Tigers kick off defence at Sale

RUGBY UNION: Premiership champions Leicester will begin their defence away to Sale on the first weekend in September.<br /><br />The traditional curtain-raising London double-header at Twickenham will see Saracens play last-year&rsquo;s runners-up London Irish and Wasps face Harlequins.<br /><br />Gloucester host a west country derby against Bath while newly-promoted Leeds Carnegie meet Newcastle.<br /><br />Northampton will play Worcester, as they did in last year&rsquo;s opening round.