Fixtures for 2022/23 season of United Rugby Championship unveiled

The URC will kick off on 16 September
The URC will kick off on 16 September
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The fixtures for the 2022/23 season of the United Rugby Championship has been unveiled with the competition kicking off on 16th September.

The opening round will begin with Edinburgh Rugby hosting Dragons while Scarlets will be playing Ospreys in a battle of the Welsh provinces. Connacht will be heading to the Kingspan Stadium for their first game against Ulster while Italian sides Zebre and Benetton will host Leinster and Glasgow respectively.

Defending champions DHL Stormers will make their first appearance since lifting the Trophy in Cape Town as they host Connacht in the second round.

The 18th and final round will come to a conclusion on 21/22/23 April next year.

The URC format will see all 16 teams ranked across a single table which will reward the top eight teams with their places in the Final Eight (quarter-finals), followed by a Final Four (semi-finals) to set the stage for the Grand Final.

“The diversity of our league we so proudly celebrate, is also a reason for the immense complexity of putting together our Season 2 fixtures," said URC chief executive Martin Anayi.

"This is a monumental task, and it takes many stakeholders many long hours dedicated to making this the best club rugby championship in the world.

"We have to consider a variety of factors across our 16 clubs and five territories, but we believe that our season schedule will give our fans the best rugby week in and week out.

"My heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who has worked tirelessly to put together a blockbuster fixture list right from Round 1.”

Round 1 Fixtures:

Friday, September 16 / Saturday, September 17 / Sunday, September 18

Edinburgh Rugby v Dragons RFC
Ulster v Connacht
Benetton v Glasgow Warriors
Zebre Parma v Leinster
Scarlets v Ospreys
Cardiff Rugby v Munster
Cell C Sharks v DHL Stormers **Feb 3/4
Emirates Lions v Vodacom Bulls **Feb 3/4

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