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Edinburgh will host Scarlets in their new stadium on the opening weekend of the new United Rugby Championship season while Glasgow Warriors face an away game at Ulster.

a man holding a football ball on a field © Edinburgh and Glasgow Warriors will both travel to South Africa in the spring to play United Rugby C...

The capital club, who will play their home games at Edinburgh Rugby Stadium on the back pitches at Murrayfield, will meet the Welsh side on Saturday, September 25 (kick-off 5.15pm. Glasgow’s game in Belfast is on Friday, September 24 (7.35pm).

The fixtures have finally been released for the competition which replaces the Pro14 and matchday two sees the Warriors at home to Cell C Sharks on Saturday, October 2, while Edinburgh travel to Italy to take on Benetton on the same day.

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Sharks are one of the four South African franchises joining the new league. Edinburgh and Glasgow will each play two matches in South Africa but not until next year.

Edinburgh will take on the Sharks away on the weekend of March 25-26-27 and the Emirates Lions on the weekend of April 1-2-3.

Glasgow make the long journey to take on DHL Stormers on April 22-23-24 and Vodacom Bulls on the weekend of April 29-30 and May 1

The Scottish pro sides will meet each other in two now traditional festive derbies, at Scotstoun on December 27 and in Edinburgh on January 2.

Premier Sports will show live coverage of Edinburgh and Glasgow but some games will also be broadcast free-to-air on BBC Wales, BBC Northern Ireland and Welsh language channel S4C which will have English commentary available on the red button.

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United Rugby Championship fixtures

Round 1

Friday, September 24

Zebre v Emirates Lions | 17:35 UK / 18:35 ITA & SA | Super Sport, Premier Sports

Ulster v Glasgow Warriors | 19:35 UK / 20:35 ITA & SA | Premier Sports

Cardiff v Connacht | 19:35 UK / 20:35 ITA & SA | BBC Wales, TG4, Premier Sports

Saturday, September 25

Benetton v DHL Stormers | 13:00 UK / 14:00 ITA & SA | Italian TV, Super Sport, Premier Sports

Leinster v Vodacom Bulls | 17:15 UK / 18:15 ITA & SA | TG4, Super Sport, Premier Sports

Edinburgh v Scarlets | 17:15 UK / 18:15 ITA & SA | Premier Sports, S4C

Munster v Sharks | 19:35 UK / 20:35 ITA & SA | RTE, Super Sport, Premier Sports

Sunday, September 26

Dragons v Ospreys | 14:00 UK / 15:00 ITA & SA | Premier Sports

Round 2

Friday, October 1

Connacht v Vodacom Bulls | 19:35 UK / 20:35 ITA & SA | TG4, Super Sport, Premier Sports

Scarlets v Emirates Lions | 19:35 UK / 20:35 ITA & SA | BBC Wales, Super Sport, Premier Sports

Saturday, October 2

Friday night lights are back for Glasgow Warriors as fans return after 18-month absence

  Friday night lights are back for Glasgow Warriors as fans return after 18-month absence Rugby on a Friday returns to Glasgow’s west end for one night only as the Warriors take on Newcastle Falcons in a pre-season friendly. © Sione Tuipulotu will make his Glasgow Warriors debut against Newcastle. Picture: Alan Harvey/SNS It may be a non-competitive fixture but the game is freighted with significance for home supporters who will be attending a match at Scotstoun for the first time since February 2020.Covid-19 kept them away for the whole of last season and the virus continues to cast a shadow, with Warriors coach Danny Wilson deprived of half a dozen players who are isolating.

Benetton v Edinburgh | 13:00 UK / 14:00 ITA & SA | Italian TV, Super Sport, Premier Sports

Glasgow Warriors v Cell C Sharks | 15:00 UK / 16:00 ITA & SA | Premier Sports, Super Sport

Zebre v Ulster | 17:15 UK / 18:15 ITA & SA | Premier Sports

Dragons v Leinster | TBC | S4C, RTÉ, Premier Sports

Ospreys v Cardiff | 19:35 UK / 20:35 ITA & SA | Premier Sports

Munster v DHL Stormers | 19:35 UK / 20:35 ITA & SA | RTE, Super Sport, Premier Sports

Round 3

Friday, October 8

Ulster v Benetton | 19:35 UK / 20:35 ITA & SA | BBC NI, Premier Sports, TG4

Ospreys v Cell C Sharks | 19:35 UK / 20:35 ITA & SA | BBC Wales, Super Sport, Premier Sports

