In preparation for the upcoming 2014/15 season, Pat Lam's Connacht side will play two away fixtures next month.
In early August, head coach Pat Lam will lead the province's senior squad to central France where they will take part in a rigorous week-long training camp in Issoire.
The away trip will conclude with a game against Top 14 heavyweights Clermont Auvergne on Friday, August 8 as part of the 2014 Challenge Vaquerin tournament - a friendly competition held in France between Top 14 clubs and foreign clubs by invitation.
Connacht took part in the annual French tournament for the first time last year, playing Castres Olypimque in a close game that finished 43-31 in favour of the then French champions.
The game in France is followed two weeks later by a clash with London-based club Wasps in High Wycombe on Saturday, August 23 at 2.30pm. Tickets for Wasps v Connacht can be purchased through the Wasps Ticket Office on 0044 844 847 1867.
The regular PRO12 season is set to commence on the weekend of September 5/6/7 and further league fixture details are expected to be announced in the coming days.
CONNACHT PRE-SEASON FRIENDLIES:
Clermont Auvergne v Connacht, Issoire, Friday, August 8
Wasps v Connacht, Adams Park, 2.30pm, Saturday, August 23
All roads lead to the Aviva Stadium on Saturday as Leinster and Munster clash in another eagerly-awaited interprovincial derby. Round 5 of the GUINNESS PRO12 also includes home fixtures for Connacht and Ulster on Friday night.
Leinster skills and kicking coach Richie Murphy spoke this week about the importance of their win over Cardiff Blues and the shared kicking duties between Jimmy Gopperth and Ian Madigan so far this season.