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The Independent Online
Scotland, just back from a six-match tour of South Africa, are to tour Australia next summer, with a warm-up match in Fiji. The tour will start in May shortly after the SRU Tennents Cup Finals.

Newly promoted Newcastle face a tough start in the top flight with an opening league fixture in the Allied Dunbar Premiership away to Bath. The opening-day First Division fixtures, to be played on 23 August, also feature Richmond, promoted with Newcastle from Courage League Two last season, against London Irish and a West country derby between Gloucester and Bristol.

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