Cullen to coach Leinster this season

Guinness Pro12 campaign kicks off in away game to Edinburgh

 Leo Cullen: preparing Leinster to play Edinburgh on September 4th. Photograph: Inpho/Cathal Noonan

Leo Cullen: preparing Leinster to play Edinburgh on September 4th. Photograph: Inpho/Cathal Noonan

 

Leinster, who look certain to keep Leo Cullen as head coach this season but will recruit a backs coach before November, open their Guinness Pro12 campaign away to Edinburgh on September 4th (live on TG4).

Connacht are home to the Dragons that same Friday night while the Ospreys visit Belfast. Anthony Foley’s Munster begin their season against Treviso in Cork (also on TG4) on Saturday, September 5th.

With the opening round of the Champions Cup happening two weeks after the World Cup final and third place play-off, a successful Ireland tournament could prove highly detrimental to provincial success in 2015/16.

The Pro12 fixture list has also revealed the opponents for each province when denied their international contingent. That may be extended to seven matches if frontline Ireland players are rested on the weekend of November 6-8th.

The first batch of interprovincials are on November 27th with Ulster in the RDS and Connacht facing Munster at Thomond Park the following day.

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