Saturday, October 9

Leinster v Zebre | 13:00 UK / 14:00 ITA & SA | RTE, Italian TV, Premier Sports

Mark Bennett backs Edinburgh Rugby’s quick pitch and atmospheric new stadium to give them an advantage

  Mark Bennett backs Edinburgh Rugby’s quick pitch and atmospheric new stadium to give them an advantage Edinburgh Rugby opened their doors to the public at the weekend to give supporters their first experience of the club’s new stadium. © Mark Bennett, left, with new Edinburgh head coach Mike Blair. Picture: Paul Devlin/SNS There were only a few hundred inside but they made enough noise to suggest the flit from the international pitch at Murrayfield should pay dividends, at least in terms of atmosphere.Edinburgh have been rattling around the 67,000-capacity ground for too long and the move to their new home, built at a cost of £5.7 million on the back pitches, is long overdue.

Glasgow Warriors v Emirates Lions | 15:00 UK / 16:00 ITA & SA | Premier Sports, Super Sport

Connacht v Dragons | 17:15 UK / 18:15 ITA & SA | TG4, S4C, Premier Sports

Edinburgh v DHL Stormers | 17:15 UK / 18:15 ITA & SA | Premier Sports, Super Sport

Cardiff v Vodacom Bulls | 19:35 UK / 20:35 ITA & SA | S4C, Super Sport, Premier Sports

Sunday, October 10

Scarlets v Munster | 14:00 UK / 15:00 ITA & SA | S4C, RTE, Premier Sports

Round 4

Ben Vellacott eyes Scotland call - but knows he has to produce for Edinburgh first

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Friday, October 15

Ulster v Lions | 19:35 UK / 20:35 ITA & SA | BBC NI, Super Sport, Premier Sports, RTE

Dragons v DHL Stormers | 19:35 UK / 20:35 ITA & SA | BBC Wales, Super Sport, Premier Sports

Saturday, October 16

Zebre v Glasgow Warriors | 13:00 UK / 14:00 ITA & SA | Italian TV, Premier Sports

Glasgow Warriors coach Danny Wilson lays down target in Scottish-Italian pool of United Rugby Championship

  Glasgow Warriors coach Danny Wilson lays down target in Scottish-Italian pool of United Rugby Championship Danny Wilson has set an initial target for Glasgow Warriors of finishing top of the Scottish-Italian pool in the new United Rugby Championship. © Prop Simon Berghan joined Glasgow Warriors from Edinburgh during the close season. Picture: Ross Mac... The club’s head coach would also like to see them retain the 1872 Cup and it’s fair to say the twin aims are inter-linked.The URC kicks off on Friday for Glasgow with a game against Ulster in Belfast, a tough starter for the Warriors who lost home and away to Dan McFarland’s side last season.

Benetton v Ospreys | 15:00 UK / 16:00 ITA & SA | S4C, Premier Sports

Leinster v Scarlets | 17:15 UK / 18:15 ITA & SA | TG4, S4C, Premier Sports

Edinburgh v Vodacom Bulls | 17:15 UK / 18:15 ITA & SA | Premier Sports, Super Sport

Munster v Connacht | 19:35 UK / 20:35 ITA & SA | RTÉ, Premier Sports

Cardiff v Cell C Sharks | 19:35 UK / 20:35 ITA & SA | S4C, Super Sport, Premier Sports

Round 5

Friday, October 22

Scarlets v Benetton | 19:35 UK / 20:35 ITA & SA | BBC Wales, Premier Sports

Saturday, October 23

Zebre v Edinburgh | 13:00 UK / 14:00 ITA & SA | Italian TV, Premier Sports

Ben Vellacott excels as Edinburgh christen new stadium with thrilling bonus-point win over Scarlets

  Ben Vellacott excels as Edinburgh christen new stadium with thrilling bonus-point win over Scarlets Edinburgh’s new era began in victorious fashion as they defeated Scarlets with a bonus point win amid raucous scenes at their new stadium. © Edinburgh's Darcy Graham scores the first of his tries against Scarlets. Picture: Paul Devlin/SNS The 26-22 victory was greeted with a huge roar by a home crowd who witnessed some thrilling rugby from their team.New scrum-half Ben Vellacott was particularly impressive, a constant thorn in the side of the Welsh team due to his speed of thought and fleet of foot.

