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Leinster kickstart PRO12 in repeat of decider

LEINSTER will open their Guinness PRO12 account against Glasgow Warriors on Saturday, September 6 at Scotstoun Stadium (5.15).

It's a repeat of last decider which Leinster won at the RDS (34-12).

Another Irish-Scottish clash will kickstart the new season the previous night, when last season's beaten semi-finalists Munster host Edinburgh at Thomond Park.

Ulster travel to face Scarlets in their opener while Connacht will face the Newport Gwent Dragons.

Leinster and Munster will clash in round five at the Aviva Stadium on October 4, before the reverse fixture on 26 December.

Meanwhile, Connacht forwards Andrew Browne and Aly Muldowney have both picked up injuries ahead of the new season.

Browne, who sustained a meniscal tear to his knee, is due to see a surgeon today but looks set to be out for five weeks.

Second row Muldowney will also be sidelined for up to five weeks following an ankle sprain.

Connacht winger Matt Healy suffered a small hand fracture and is now looking at a four-week rehab programme, while centre Dave McSharry will be forced to sit out training this week due to a mild ankle sprain.

Jake Heenan, Ronan Loughney and Jack Carty have all resumed full training and are in line to feature in Connacht's final pre-season game against Wasps on August 23. Robbie Henshaw, Kieran Marmion and Rodney Ah You are all involved in Ireland's three-day training camp this week in Carton House and will return to Galway tomorrow.