Arguably the pick of week one’s fixtures is the clash that’s set to unfold at Adams Park, where London Wasps host Harlequins.
In a crucial story of key battles, the hosts will have their first taste of what life will be like without the presence of Billy Vunipola in the pack while Harlequins don’t have quite as many issues.
Having said that, Quins have only managed to win one of their three preseason outings and, despite having a very impressive squad of their own, are set to fall victim to one of the Premiership’s re-emerging sides.
Last season, this fixture may have looked like somewhat of a mismatch, but Wasps undoubtedly have as much, if not, more strength than Quins on the wings, boasting the considerable talents of Christian Wade and Tom Varndell.
And it’s in the backs that this encounter will be decided as Conor O’Shea fields Ugo Monye and Mike Brown, as well as former Wasp Paul Sackey in a bid to turn things in his favour.
Preseason went slightly different for Wasps and Dai Young has been quoted by BBC Sport as saying that his club’s briefer summer break will put the team in good stead for a better season.
This Saturday will be the first test as to just whether or not that tactic has paid off, with his improving Wasps side set to repay him with an opening win.