Champions Munster learn fixture schedule for upcoming URC season

Munster ended a 12-year wait for silverware in April as they overcame the defending champions the Stormers in the URC decider.

With 102 days until the new BKT United Rugby Championship season kicks off the league has confirmed its fixture schedule in full for the 2023/24 campaign.

The league’s 23rd season will kick off on Saturday, October 21 where BKT URC champions Munster will begin their title defence on Saturday when they host the Cell C Sharks from Durban at 17:15 in Thomond Park.

Munster ended a 12-year wait for silverware in April as they overcame the defending champions the Stormers in the URC decider.

The first interpro of the season is November 10 where Munster will travel to Kingspan Stadium in Ulster. Munster host Leinster in Thomond Park on St Stephens day. The champions round out their season away to Edinburgh on Friday May 17.

After a two-year window of home or away fixtures against non-Shield opponents, the sequencing has been refreshed. The home and away sequence from this season will be reversed for the 2024/25 campaign to ensure a fair balance of home and away games against the same opponents over a two-year cycle.

The opening weekends of the BKT URC will see games played across Saturday and Sunday afternoons/evenings to avoid clashes with Rugby World Cup fixtures on Friday and Saturday nights.

With no November Test series break, BKT URC teams will take on a schedule of 11 consecutive weekends of rugby (including EPCR) so January will also provide two relief weekends for teams to take a break in play and to accommodate traditional festive fixturing on December 26 (Tuesday) in Wales and Ireland.

Just like last season fans can download fixtures directly into their devices by clicking here.

Social Sharing

Posted in

URC winning coach Rowntree extends Munster contract

With an impressive CV, Rowntree has played for and coached with the British and Irish Lions, England Rugby ...
Read More

Ireland outlast World Champions South Africa to put one foot in the knockouts | Highlights

Ireland now have a fortnight break before they play Scotland where another win will secure top spot in ...
Read More

Beirne and O’Mahony start for Springboks clash

Farrell has named an unchanged pack from last weekend’s defeat of Tonga in Nantes.  Head Coach Andy Farrell has named ...
Read More

“I spent every minute of every day trying to figure out how I could deal with it” | Keith Earls opens up on off-pitch struggles

Following a number of poor showings at the 2015 World Cup, Earls sought professional help after the tournament, ...
Read More

Ireland much too strong for Tonga as they secure second RWC win | HIGHLIGHTS

Ireland recorded a second consecutive bonus-point win in Nantes on Saturday to continue a perfect start to Pool ...
Read More

Ireland are capable of “doing special things when switched on” | Keith Earls

As the defending World Champions, the Springboks await down the track, Earls and co are taking it one ...
Read More

Conor Murray starts against Tonga while Craig Casey is in line for Rugby World Cup debut

Having opened their Rugby World Cup campaign with a 12-try victory over Romania in Bordeaux last weekend, Ireland ...
Read More

“It will be unbelievable” | Craig Casey on potential World Cup debut

The Limerick man has played twelve times for Ireland, but has yet to feature at the World Cup. ...
Read More