The release of the PRO12 fixtures is eagerly anticipated by players, coaches and fans alike each year, and today's announcement - coupled with confirmation of new sponsors GUINNESS coming on board - created plenty of buzz.
Anthony Foley's first competitive match in charge of Munster will see them host Edinburgh at Thomond Park, while Connacht will also have home advantage against the Dragons in round 1.
Defending champions Leinster will renew rivalries with Glasgow Warriors, making the trip to Scotland to face the team they defeated in last season's league decider.
Meanwhile, Ulster, who have interim director of rugby Les Kiss due to start on July 19, will be hoping to make a winning start away to the Scarlets.
The first Irish interprovincial derby of the new league run will be Connacht v Leinster at the Sportsground on September 19/20/21, with Matt O'Connor's men due to host Munster at the Aviva Stadium on October 3/4/5.
The traditional derby tussles over the Christmas and New Year period will also be mouth-watering - the 2014 calendar year ends with Munster v Leinster and Ulster v Connacht, while 2015 will burst into life with Ulster visiting the RDS Arena and Munster making the trip up to Galway.
The PRO12 play-offs have been pencilled in for May 22/23/24 with the final taking place over the weekend of May 29/30/31.
PRO12 Tournament Director David Jordan said: "The kick-off times for the first half of the season will be issued shortly, I for one can't wait to watch last season's top two go into to battle as Glasgow Warriors set to with Leinster in the opening weekend.
"The many highlights of the GUINNESS PRO12 season include the games over the Christmas holiday period, where the celebrated derbies are among the feast of rugby that we are all looking forward to next season."
The GUINNESS PRO12 season will be launched in late August. Click here for the full fixtures for the 2014/15 campaign.
The Ireland Under-18 and Under-19 squads had a busy Easter period with seven matches played in Ashbourne, Cardiff, Llanelli, Caerphilly and Bordeaux. Check out some of the tries scored. Full match reports are available on www.irishrugby.ie.
Speaking to RTE Radio rugby correspondent Michael Corcoran, Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt was asked about prioritising players playing in Ireland when it comes to national selection over those who are based overseas.
In an interview broadcast on RTE Radio 1's 'Sunday Sport' programme, Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt discussed the challenges and opportunities presented by the summer tour to the USA and Japan, and also looked ahead to next month's Rugby World Cup Pool Draw.
Speaking about working with the provinces and monitoring players' progress, Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt told RTE Radio 1: "For us, having the best quality of performance within the provinces, getting some really good coaching from the provincial coaches, which we know is happening at the moment, that's the foundation that we need because in the end we get the players in a match week pretty much."
In an interview with RTE Radio rugby correspondent Michael Corcoran, Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt confirmed that Girvan Dempsey, Felix Jones and Ronan O'Gara will be incorporated into the coaching group for the upcoming summer tour to the USA and Japan.
IRFU National Talent Development Manager Hendrik Kruger says the Easter age-grade internationals give the Ireland Under-18 and Under-19 players 'the chance to represent their country and experience international rugby' and are 'the highlight of their season'.
The Ireland Under-18 Clubs & Schools team (sponsored by PwC) played the England U-18 Counties side in the first of two matches at Ashbourne RFC this week. Check out the highlights from Wednesday's entertaining clash.
Four of our stadiums through the eyes of four Irish sporting legends. O'Driscoll on Aviva Stadium, Brogan on Croke Park, Matthews on Kingspan Stadium and O'Connell on Thomond Park. The world is invited #Ireland2023.
Irish Rugby TV caught up with flanker Sean O'Brien to get his reaction following Ireland's hard-earned 13-9 victory over RBS 6 Nations champions England. He singled out man-of-the-match Peter O'Mahony for special praise.
Peter O'Mahony reflects on what went wrong for Ireland in Cardiff and tells Irish Rugby TV that he is focusing on the squad and their work this week ahead of the final Six Nations game against England.
The Ireland squad paid a visit to Monaghan last week and held an open training session in Monaghan RFC. We spoke to Andrew Trimble after the session which was attended by over 2,000 cheering supporters.