Glasgow Open Celtic League Against Cardiff

Glasgow's campaign in the extended Celtic League will open with a home match against Cardiff Blues on the first weekend of September. The match will be played at Hughenden on 5 September, with Glasgow adhering to their now well-established format of playing their home games on Friday evenings.A week later Glasgow will turn their attention to Irish opposition, with a visit to Belfast to play against Ulster at Ravenhill. The following weekend they will be in Wales for a first-round tie in the new Celtic Cup competition. The opposition will be the new Bridgend/Pontypridd combine.In the league's two seasons so far the trophy has been won by Irish teams, successively by Leinster and Munster. Those two will meet in Dublin on the first weekend of the new season's programme.After two seasons of truncated Celtic League programmes the competition has been extended to give each of the 12 teams home and away fixtures against one other. The 22-match programme will continue until mid-May, running through the Rugby World Cup in October and November and the RBS Six Nations Championship in the new year.In addition, three weekends have been set aside for the new Celtic Cup competition. Winners of the four first-round ties in September will join Edinburgh, Munster, Ulster, and Cardiff in the quarter-finals on the weekend of 3-5 October. The semi-finals will be played on the weekend of 14-16 November and the final on Saturday 20 December.'the new format of the Celtic League is all set to provide the 12 teams in the three Celtic nations with a much higher grade of domestic rugby and is bound to have a positive effect on playing standards," said Bill Watson, chief executive of the Scottish Rugby Union and last season's Celtic League chairman. 'the three Scottish teams are greatly looking forward to entertaining every team in the tournament for the first time, and the first winners of the revamped tournament will certainly have earned their title with 22 matches spread over a nine-month period."A generic name has yet to be announced for Bridgend/Pontypridd following the clubs" integration in the restructuring of the top flight of Welsh rugby. That applies also to Neath/Swansea. But Ebbw Vale and Newport have come together as Gwent Dragons, and Cardiff, reflecting their jersey colour, will be known as the Blues.Fixtures in the two Celtic competitions:CELTIC CUPFirst round - 19-21 SeptemberBridgend/Pontypridd v Glasgow RugbyLeinster Lions v Neath SwanseaThe Borders v ConnachtLlanelli v Gwent DragonsByes - Edinburgh Rugby, Munster, Ulster, and Cardiff BluesQuarter-finals - 3-5 October (draw to be made on Saturday 20 September)Semi-finals - 14-16 November (draw to be made on Saturday 4 October)Final - Saturday 20 December (to be broadcast live on BBC Grandstand)CELTIC LEAGUE5-6 SeptemberThe Borders v Bridgend/PontypriddConnacht v Edinburgh RugbyGlasgow Rugby v Cardiff BluesLeinster Lions v MunsterLlanelli v Gwent DragonsNeath/Swansea v Ulster12-13 SeptemberBridgend/Pontypridd v Leinster LionsCardiff Blues v ConnachtEdinburgh Rugby v The BordersGwent Dragons v Neath/SwanseaMunster v LlanelliUlster v Glasgow Rugby26-27 SeptemberThe Borders v Cardiff BluesGlasgow Rugby v ConnachtLeinster Lions v Edinburgh RugbyLlanelli v Bridgend/PontypriddNeath/Swansea v MunsterUlster v Gwent Dragons10-11 OctoberBridgend/Pontypridd v Neath/SwanseaCardiff Blues v Leinster LionsConnacht v The BordersEdinburgh Rugby v LlanelliGwent Dragons v Glasgow RugbyMunster v Ulster17-18 OctoberGlasgow Rugby v The BordersGwent Dragons v MunsterLeinster Lions v ConnachtLlanelli v Cardiff BluesNeath/Swansea v Edinburgh RugbyUlster v Bridgend/Pontypridd24-25 OctoberThe Borders v Leinster LionsBridgend/Pontypridd v Gwent DragonsCardiff Blues v Neath/SwanseaConnacht v LlanelliEdinburgh Rugby v UlsterMunster v Glasgow Rugby31 October-1 NovemberGwent Dragons v Edinburgh RugbyGlasgow Rugby v Leinster LionsLlanelli v The BordersMunster v Bridgend/PontypriddNeath/Swansea v ConnachtUlster v Cardiff Blues7-8 NovemberThe Borders v Neath/SwanseaBridgend/Pontypridd v Glasgow RugbyCardiff Blues v Gwent DragonsConnacht v UlsterEdinburgh Rugby v MunsterLeinster Lions v Llanelli28-29 NovemberBridgend/Pontypridd v Edinburgh RugbyGlasgow Rugby