The competition kicks-off on the weekend of Saturday, 21 November, with SWALEC Cup winners Neath taking on Bristol Rugby at The Gnoll, Newport hosting Exeter Chiefs at Rodney Parade and the four other Principality Premiership clubs clashing in two mouth-watering Welsh derbies, Pontypridd at home to Cardiff while Llanelli welcome Aberavon to Parc y Scarlets.
In Round two the following weekend, three Welsh teams again have home advantage, Newport hosting Plymouth Albion, Aberavon entertaining London Welsh in a plum tie at the Talbot Athletic Ground and Pontypridd taking on Doncaster Knights. Cardiff, Llanelli and Neath travel to Birmingham & Solihull, Bedford Blues and Nottingham respectively.
Rounds Three, Four and Five take place during the Six Nations period, the first of which takes place on the weekend of 13 February when Wales clubs play Scottish and Irish opposition for the first time, Newport hosting Scotland's National Academy, Neath travelling to Heriots FP and Llanelli hosting Ulster. Pontypridd and Cardiff meanwhile take on English opposition away from home, Pontypridd at Rotherham Titans and Cardiff at Birmingham & Solihull.
Neath take on Munster on the weekend of 27 February while Newport travel to Leinster. Llanelli host Moseley and Cardiff welcome Rotherham Titans to the Arms Park while Pontypridd and Aberavon travel to Ayr and Bedford Blues respectively.
The final round of Pool games takes place on the weekend of 6 March or midweek on March 10 / 11. In a final bid to secure semi-final places, Newport will travel to Penzance to take on Cornish Pirates, Neath host Coventry, Llanelli travel to Richmond to play London Welsh, Aberavon travel to Belfast to challenge Ulster, and Pool D's Pontypridd and Cardiff travel to Birmingham & Solihull and Ayr respectively.
WRU Head of Rugby, Performance and Development Joe Lydon said: "We knew we could expect some high-calibre encounters at the very earliest stages of the competition but it's an added boost for the Welsh clubs to be able to kick-off their British and Irish Cup campaign on Welsh soil.
"The British and Irish Cup is an opportunity for us to develop more players to achieve their full potential and enable them to compete at the very highest level.
"Welsh rugby fans have traditionally savoured the sporting edge delivered by cross border games and this cup will give our Premier Division a fantastic lift onto the next level of competition."
Chris Clarke, chair of the Welsh Premier Division clubs added: "It is a very exciting time for everyone involved in Premiership club rugby. We feel this is a very positive move by the Welsh Rugby Union to get involved in this project and by the clubs who have given it their full support.
"It is a level of competition that has been called for by semi-professional clubs in Wales for some time, and its introduction will help bridge the gap towards professional, Regional rugby in Wales.
"We look forward to seeing this tournament kick-off and grow into something special."
The Half a Game initiative is currently sweeping across Wales and proving a major success. The scheme aims to give every young player at least half a game every weekend. WRU TV recently visited a festival in Narberth where clubs have fully embraced the initiative.
Both Bargoed and Swansea were seeking their first win of the Principality Premiership season this afternoon. It proved a fruitful day for the hosts - not only did they win, but Bargoed claimed a try bonus point.
Cardiff managed to keep their unbeaten record at home intact, but only just as Bridgend made them work extremely hard before the Blue and Blacks secured a hard fought Principality Premiership win at the BT Sport Arms Park last night.
Former Wales back row Andy Powell gives a guided tour of The Wern, home of Merthyr RFC, who are determined to prove a lot of people wrong and make their mark in their first season in the Principality Premiership.
Wales Sevens head coach Gareth Williams looks back on the Rio Sevens success where he helped GB win silver. He believes the successful campaign is a huge boost to his Welsh squad as they prepare for another World Series, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers
British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland will be heading back home to take on the All Blacks next year where for him, success for 2017 is all about going to New Zealand and winning a Test Series.
Last week all roads led to Eugene Cross Park where defending champions Ebbw Vale hosted this season's launch of the Principality Premiership. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie was there to capture the thoughts of Damien Hudd, captain of Ebbw Vale, and WRU Head of Performance, Geraint John.
Llandovery made it three in a row when they defeated Aberavon in the final of the National Foster's 7s at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday. On another eventful day of sevens, Newport claimed the Plate and the Dragons won the women's crown
Last week saw Cardiff welcome players from around the world for the 21st Golden Oldies Festival. The tournament features players over 35 years of age, and this year's event saw a select few represent the WRU in a 'friendly' against the Wooden Spoon.
Wales Under 18 captain Callum Bradbury is delighted to have seen his side claim a narrow 18-17 victory against a strong SA Schools 'A' side to end the three-match Under 19 International Series in South Africa on a high note.
The Wales U18 squad spent an emotional day in the drug-riddled townnship of Hout Bay. Hout Bay Warriors President Fred Johannes said the visit was 'the talk of the town' and will dream about the day everyday for the rest of his life.
RGC 1404's new head coach Mark Jones is hoping to build 'something special' in north Wales and is already looking forward to the development region participating in the Principality Premiership for the very first time.