Although the Saints and Leinster have come up against each other in pre-season over the past three summers, Saturday’s game at a sold-out Franklin’s Gardens is the first competitive meeting since the 2011 final.
That unforgettable Millennium Stadium occasion came at the end of Clark’s first season as a Saint. The flanker played in Cardiff and says that the back-to-back games against the Irish province could represent an exciting two weekends of action.
“Leinster are a proper team,” he told the Saints podcast. “They’ll be coming to town to do a proper job and perform. It’s a good European rivalry for us with what happened in the final. They’re a good side and great to play against.
“They play a good brand of rugby and pose a lot of challenges. So it’s up to us to prepare for them and negate them in the game. It’s going to be a real test of how we do things, a test of our preparation and whether we can execute that on the day.
“As a rugby player it’s great that you’re going to be challenged in a tough environment with a great side full of top players.
“It’s going to be an exciting couple of weeks.”
You can hear the full interview with Clark in this week’s official Saints podcast, available for FREE on Friday by CLICKING HERE!