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Ulster start with trips to Wales

Brian McLaughlin
Brian McLaughlin takes his side to Rodney Parade for the league opener

Ulster's challenge for the Magners League title will begin with two games in Wales.

The opener is against Newport Gwent Dragons on the weekend commencing 4 September followed by a clash with the Ospreys a week later.

The first home match is against Edinburgh the following weekend.

Munster start their defence of the title with an away game against Glasgow, Leinster visit the Scarlets and Connacht host the Ospreys.

Dates and kick-off times for the fixtures have yet to be confirmed.

The opening league match at Rodney Parade will be the first competitive game in charge for new Ulster coach Brian McLaughlin.

Ulster will warm-up for the league with three friendlies, starting with Newcastle Falcons at Ravenhill on 21 August.

Italian Super 10 team Viadana are next up on Wednesday, 26 August with the match also in Belfast - both Ravenhill games have 1930 BST starts.

The final friendly is away to Worcester Warriors two days later.

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see also
Magners Celtic League 2009/10
14 Jul 09 |  Rugby Union
Humphreys accepts new Ulster role
23 Jun 09 |  Ulster
McLaughlin lands Ulster coach job
22 Jun 09 |  Ulster
Williams resigns as Ulster coach
20 May 09 |  Ulster
Williams accepts Ulster position
30 Dec 07 |  Ulster

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