Cardiff Rugby will kick-off the 2021/22 United Rugby Championship season with four home games in the first five rounds as Dai Young’s men don’t have to leave Wales until the end of November.
The Blue and Blacks start the season at home to Connacht before a first Welsh derby of the season takes place in round two with a visit to the Ospreys. There are then back-to-back home games against South African sides Bulls and Sharks, ahead of a second Welsh derby when the Dragons come to the Arms Park likely without Wales internationals due to the All Blacks clash the following week.
After the Autumn Internationals Cardiff will join Munster as the first sides scheduled to travel to South Africa to face the Lions and the Stormers. The Christmas derbies see us host Scarlets on Boxing Day and travel to Dragons on New Year’s Day ahead of a trip to Edinburgh.
Beyond that point the days and times of fixtures are to be confirmed, with Leinster at home ahead of the Six Nations, Zebre home and Ulster away on fallow weekends and then Glasgow home and Scarlets away post-Six Nations taking us into the business end of the season where we face Ospreys at home, Munster away and Benetton away.
The Ospreys clash is likely to be the return of Judgement Day though, with Dragons set to meet Scarlets on the same weekend of the 22nd/23rd/24th April.
All games will be broadcast live on Premier Sports in the UK, while a number of games will also be shown on free-to-air television as the URC has announced a broadcast deal that will see BBC Wales show 18 games per season in the Friday 19:35 slot, with S4C showing a further 27 games.