The fixture list has been announced for the 2023/24 BKT United Rugby Championship season.
Connacht will begin their campaign at home to Ospreys on Saturday 21st October (k/o 3pm), in what is the first of three consecutive home games to kick off the new season. Glasgow Warriors (28/10 @ 3pm) and Ulster Rugby (4/11 @ 7.35pm) complete the opening block of home games.
The annual trip to South Africa takes place in November, with a trip to Durban to face the Sharks on the 18th November, before a meeting with the Bulls in Pretoria the following week.
The Christmas period sees Pete Wilkins' side head to Ulster on Friday 22nd December, before a unique New Years Day meeting with Munster at The Sportsground on Monday 1st January. Kick-off time for that game is to be confirmed.
An exciting final three games is in store, with a trip to champions Munster on the 11th May, the final home game of the season against runners-up the Stormers the following week, and then the final regular league game of the season away to Leinster on 31st May.