Cardiff Blues will start the 2019/20 Guinness Pro14 season with a trip to South Africa to face Southern Kings on Saturday 28th September.
The season starts later this season due to the presence of the Rugby World Cup, with only seven games taking place before the Christmas derbies start, and the play-offs being pushed back into June, with the Final taking place on Saturday 20th.
There will be just one game at the Arms Park in the opening four rounds, as Edinburgh come to the Welsh capital on Saturday 5th, before away games at Glasgow and Ulster follow.
November starts with back-to-back home games against Munster and Cheetahs, before John Mulvihill’s men go away to Benetton between the first two sets of European Challenge Cup pool games on November 30th.
Christmas sees a trip to Ospreys on Saturday 21st December, before Boxing Day games return with Dragons coming to the Arms Park, and the festive derbies are finished off by welcoming Scarlets on Friday 3rd January.
Away games at Connacht and Edinburgh, and home games against both Italian sides take place during the February/March Six Nations period, before Ospreys return to the Arms Park for the first time in five years on Saturday 28th March.
Munster away follows before Cardiff Blues will be a designated away team at Judgement Day for the first time ever on Saturday 18th April when we meet Scarlets at the Millennium Stadium.
The run-in then consists of home games against Kings and Connacht, before away games at Leinster and Dragons bring the campaign to a close.
All-in-all there are 10 home games for Cardiff Blues supporters to enjoy, with seven Saturday games, two Friday night encounters and a solitary Sunday fixture, as well as the ‘away’ game against Scarlets taking place next door. The return of the Boxing Day game is sure to prove a big hit with supporters as well.
For John Mulvihill, he will be pleased to be facing Glasgow and Edinburgh while both are likely to be hit by international call-ups early in the season, while two home games over Christmas and meeting the Italian sides during the Six Nations is also a boost.
A tricky period just after the Six Nations will be one to keep an eye on though, as Cardiff Blues look to improve on just missing out on the play-offs, and qualification for the Heineken Champions Cup, last season.