The 2015/16 GUINNESS PRO12 campaign will kick off on Friday, September 4 with last season's beaten semi-finalists - Ulster and the Ospreys - going head-to-head at Kingspan Stadium, and Leinster visiting Edinburgh.
The draw for this year's Limerick World Club 7s tournament at Thomond Park took place earlier today, with all four Irish provinces taking part for the first time. Notably, Connacht and Ulster have been drawn together in Pool C.
An already exciting weekend of rugby action at the Limerick World Club 7s has been further bolstered by the news that Connacht will now play their pre-season game against Munster at Thomond Park on the Friday night of the festival (August 21) at 7.45pm.
Connacht have announced that tickets for thei opening pre-season friendly against FC Grenoble will go on sale this Friday (July 10) with a special 'Power Hour' offer from 10am-11am whereby supporters can purchase adult tickets for just ?10*.
Beaten semi-finalists this past season, Leinster have been handed the stiffest of draws in the 2015/16 European Champions Cup - they have reigning European champions Toulon, Aviva Premiership runners-up Bath and resurgent Wasps for company in Pool 5.
Connacht's quest to qualify for next season's European Champions Cup takes them back to Kingsholm on Sunday where they will be gunning for revenge against their Challenge Cup conquerors from earlier in the season, Gloucester.
Ospreys scrum half Rhys Webb won the Players' Player of the Season award and his Edinburgh counterpart Sam Hidalgo-Clyne was selected as the Young Player of the Season at the GUINNESS PRO12 Awards evening in the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin tonight.
A last-minute try from Denis Buckley earned Connacht a deserved losing bonus point at home to the Ospreys, as the province secured their best-ever GUINNESS PRO12 finish of seventh and qualified for a European Champions Cup play-off away to Gloucester.
Connacht enter the final round of the GUINNESS PRO12 in seventh place which would secure them a European Champions Cup play-off away to Gloucester. The westerners could yet finish in the top six depending on how they get on against the Ospreys and results elsewhere.