LONDON Irish will start their 2012/13 Amlin Challenge Cup campaign with a trip to Bordeaux-Begles in the south of France on Saturday, October 13 at the Stade Andre-Moga.

Exiles return home a week later to host another French team, Mont-de-Marsan, before back-to-back fixtures against Premiership rivals Gloucester on December 8 and 15.

Brian Smith's men then go to Mont-de-Marsan in round five on the weekend of January 10 and complete the group stage with a home match against Bordeaux the next weekend.