v LlanelliGwent Dragons v ConnachtMunster v Cardiff BluesNeath/Swansea v Leinster LionsUlster v The Borders26-27 DecemberCardiff Blues v Bridgend/PontypriddGlasgow Rugby v Edinburgh RubyLlanelli v Neath/Swansea2-3 JanuaryThe Borders v Gwent DragonsConnacht v MunsterLeinster Lions v Ulster6-7 FebruaryBridgend/Pontypridd v ConnachtEdinburgh Rugby v Cardiff BluesGwent Dragons v Leinster LionsMunster v The BordersNeath/Swansea v Glasgow RugbyUlster v Llanelli13-14 FebruaryBridgend/Pontypridd v The BordersCardiff Blues v Glasgow RugbyEdinburgh Rugby v ConnachtGwent Dragons v LlanelliMunster v Leinster LionsUlster v Neath/Swansea20-21FebruaryThe Borders v Edinburgh RugbyConnacht v Cardiff BluesGlasgow Rugby v UlsterLeinster Lions v Bridgend/PontypriddLlanelli v MunsterNeath/Swansea v Gwent Dragons27-28 FebruaryBridgend/Pontypridd v LlanelliCardiff Blues v The BordersConnacht v Glasgow RugbyEdinburgh Rugby v Leinster LionsGwent Dragons v UlsterMunster v Neath/Swansea5-6 MarchThe Borders v ConnachtGlasgow Rugby v Gwent DragonsLeinster Lions v Cardiff BluesLlanelli v Edinburgh RugbyNeath/Swansea v Bridgend/PontypriddUlster v Munster12-13 MarchThe Borders v Glasgow RugbyBridgend/Pontypridd v UlsterCardiff Blues v LlanelliConnacht v Leinster LionsEdinburgh Rugby v Neath/SwanseaMunster v Gwent Dragons26-27 MarchGwent Dragons v Bridgend/PontypriddGlasgow Rugby v MunsterLeinster Lions v The BordersLlanelli v ConnachtNeath/Swansea v Cardiff BluesUlster v Edinburgh Rugby2-3 AprilThe Borders v LlanelliBridgend/Pontypridd v MunsterCardiff Blues v UlsterConnacht v Neath/SwanseaEdinburgh Rugby v Gwent DragonsLeinster Lions v Glasgow Rugby16-17 AprilGwent Dragons v Cardiff BluesGlasgow Rugby v Bridgend/PontypriddLlanelli v Leinster LionsMunster v Edinburgh RugbyNeath/Swansea v The BordersUlster v Connacht30 April-1 MayThe Borders v UlsterCardiff Blues v MunsterConnacht v Gwent DragonsEdinburgh Rugby v Bridgend/PontypriddLeinster Lions v Neath/SwanseaLlanelli v Glasgow Rugby7-8 MayBridgend/Pontypridd v Cardiff BluesEdinburgh Rugby v Glasgow RugbyGwent Dragons v The BordersMunster v ConnachtNeath/Swansea v LlanelliUlster v Leinster Lions14-15 MayThe Borders v MunsterCardiff Blues v Edinburgh RugbyConnacht v Bridgend/PontypriddGlasgow Rugby v Neath/SwanseaLeinster Lions v Gwent DragonsLlanelli v UlsterGlasgow's campaign in the extended Celtic League will open with a home match against Cardiff Blues on the first weekend of September. The match will be played at Hughenden on 5 September, with Glasgow adhering to their now well-established format of playing their home games on Friday evenings.A week later Glasgow will turn their attention to Irish opposition, with a visit to Belfast to play against Ulster at Ravenhill. The following weekend they will be in Wales for a first-round tie in the new Celtic Cup competition. The opposition will be the new Bridgend/Pontypridd combine.In the league's two seasons so far the trophy has been won by Irish teams, successively by Leinster and Munster. Those two will meet in Dublin on the first weekend of the new season's programme.After two seasons of truncated Celtic League programmes the competition has been extended to give each of the 12 teams home and away fixtures against one other. The 22-match programme will continue until mid-May, running through the Rugby World Cup in October and November and the RBS Six Nations Championship in the new year.In addition, three weekends have been set aside for the new Celtic Cup competition. Winners of the four first-round ties in September will join Edinburgh, Munster, Ulster, and Cardiff in the quarter-finals on the weekend of 3-5 October. The semi-finals will be played on the weekend of 14-16 November and the final on Saturday 20 December.'the new format of the Celtic League is all set to provide the 12 teams in the three Celtic nations with a much higher grade of domestic rugby and is bound to have a positive effect on playing standards," said Bill Watson, chief executive of the Scottish Rugby Union and last season's Celtic League chairman. 