GLASGOW will visit Benetton on the opening weekend of the URC season before having their first home fixture against Cardiff a week later. Edinburgh start their campaign at home to the Dragons and then head to South Africa for games against the Bulls then the Stormers.
As usual, the two Scottish teams will meet twice over the festive period in the 1872 Cup, with the Warriors being at home in the first leg on the weekend before Christmas and Edinburgh welcoming their rivals to BT Murrayfield a week later.
Six of Glasgow’s first nine games are away, but that is balanced with a run of mainly home matches towards the end of the regular season.
Meanwhile, Edinburgh head coach Mike Blair said he was looking forward to year two at the DAM Health Stadium after the new ground played host to some highly entertaining games in both the league and the Challenge Cup last season. “Today’s announcement only adds to the excitement for what is set up to be another thrilling URC season, with huge match-ups across the year for supporters to look forward to,” Blair said.
“With all 18 rounds now confirmed, you can now get a sense of the season blueprint and those key match-ups that will be crucial as we look to build on a really promising URC campaign last season.
“With 50 days to go until Round 1 and a home opener against Dragons RFC at DAM Health Stadium, the squad and our support team continue to work tirelessly as pre-season preparations intensify.
“I’d encourage all Edinburgh supporters who’ve yet to get their Season Ticket to do so. Being part of ‘year one’ at DAM Health Stadium was such a special experience for all of us connected to the club and we need your backing once again for another massive campaign.”
The URC has so far only announced what weekend each fixture will be played on. Precise dates and kick-off times for rounds one to 18 are expected to be announced soon.
URC fixtures 2022-23
v Dragons (H) 16, 17 or 18 September
v Bulls (A) 23, 24 or 25 Sep
v Stormers (A) 30 Sep, 1 or 2 Oct
v Lions (H) 7, 8 or 9 Oct
v Benetton (H) 15, 16 or 17 Oct
v Zebre (A) 21, 22 or 23 Oct
v Cardiff (A) 28, 29 or 30 Oct
v Benetton (A) 25, 26 or 27 Nov
v Munster (H) 2, 3 or 4 Dec
v Glasgow (A) 23, 24 or 25 Dec
v Glasgow (H) 30, 31 Dec or 1 Jan
v Zebre (H) 6, 7 or 8 Jan
v Sharks (H) 27, 28 or 29 Jan
v Scarlets (A) 17, 18 or 19 Feb
v Leinster (H) 3, 4 or 5 Mar
v Connacht (A) 24, 25 or 26 Mar
v Ospreys (H) 14, 15 or 16 Apr
v Ulster (A) 21, 22 or 23 Apr.
v Benetton (A) 16, 17 or 18 September
v Cardiff (H) 23, 24 or 25 Sep
v Ospreys (A) 30 Sep, 1 or 2 Oct
v Bulls (H) 7, 8 or 9 Oct
v Sharks (A) 15, 16 or 17 Oct
v Lions (A) 21, 22 or 23 Oct
v Benetton (H) 28, 29 or 30 Oct
v Leinster (A) 25, 26 or 27 Nov
v Zebre (A) 2, 3 or 4 Dec
v Edinburgh (H) 23, 24 or 25 Dec
v Edinburgh (A) 30, 31 Dec or 1 Jan
v Stormers (H) 6, 7 or 8 Jan
v Dragons (A) 27, 28 or 29 Jan
v Ulster (H) 17, 18 or 19 Feb
v Zebre (H) 3, 4 or 5 Mar
v Munster (A) 24, 25 or 26 Mar
v Scarlets (H) 14, 15 or 16 Apr
v Connacht (H) 21, 22 or 23 Apr.