Celtic League fixture dates confirmed
August 3, 2011
Defending champions Munster will hope to kick-start their campaign on Saturday September 3. © PA Photos
The 2011-12 RaboDirect PRO12 battle lines have been confirmed with the Ospreys and Ulster kicking off the new season on Friday September 2.
In the opening weekend of fixtures - Ulster will host the Glasgow Warriors at Ravenhill on the Friday evening while the Ospreys kick-off at the same time (19.05) against Leinster. Edinburgh complete the opening evening's fixtures with a home clash against the Cardiff Blues at Murrayfield at the slightly later time of 19.30
On the first Saturday of the campaign - September 3 - defending champions Munster start their season against the Dragons at Musgrave Park while Treviso kick-off theirs against Heineken Cup debutants Connacht.
The opening weekend of the 2011-12 season is concluded at Parc y Scarlets with the Llanelli based region the Scarlets aiming to start their campaign on the right note against Aironi.
For a full rundown on the 2011-12 fixtures click here.
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