Next month the 2022-23 URC season starts again and it will start with a bang after the times have been confirmed last week.

Ulster will host Connacht in Belfast, The Ospreys will face Scarlets in Llanelli and the Emirates Lions will host the Vodacom Bulls in Round 1.

The Round 1 fixtures will kickoff with Benetton hosting Glasgow on Friday the 16th September.

Last season saw a thrilling end to the match with the Italians claiming a 19-18 win.

Glasgow has a new coach this year in Franco Smith and they will want to start on a winning note when they go to Italy.

Also on Friday the 16th Cardiff will host Munster who also have a new coach in Graham Rowntree this season.

They will want to add to their six-match winning streak against men from Cardiff.

Cardiff last beat Munster in 2018 at Arms Park.

On Saturday the first game will be Zebre to welcome Irish side Leinster. The Italian side will have the most difficult fixture to start their season as Leinster will surely be one of the favorites again to go all the way this time around.

The last time Leinster was in town they ran away with the Italian side beating them 48-31 and 43-7 at home in Dublin.

Next up will be the first South African derbies with the Lions hosting the Bulls at Emirates Airline Park.

The Bulls had a successful season last year reaching the final although they could not pull it through against the Stormers in the final.

The Bulls beat the Lions last season 34-10 in Johannesburg and 21-13 in Pretoria. A Good start is what most SA sides will be wishing for this season as they will be playing without their Boks in the first couple of rounds.

Next up in Round 1 will see Scarlets opening their campaign against Ospreys.

It is normally a thriller and we do not expect anything else from these two sides on the day.

Ospreys came back from a 24-14 lead at halftime last season to win the game 54-36.

Scarlets won earlier in the season 22-19. Ospreys however have not triumphed at Parc y since 2015.

The Next match will see Edinburgh hosting the Dragons in the Capital.

The last time the Dragons went to Scotland they loss 20-7 and they will want to turn that around this time.

The Dragons did beat Edinburgh 20-17 in March before Edinburgh beat the 30-14.

The last match in Round one will see Ulster welcoming Connacht. This has always been an exciting fixture with Connacht that has won the last 10 times.

They beat them in February 32-12 and 36-11 last season.

For the Full Fixtures Schedule visit the URC Site HERE

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