The fixtures are out for the new GUINNESS PRO12 season
Director of Rugby Mark Hammett faces the Italian Job on day one of the new season after the GUINNESS PRO12 fixtures confirmed Cardiff Blues will travel to Zebre on the opening weekend.
New boss Hammett - known throughout the rugby world as Hammer - will join Blues this summer after finishing his current role at Super 15 giants the Hurricanes.
And his first league game in charge will see Cardiff Blues look to avenge a double defeat to the Italians last season as they play at Stadio XXV Aprile in Parma on the weekend of September 5/6/7.
The first home league game of the season at the BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park arrives a week later when PRO12 finalists Glasgow Warriors arrive in the city on the weekend of September 12/13/14.
Ulster are next up at home before a mouth-watering opening month of games concludes as Hammett's squad travel to the RDS in Dublin to face reigning GUINNESS PRO12 champions Leinster Rugby on September 26/27/28.
Blues face a Welsh derby double header with Dragons over the Christmas and New Year period with a home game during the festive season before a trip to Rodney Parade to kick-off 2015.
The close to the season will see Blues face Welsh derby games with Ospreys and Scarlets in April and May before big a final day of the campaign clash with Zebre at the BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.
Supporters are advised that weekends for games have been issued today and that clubs and the regions will now work alongside the broadcasters to confirm actual dates of fixtures. These will be issued on www.cardiffblues.com
GUINNESS PRO12 FIXTURES - SEASON 2014/15:
5/6/7 September - Zebre vs Cardiff Blues - Stadio XXV Aprile 12/13/14 September - Cardiff Blues vs Glasgow Warriors - BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park 19/20/21 September - Cardiff Blues vs Ulster Rugby- BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park
26/27/28 September - Leinster Rugby vs Cardiff Blues - Royal Dublin Society
3/4/5 October - Connacht Rugby vs Cardiff Blues - Sportsground
10/11/12 October - Ospreys vs Cardiff Blues - Liberty Stadium 31 October/1/2 November - Cardiff Blues vs Munster - BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park
21/22/23 November - Edinburgh vs Cardiff Blues - BT Murrayfield 28/29/30 November - Cardiff Blues vs Benetton Treviso - BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park 19/20/21 December - Cardiff Blues vs Scarlets - BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park 26/27/28 December - Cardiff Blues vs Newport Gwent Dragons - BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park
2/3/4 January - Dragons vs Cardiff Blues - Rodney Parade 9/10/11 January - Cardiff Blues vs Leinster Rugby - BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park
13/14/15 February - Munster vs Cardiff Blues - TBC
20/21/22 February - Benetton Treviso vs Cardiff Blues - Stadio Monigo 27/28 February/ 1 March - Cardiff Blues vs Edinburgh Rugby - BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park 6/7/8 March - Cardiff Blues vs Connacht Rugby - BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park
27/28/29 March - Ulster Rugby vs Cardiff Blues - Kingspan Stadium
10/11/12 April - Glasgow Warriors vs Cardiff Blues - Scotstoun Stadium 24/25/26 April - Cardiff Blues vs Ospreys - BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park
8/9/10 May - Scarlets vs Cardiff Blues - Parc y Scarlets 15/16/17 May - Cardiff Blues vs Zebre - BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park 22/23/24 May - GUINNESS PRO12 Play-offs 29/30/31 May - GUINNESS PRO12 Final
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