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.
Leinster's first home game will be against recent 'bogey' team Edinburgh the following weekend. Munster will be at home to the Dragons and Connacht will welcome Glasgow Warriors for their first home match.
Once again 'local derbies' will be held over the Christmas/New Year period, whilst the season will conclude over the weekend of May 15-17, in time to avoid any potential clash of dates with the opening fixture of the British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa.
These fixtures are weekend-only dates. Specific dates, kick-off times and, in some cases, venues will be released later in conjunction with broadcast partners and individual teams.