18 May, 11:09
IRFU Chief Executive Philip Browne has issued a statement following confirmation of Ronan O'Gara's decision to retire from playing professional rugby.
Television coverage starts on Friday, August 31, with games in Italy and Ireland. The Ospreys' fixture against Benetton Treviso will become the first live game for the new broadcaster SportItalia, while BBC Northern Ireland host Ulster v Glasgow Warriors at Ravenhill.
With the coverage continuing on Saturday as S4C televise the Scarlets against last season's beaten finalists Leinster, and BBC ALBA showing the Edinburgh v Munster game, there is plenty to keep RaboDirect PRO12 fans entertained in the coming season.
* At present the TV coverage refers to the host broadcaster. Secondary broadcasts will be announced at a later date.
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