20 May, 10:19
Irish Rugby TV spoke to Ireland interim head coach Les Kiss about the upcoming North America tour and his future within the management team.
Clontarf, who were defeated in the title decider in Lansdowne Road in May, will also begin their campaign at home when they face Galwegians.
Other fixtures on the opening day will see Buccaneers, beaten by Clontarf at the semi final stage last season, playing Belfast Harlequins at home. The other losing semi finalists, Lansdowne, will play Shannon away in Thomond Park. Newly promoted Dolphin will play their first game away to Co. Carlow.
Division One -Saturday 25th October. Ballymena v U.C.D.; Buccaneers v Belfast Harlequins; Clontarf v Galwegians; Cork Constitution v Dungannon; Co. Carlow v Dolphin; Shannon v Lansdowne; St. Mary's College v Garryowen; Blackrock College - Free.
Saturday 1st November Belfast Harlequins v Cork Constitution; Blackrock College v Co. Carlow; Dolphin v St. Mary's College; Dungannon v Shannon; Galwegians v Ballymena; Garryowen v Clontarf; U.C.D. v Buccaneers; Lansdowne - Free.
Saturday 8th November. Ballymena v Garryowen; Buccaneers v Galwegians; Clontarf v Dolphin; Cork Constitution v U.C.D.; Lansdowne v Dungannon; Shannon v Belfast Harlequins; St. Mary's College v Blackrock College; Co. Carlow - Free.
Saturday 15th November. Belfast Harlequins v Lansdowne; Blackrock College v Clontarf; Co. Carlow v St. Mary's College; Dolphin v Ballymena; Galwegians v Cork Constitution; Garryowen v Buccaneers; U.C.D. v Shannon; Dungannon - Free.
Saturday 29th November. Ballymena v Blackrock College; Buccaneers v Dolphin; Clontarf v Co. Carlow; Cork Constitution v Garryowen; Dungannon v Belfast Harlequins; Lansdowne v U.C.D.; Shannon v Galwegians; St. Mary's College - Free.
Saturday 6th December Blackrock College v Buccaneers; Co. Carlow v Ballymena; Dolphin v Cork Constitution; Galwegians v Lansdowne; Garryowen v Shannon; St. Mary's College v Clontarf; U.C.D. v Dungannon; Belfast Harlequins - Free.
Saturday 13th December. Ballymena v St. Mary's College; Belfast Harlequins v U.C.D.; Buccaneers v Co. Carlow; Cork Constitution v Blackrock College; Dungannon v Galwegians; Lansdowne v Garryowen; Shannon v Dolphin; Clontarf - Free.
Saturday 3rd January Blackrock College v Shannon; Clontarf v Ballymena; Co. Carlow v Cork Constitution; Dolphin v Lansdowne; Galwegians v Belfast Harlequins; Garryowen v Dungannon; St. Mary's College v Buccaneers; U.C.D. - Free.
Saturday 10th January. Lansdowne v Blackrock College.
Saturday 17th January. Belfast Harlequins v Garryowen; Buccaneers v Clontarf; Cork Constitution v St. Mary's College; Dungannon v Dolphin; Shannon v Co. Carlow; U.C.D. v Galwegians; Ballymena - Free.
Saturday 24th January. Buccaneers v Ballymena; Blackrock College v Dungannon; Clontarf v Cork Constitution; Co. Carlow v Lansdowne; Dolphin v Belfast Harlequins; Garryowen v U.C.D.; St. Mary's College v Shannon; Galwegians - Free.
Saturday 7th February. Belfast Harlequins v Blackrock College; Ballymena v Cork Constitution; Dungannon v Co. Carlow; Galwegians v Garryowen; Lansdowne v St. Mary's College; Clontarf v Shannon; U.C.D. v Dolphin; Bucaneers - Free.
Saturday 28th February. Shannon v Ballymena; Blackrock College v U.C.D.; Cork Constitution v Buccaneers; Lansdowne v Clontarf; Co. Carlow v Belfast Harlequins; Dolphin v Galwegians; St. Mary's College v Dungannon; Garryowen - Free.
Saturday 13th March. Belfast Harlequins v St. Mary's College; Dungannon v Clontarf; Galwegians v Blackrock College; Garryowen v Dolphin; Ballymena v Lansdowne; Shannon v Buccaneers; U.C.D. v Co. Carlow; Cork Constitution - Free.
Saturday 3rd April. Ballymena v Dungannon; Blackrock College v Garryowen; Buccaneers v Lansdowne; Clontarf v Belfast Harlequins; Cork Constitution v Shannon; Co. Carlow v Galwegians; St. Mary's College v U.C.D.; Dolphin - Free.
Saturday 17th April Belfast Harlequins v Ballymena; Dolphin v Blackrock College; Dungannon v Buccaneers; Galwegians v St. Mary's College; Garryowen v Co. Carlow; Lansdowne v Cork Constitution; U.C.D. v Clontarf; Shannon - Free.