With the start of Guinness PRO14 season just around the corner, the first fixture list for the newly expanded Championship has been announced.

Martin Anayi, CEO PRO14 Rugby, commented: “Our expansion into South Africa has the future of the Championship at its heart – more sustainable clubs, attracting the best players, taking on different styles of rugby and entertaining the fans from whistle to whistle – and the release of these fixtures aims to immediately deliver on that.

“With all the exciting news that has surrounded the unveiling of the Guinness PRO14 we know the fans have been eager to see the fixture list, but hopefully the wait has been worthwhile as we believe these fixtures will further enhance the excitement across each of the Championship’s five territories.”

Five things that jump out from Edinburgh Rugby’s fixture list

Edinburgh PRO14 fixtures

They will head to Wales to take on the Cardiff Blues in their first match on Friday, September 1 at 7.35pm with the fixture set to be on BBC ALBA.

The first home match of the season comes seven days later when the Dragons are the visitors to Myreside with a 7.35pm kick-off.

Another home match then follows on September 15 against Treviso.

They will make their first trip to South Africa to face the new additions to the league in November and December. They are due to take on the Cheetahs on November 25 and then the Southern Kings on December 1.

They will host the Warriors at BT Murrayfield on December 23 with the sides meeting again at Scotstoun on December 30. The aggregate score from those two clashes will see who wins the 1872 Cup while they play again in April in Edinburgh.

Five things that jump out from Glasgow Warriors’ fixture list

Glasgow PRO14 fixtures

On the opening weekend they take on old foes Connacht, the match taking place in Galway on Saturday, September 2 at 7.35pm on BBC ALBA.

First up at home is the Ospreys on Saturday, September 9, Scotstoun will be rocking!

They are on the road to South Africa at the start of October to play the Cheetahs.

Back-to-back home matches come on Friday, October 27 and Friday, November 3 when the Southern Kings and then Leinster come calling.

They will visit Edinburgh at BT Murrayfield on December 23 with the sides meeting again at Scotstoun on December 30. The aggregate score from those two clashes will see who wins the 1872 Cup while they play again in April in Edinburgh.

Full fixtures can be viewed at here

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