12 Dec, 14:42
Prop Cian Healy is expected to miss the start of the 2014 RBS 6 Nations after undergoing surgery on his injured ankle on Wednesday.
The new season will see an increased number of 'Friday Night Lights' games, which have proved to be a huge success in recent seasons in attracting increased crowds to clubs, being included in the League calendar.
The season opens on Friday, September 28th at Dooradoyle, which will be lighting up for a Limerick v Cork clash as Garryowen host Dolphin.
Meanwhile across the city there is a mouth watering Limerick derby in prospect as Shannon host Young Munster. The third night game takes place in Dublin and sees Old Belvedere hosting Lansdowne at Anglesea Road.
The corresponding game last season was the first ever club match played in Aviva Stadium and was also streamed live on Irish Rugby TV.
Reigning champions St. Mary's College will open their title defence the following day in Templeville Road when they play the newly promoted UL Bohemians.
Division 1B also gets underway on Friday night with the newly promoted Malone at home to Dungannon and in Division 2A Old Wesley will play Seapoint under lights in Donnybrook.
Ulster Bank League newcomers Skerries will open their league campaign with a trip to Belfast to play Instonians in Division 2B.
Throughout the campaign, Irish Rugby TV will also be broadcasting live games and highlights from matches on YouTube. Last season's historic game between Lansdowne and Old Belvedere was watched live online by over 4,000 viewers.