Glasgow Warriors v Leinster | 15:00 UK / 16:00 ITA & SA | Premier Sports, TG4

Connacht v Ulster | 17:15 UK / 18:15 ITA & SA | TG4, Premier Sports

Cardiff v Dragons | 17:15 UK / 18:15 ITA & SA | Premier Sports

Ospreys v Munster | 19:35 UK / 20:35 ITA & SA | S4C, RTÉ, Premier Sports

Round 6

Friday, November 26

Connacht v Ospreys | 19:35 UK / 20:35 ITA/ 21:35 SA | RTE, BBC Wales, Premier Sports

Saturday, November 27

DHL Stormers v Zebre | 13:00 UK / 14:00 ITA / 15:00 SA | Super Sport, Premier Sports

Benetton v Glasgow Warriors | 13:00 UK / 14:00 ITA / 15:00 SA | Italian TV, Premier Sports

Cell C Sharks v Scarlets | 15:30 UK / 16:30 ITA / 17:30 SA | Super Sport, S4C, Premier Sports

Dragons v Edinburgh | 17:15 UK / 18:15 ITA / 19:15 SA | Premier Sports

Vodacom Bulls v Munster | 17:45 UK / 18:45 ITA / 19:45 SA | Super Sport, TG4, Premier Sports

Leinster v Ulster | 20:00 UK / 21:00 ITA / 22:00 SA | RTE, Premier Sports

Sunday, November 28

Emirates Lions v Cardiff | 14:00 UK / 15:00 ITA / 16:00 SA | Super Sport, S4C, Premier Sports

Round 7

Friday, December 3

Vodacom Bulls v Scarlets | 17:35 UK / 18:35 ITA / 19:35 SA | Super Sport, BBC Wales, Premier Sports

Edinburgh v Benetton | 19:35 UK / 20:35 ITA / 21:35 SA | Premier Sports

Leinster v Connacht | 19:45 UK / 20:45 ITA / 21:45 SA | TG4, Premier Sports

Saturday, December 4

Cell C Sharks v Zebre | 13:00 UK / 14:00 ITA / 15:00 SA | Super Sport, Italian TV, Premier Sports

Ospreys v Ulster | 15:00 UK / 16:00 ITA / 17:00 SA | Premier Sports

Emirates Lions v Munster | 15:30 UK / 16:30 ITA / 17:30 SA | Super Sport, RTE, Premier Sports

Glasgow Warriors v Dragons | 17:15 UK / 18:15 ITA / 19:15 SA | Premier Sports

DHL Stormers v Cardiff | 17:45 UK / 18:45 ITA / 19:45 SA | Super Sport, S4C, Premier Sports

Round 8

Friday, December 24

Zebre v Benetton | 13:00 UK / 14:00 ITA / 15:00 SA | Italian TV, Premier Sports

Sunday, December 26

Cardiff v Scarlets | 15:00 UK / 16:00 ITA / 17:00 SA | BBC Wales, Premier Sports

Ulster v Connacht | 17:15 UK / 18:15 ITA / 19:15 SA | BBC NI, TG4, Premier Sports

Ospreys v Dragons | 17:15 UK / 18:15 ITA / 19:15 SA | S4C, Premier Sports

Munster v Leinster | 19:35 UK / 20:35 ITA / 21:35 SA | RTE, Premier Sports

Monday, December 27

Glasgow Warriors v Edinburgh | 19:00 UK / 20:00 ITA / 21:00 SA | Premier Sports

Round 9

Saturday, January 1

Dragons v Cardiff | 15:00 UK / 16:00 ITA / 17:00 SA | BBC Wales, Premier Sports

Connacht v Munster | 17:15 UK / 18:15 ITA / 19:15 SA | TG4, Premier Sports

Scarlets v Ospreys | 17:15 UK / 18:15 ITA / 19:15 SA | S4C, Premier Sports

Ulster v Leinster | 19:35 UK / 20:35 ITA / 21:35 SA | Premier Sports, TG4

Sunday, January 2

Benetton v Zebre | 13:00 UK / 14:00 ITA / 15:00 SA | Italian TV, Premier Sports

Edinburgh v Glasgow Warriors | 14:00 UK / 15:00 ITA / 16:00 SA | Premier Sports

Round 10

Friday, January 7

Leinster v Emirates Lions | 19:35 UK / 20:35 ITA / 21 :35 SA | TG4, Super Sport, Premier Sports

Saturday, January 8

Benetton v Cell C Sharks | 13:00 UK / 14:00 ITA / 15:00 SA | Italian TV, Super Sport, Premier Sports

Zebre v Vodacom Bulls | 15:00 UK / 16:00 ITA / 17:00 SA | Super Sport, Premier Sports

