DATES AND KICK-OFF times for the opening fixtures in the inaugural Rainbow Cup have been revealed this afternoon.
The first three rounds will consist of a series of derby games (Scottish and Italian sides are paired together), with details of rounds 4-6 yet to be confirmed.
Pro14 Rugby is awaiting “all necessary approvals and permissions from the relevant governments and health authorities for the South African teams to travel”, organisers said in a statement.
The first game will see the DHL Stormers take on the Cell C Sharks on Friday 23 April (6pm). Later that evening (8.15pm), Ulster will host Connacht.
On Saturday 24 April, there will be a repeat of the recent Guinness Pro14 final when Leinster welcome Munster back to the RDS (7.35pm)
Friday 23 April
DHL Stormers v Cell C Sharks – KO 18:00Ulster v Connacht – KO 20:15Edinburgh v Zebre Rugby Club – KO 20:15
Saturday 24 April
Benetton v Glasgow Warriors – KO 13:00Vodacom Bulls v Emirates Lions – KO 15:00Ospreys v Cardiff Blues – KO 17:15Leinster v Munster – KO 19:35
Sunday 25 April
Dragons v Scarlets – KO 13:00Round 2
Friday 30 April
Cell C Sharks v Emirates Lions – KO 18:00
Saturday 1 May
DHL Stormers v Vodacom Bulls – KO 16:00
Friday 7 May
Zebre Rugby Club v Benetton – KO 18:00Munster v Ulster – KO 20:15Glasgow Warriors v Edinburgh – KO 20:15
Saturday 8 May
Connacht v Leinster – KO 19:35Scarlets v Ospreys – KO 19:35
Sunday 9 May
Cardiff Blues v Dragons – KO 13:00Round 3
Saturday 8 May
Emirates Lions v DHL Stormers – KO 15:00Vodacom Bulls v Cell C Sharks – KO 17:15