps v Harlequins, 2pm, (ESPN)
Saracens v London Irish, 4.30pm (ESPN)
London Welsh v Leicester Tigers (Sky Sports)
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Oxford's Kassam Stadium – Welsh’s home ground for the season – will host the game and a week later they face champions Harlequins at Twickenham Stoop.
Director of rugby Lyn Jones said: 'It doesn’t get much tougher than Leicester for our first game.
'They’ve been the most successful club in English rugby over the last 10 years and would give us a tough game with a second team.
'We're not dull, we know we must win five or six games to be here next season.'
Harlequins open the defence of their first Premiership title against Wasps in the traditional double-header at Twickenham.