MUNSTER will open their Guinness PRO12 campaign against Edinburgh at Thomond Park on Friday, September 5, 7.35pm, it has been confirmed.
Details of dates, kick-off times and broadcast details for the opening 13 rounds of the new Guinness PRO12 have been announced by the tournament organisers.
Following their opening tie against Edinburgh, Anthony Foley’s Munster side face Benetton Treviso side a week later in Italy, before playing host to further Italian opposition Zebre on Friday, September 19 at Thomond Park, 7.30pm.
Munster welcome Ospreys to Limerick for Round 4 on Saturday September 27, with the province playing their first interprovincial game of the season the following Saturday against current PRO12 champions Leinster at the AVIVA Stadium.
Munster’s Rounds 6, 7 and 8 fixtures are an all Welsh affairs, beginning with the visit of Scarlets on Friday October 10, before the province travels to Cardiff Blues on Saturday November 1, while a date and kick off time has yet to be finalised for an away encounter with Newport Gwent Dragons on the weekend of November 21-23.
Thomond Park will stage its first interprovincial of the season when Munster welcome Ulster to Limerick on Friday November 28, and the province will hope to avenge last season’s PRO12 semi-final defeat when they return to Scotstoun stadium to face Glasgow Warriors on Saturday December 20 in a game which could feature former Munster centre James Downey.
After a six day turn around, Munster will play host to Leinster at Thomond Park with the glamour St Stephen’s Day fixture set for a 5pm kick-off.
Munster will round off the festive season with another interprovincial clash, this time away to Connacht on New Years Day at 5pm.
With the redevelopment of Musgrave Park now underway, all pre-Christmas fixtures will be played at Thomond Park, while four PRO12 games for the refurbished Cork venue will be scheduled for the New Year.