Wednesday 28 September 2016

League to kick off in early September

Matt Cassidy

Published 29/05/2015 | 02:30

Saturday's match in Belfast marks the end of the Pro12 season until September
Saturday's match in Belfast marks the end of the Pro12 season until September

This season comes to a conclusion tomorrow with Munster taking on the Glasgow Warriors at Kingspan Stadium in the Pro12 Grand Final.

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It has been a phenomenal year in the competition for the province finishing in second place, level on points with Glasgow.

No side has won more games in the league in 2015 than Anthony Foley's men - nine, including last week's nail-biting semi-final success over Ospreys - and Munster will travel to Belfast full of confidence knowing that they have the best record of any team on the road this season, with six victories and two draws.

And with the Guinness Pro12 reaching its climax this weekend with Munster still in the race, the key dates for 2015-16 season have been announced, with the new term kicking off on the weekend of September 4/5/6.

There will be two rounds of league action which will precede the World Cup's opening clash between England and Fiji at Twickenham on September 18, before a break of a fortnight for the province, to minimise disruption to the Pro12 during the autumn showcase.

The domestic competition returns to action on the weekend of October 3 for round three, with the fourth round taking pace two weeks later when the World Cup knock-out stages begin, with more international players likely to be available to the clubs at that juncture.

May 7, 2016, is pencilled in as the last day of the regular season, with the semi-final play-offs taking place a fortnight later on May 21. The final is set for Saturday, May 28, with the venue still to be confirmed.

Irish Independent

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