their GUINNESS PRO12 opener live on Sky Sports on Saturday, September 6.
Another Irish-Scottish clash will kick off proceedings on Friday night - live on TG4 - as last season's beaten semi-finalists Munster host Edinburgh at Thomond Park.
The Ospreys will be the first Welsh side in action live on BBC Wales, taking on Benetton Treviso at the Liberty Stadium on Friday, while the Scarlets welcome Ulster the following afternoon in front of the Sky TV cameras.
Elsewhere Connacht will lock horns with Newport Gwent Dragons before Zebre and the Cardiff Blues bring the first weekend to a close when they do battle in Parma on Sunday.
Further down the schedule, Leinster and Munster will meet in round 5 for a much-anticipated clash at the Aviva Stadium, before the reverse fixture on December 26.
The Welsh derbies will take place on December 26/27 and January 1/3, while the Scottish derbies have been scheduled for December 27 and January 2.
In Italy Treviso and Zebre will go head-to-head on December 27 before the sides meet again just a week later.
Please note that broadcast details for Northern Ireland and Italy will be confirmed in due course. In addition, a list of secondary broadcasters will also be released in the near future.
The full GUINNESS PRO12 fixtures for rounds 1 to 13 can be found here.