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."
Wales 7s captain Luke Treharne may have only played once on the World Series, but he has full confidence in his side as they prepare for the opening two rounds of this year's series in Dubai and South Africa, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers.
Wales 7s Manager Steff Thomas believes Luke Treharne has all the attriubutes to be a top class captain. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie hears his reasons why as the squad prepare for the opening two legs of the new World Series in Dubai and South Africa.
The British & Irish Cup kicks off this weekend with the four Regional Premiership Select XVs flying the flag for Wales. Welsh
Sat 14 Nov: Blues Premiership Select v Nottingham (2.30) & Connacht Eagles v Dragons (2.30)
Sun 15 Nov: Yorkshire Carnegie v Ospreys Premiership Select (1.30) & Scarlets v Bedford Blues (3.00)
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.