Edinburgh v Cardiff | 15:00 UK / 16:00 ITA / 17:00 SA | BBC Wales, Premier Sports

Connacht v DHL Stormers | 17:00 UK / 18:00 ITA / 19:00 SA | RTE, Super Sport, Premier Sports

Glasgow Warriors v Ospreys | 17:15 UK / 18:15 ITA / 19:15 SA | Premier Sports, S4C

Munster v Ulster | 19:35 UK / 20:35 ITA / 21 :35 SA | RTE, Super Sport, Premier Sports

Scarlets v Dragons | 19:35 UK / 20:35 ITA / 21 :35 SA | Premier Sports

Round 11 – Weekend of Jan 28/29/30

Connacht v Glasgow Warriors

Ulster v Scarlets

Cardiff v Leinster

Dragons v Benetton

Ospreys v Edinburgh

Vodacom Bulls v Emirates Lions

DHL Stormers v Cell C Sharks

Zebre v Munster

Round 5 (SA Derbies) - Weekend of Feb 4/5/6

Emirates Lions v Cell C Sharks | TBC | Super Sport, Premier Sports

DHL Stormers v Vodacom Bulls | TBC | Super Sport, Premier Sports

Round 8 (SA Derbies) – Weekend of Feb 11/12/13

Vodacom Bulls v Cell C Sharks | TBC | Super Sport, Premier Sports

DHL Stormers v Emirates Lions | TBC | Super Sport, Premier Sports

Round 12 – Weekend of Feb 18/19/20

Leinster v Ospreys

Munster v Edinburgh

Cardiff v Zebre

Dragons v Ulster

Scarlets v Connacht

Emirates Lions v DHL Stormers

Cell C Sharks v Vodacom Bulls

Glasgow Warriors v Benetton

Round 13 - Weekend of Mar 4/5/6

Munster v Dragons

Ulster v Cardiff

Scarlets v Glasgow Warriors

Ospreys v Zebre

Vodacom Bulls v DHL Stormers

Cell C Sharks v Emirates Lions

Edinburgh v Connacht

Benetton v Leinster

Round 9 (SA Derbies) – Weekend of March 18/19/20

Emirates Lions v Vodacom Bulls | TBC | Super Sport, Premier Sports

Cell C Sharks v DHL Stormers | TBC | Super Sport, Premier Sports

Round 14 – Weekend of March 25/26/27

Connacht v Leinster

Munster v Benetton

Cardiff v Glasgow Warriors

Vodacom Bulls v Dragons

Emirates Lions v Ospreys

Cell C Sharks v Edinburgh

DHL Stormers v Ulster

Zebre v Scarlets

Round 15 – Weekend of April 1/2/3

Leinster v Munster

Scarlets v Cardiff

Vodacom Bulls v Ulster

Emirates Lions v Edinburgh

Cell C Sharks v dragons

DHL Stormers v Ospreys

Glasgow Warriors v Zebre

Benetton v Connacht

Round 16 – Weekend of April 22/23/24

Ulster v Munster

Cardiff v Ospreys

Dragons v Scarlets

Vodacom Bulls v Benetton

Emirates Lions v Connacht

Cell C Sharks v Leinster

DHL Stormers v Glasgow Warriors

Edinburgh v Zebre

Round 17 – Weekend of April 29/30 and May 1

Munster v Cardiff

Ospreys v Scarlets

Vodacom Bulls v Glasgow Warriors

Emirates Lions v Benetton

Cell C Sharks v Connacht

DHL Stormers v Leinster

Edinburgh v Ulster

Zebre v Dragons

Round 18 – Weekend of May 20/21/22

Connacht v Zebre

Leinster v Edinburgh

Ulster v Cell C Sharks

Dragons v Emirates Lions

Scarlets v DHL Stormers

Ospreys v Vodacom Bulls

Glasgow Warriors v Munster

Benetton v Cardiff

Ben Vellacott excels as Edinburgh christen new stadium with thrilling bonus-point win over Scarlets .
Edinburgh’s new era began in victorious fashion as they defeated Scarlets with a bonus point win amid raucous scenes at their new stadium. © Edinburgh's Darcy Graham scores the first of his tries against Scarlets. Picture: Paul Devlin/SNS The 26-22 victory was greeted with a huge roar by a home crowd who witnessed some thrilling rugby from their team.New scrum-half Ben Vellacott was particularly impressive, a constant thorn in the side of the Welsh team due to his speed of thought and fleet of foot.

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