Kick-off times and dates for the first three rounds of the PRO14 Rainbow Cup has been confirmed, with the opening game – a coastal derby between the DHL Stormers and Cell C Sharks in Cape Town – getting proceedings underway in South Africa.
The match between the DHL Stormers and the Cell C Sharks is scheduled for 19h00 on Friday, 23 April at Cape Town Stadium, and will be followed by Ulster’s derby match with Connacht, and Zebre’s trip to Edinburgh.
On Saturday lunchtime, Benetton will host Glasgow Warriors to start off a run of four matches, which will see the Vodacom Bulls take on the Emirates Lions, Ospreys taking on Cardiff Blues and Leinster hosting Munster in a rematch of their Guinness PRO14 Final on 27 March.
Dragons and Scarlets will finish off the opening round on Sunday at Rodney Parade.
All the matches in the first round will be available live on SuperSport, as well as the other PRO14 network of broadcasters, Premier Sports, eir Sport and DAZN, with S4C and TG4 showing live free-to-air matches, deferred coverage and highlights throughout the Rainbow Cup.
Confirmation of the planned matches for rounds four to six will follow once PRO14 Rugby has received all necessary approvals and permissions from the relevant governments and health authorities for the South African teams to travel.
FIXTURES: FIRST THREE ROUNDS
(SA teams’ fixtures in italics, all kick-offs local time in South Africa)
Friday, 23 April
19h00: DHL Stormers v Cell C Sharks (Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town)
21h15: Edinburgh v Zebre (BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh)
21h15: Ulster v Connacht (Kingspan Stadium, Belfast)
Saturday, 24 April
14h00: Benetton v Glasgow Warriors (Stadio de Monigo, Treviso)
16h00: Vodacom Bulls v Emirates Lions (Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria)
18h15: Ospreys v Cardiff Blues (Liberty Stadium, Swansea)
20h35: Leinster v Munster (RDS Arena, Dublin)
Sunday, 25 April
14h00: Dragons v Scarlets (Rodney Parade, Newport)
Friday, 30 April
19h00: Cell C Sharks v Emirates Lions (Jonsson Kings Park, Durban)
Saturday, 1 May
17h00: DHL Stormers v Vodacom Bulls (Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town)
Friday, 7 May
19h00: Zebre v Benetton (Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi, Parma)
21h15: Munster v Ulster (Thomond Park, Limerick)
21h15: Glasgow Warriors v Edinburgh (Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow)
Saturday, 8 May
20h35: Connacht v Leinster (The Sportsground, Galway)
20h35: Scarlets v Ospreys (Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli)
Sunday, 9 May
14h00: Cardiff Blues v Dragons (Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff)
Saturday, 8 May
16h00: Emirates Lions v DHL Stormers (Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg)
18h15: Vodacom Bulls v Cell C Sharks (Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria)
Friday, 14 May
19h00: Munster v Connacht (Thomond Park, Limerick)
21h15: Leinster v Ulster (RDS Arena, Dublin)
Saturday, 15 May
16h00: Scarlets v Cardiff Blues (Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli)
18h15: Benetton v Zebre (Stadio de Monigo, Treviso)
20h35: Edinburgh v Glasgow Warriors (BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh)
Sunday, 16 May
16h00: Dragons v Ospreys (Rodney Parade, Newport)
Issued by SA Rugby Communications