Celtic Rugby have released details of fixtures for the 2009/10 Magners League campaign.
The eighteen round regular season starts the first weekend in September and runs through until the weekend of 7 May 2010, however with the introduction this year of play-offs to decide the Magners League Champions, there is the exciting prospect of semi finals to be held over the weekend of 14 May with the season concluding in the first ever Magners League final the weekend of 28 May.
Current champions Munster start the defence of their title with a trip to Scotland to face Glasgow Warriors at Firhill Arena, whilst European champions, Leinster, also start their campaign on the road with a visit to Llanelli to face the Scarlets.
Elsewhere in Wales Anglo-Welsh cup holders, Cardiff Blues, welcome Edinburgh for the opening match in their new home at Cardiff City Stadium, whilst the visit of Ulster to Rodney Parade and Ospreys game against Connacht make up the rest of the fixtures for the opening round.
These fixtures are weekend only dates; specific dates, kick-off times and in some cases venues, will be released later after consultations with broadcast partners and the individual teams.
See http://www.magnersleague.com/matchcentre/fixtures_list.php for details
Nearly 40 players were involved in the first Wales Under 18 training session of the season. WRU National Performance Manager Gethin Watts is excited at the potential shown by the group and expects the Regional Under 18 Championship to hone their skills even further.