Cardiff set to host Connacht in draft URC fixtures opening round

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Cardiff Rugby could be set to welcome Connacht to the Arms Park in the opening round of the United Rugby Championship according to reports in Ireland.

John Fallon of The 42 has seen a draft fixture list that has Dai Young’s men playing competitively in front of crowds for the first time since February 2020 on the weekend of the 24/25th September, with the side from Galway the visitors.

There is also a reported change to the draft fixture dates originally released by the competition with no games now expected to be played on the weekend of the 29/30th October, the weekend of the out-of-window Autumn Internationals for Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

Instead fixtures have been moved to the weekend of the 27/28th November, with Cardiff being one of the first teams to jet off to South Africa for that round and the first week of December, ahead of the Heineken Champions Cup getting underway in the second week of December.

All fixtures are subject to change though as if South Africa remains on Wales’ red list of countries for travel at the end of November, then a trip to the Southern Hemisphere will be unviable due to the 10-day quarantine period required on the return.

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