'the three Scottish teams are greatly looking forward to entertaining every team in the tournament for the first time, and the first winners of the revamped tournament will certainly have earned their title with 22 matches spread over a nine-month period."A generic name has yet to be announced for Bridgend/Pontypridd following the clubs" integration in the restructuring of the top flight of Welsh rugby. That applies also to Neath/Swansea. But Ebbw Vale and Newport have come together as Gwent Dragons, and Cardiff, reflecting their jersey colour, will be known as the Blues.Fixtures in the two Celtic competitions:CELTIC CUPFirst round - 19-21 SeptemberBridgend/Pontypridd v Glasgow RugbyLeinster Lions v Neath SwanseaThe Borders v ConnachtLlanelli v Gwent DragonsByes - Edinburgh Rugby, Munster, Ulster, and Cardiff BluesQuarter-finals - 3-5 October (draw to be made on Saturday 20 September)Semi-finals - 14-16 November (draw to be made on Saturday 4 October)Final - Saturday 20 December (to be broadcast live on BBC Grandstand)CELTIC LEAGUE5-6 SeptemberThe Borders v Bridgend/PontypriddConnacht v Edinburgh RugbyGlasgow Rugby v Cardiff BluesLeinster Lions v MunsterLlanelli v Gwent DragonsNeath/Swansea v Ulster12-13 SeptemberBridgend/Pontypridd v Leinster LionsCardiff Blues v ConnachtEdinburgh Rugby v The BordersGwent Dragons v Neath/SwanseaMunster v LlanelliUlster v Glasgow Rugby26-27 SeptemberThe Borders v Cardiff BluesGlasgow Rugby v ConnachtLeinster Lions v Edinburgh RugbyLlanelli v Bridgend/PontypriddNeath/Swansea v MunsterUlster v Gwent Dragons10-11 OctoberBridgend/Pontypridd v Neath/SwanseaCardiff Blues v Leinster LionsConnacht v The BordersEdinburgh Rugby v LlanelliGwent Dragons v Glasgow RugbyMunster v Ulster17-18 OctoberGlasgow Rugby v The BordersGwent Dragons v MunsterLeinster Lions v ConnachtLlanelli v Cardiff BluesNeath/Swansea v Edinburgh RugbyUlster v Bridgend/Pontypridd24-25 OctoberThe Borders v Leinster LionsBridgend/Pontypridd v Gwent DragonsCardiff Blues v Neath/SwanseaConnacht v LlanelliEdinburgh Rugby v UlsterMunster v Glasgow Rugby31 October-1 NovemberGwent Dragons v Edinburgh RugbyGlasgow Rugby v Leinster LionsLlanelli v The BordersMunster v Bridgend/PontypriddNeath/Swansea v ConnachtUlster v Cardiff Blues7-8 NovemberThe Borders v Neath/SwanseaBridgend/Pontypridd v Glasgow RugbyCardiff Blues v Gwent DragonsConnacht v UlsterEdinburgh Rugby v MunsterLeinster Lions v Llanelli28-29 NovemberBridgend/Pontypridd v Edinburgh RugbyGlasgow Rugby v LlanelliGwent Dragons v ConnachtMunster v Cardiff BluesNeath/Swansea v Leinster LionsUlster v The Borders26-27 DecemberCardiff Blues v Bridgend/PontypriddGlasgow Rugby v Edinburgh RubyLlanelli v Neath/Swansea2-3 JanuaryThe Borders v Gwent DragonsConnacht v MunsterLeinster Lions v Ulster6-7 FebruaryBridgend/Pontypridd v ConnachtEdinburgh Rugby v Cardiff BluesGwent Dragons v Leinster LionsMunster v The BordersNeath/Swansea v Glasgow RugbyUlster v Llanelli13-14 FebruaryBridgend/Pontypridd v The BordersCardiff Blues v Glasgow RugbyEdinburgh Rugby v ConnachtGwent Dragons v LlanelliMunster v Leinster LionsUlster v Neath/Swansea20-21FebruaryThe Borders v Edinburgh RugbyConnacht v Cardiff BluesGlasgow Rugby v UlsterLeinster Lions v Bridgend/PontypriddLlanelli v MunsterNeath/Swansea v Gwent Dragons27-28 FebruaryBridgend/Pontypridd v LlanelliCardiff Blues v The BordersConnacht v Glasgow RugbyEdinburgh Rugby v Leinster LionsGwent Dragons v UlsterMunster v Neath/Swansea5-6 MarchThe Borders v ConnachtGlasgow Rugby v Gwent DragonsLeinster Lions v Cardiff BluesLlanelli v Edinburgh RugbyNeath/Swansea v Bridgend/PontypriddUlster v Munster12-13 MarchThe Borders v Glasgow RugbyBridgend/Pontypridd v UlsterCardiff Blues v LlanelliConnacht v Leinster LionsEdinburgh Rugby v Neath/SwanseaMunster v Gwent Dragons26-27 MarchGwent Dragons v Bridgend/PontypriddGlasgow Rugby v MunsterLeinster Lions v The BordersLlanelli v ConnachtNeath/Swansea v Cardiff BluesUlster v Edinburgh Rugby2-3 AprilThe Borders v LlanelliBridgend/Pontypridd v MunsterCardiff Blues v UlsterConnacht v Neath/SwanseaEdinburgh Rugby v Gwent DragonsLeinster Lions v Glasgow Rugby16-17 AprilGwent Dragons v Cardiff BluesGlasgow Rugby v Bridgend/PontypriddLlanelli v Leinster LionsMunster v Edinburgh RugbyNeath/Swansea v The BordersUlster v Connacht30 April-1 MayThe Borders v UlsterCardiff Blues v MunsterConnacht v Gwent DragonsEdinburgh Rugby v Bridgend/PontypriddLeinster Lions v Neath/SwanseaLlanelli v Glasgow Rugby7-8 MayBridgend/Pontypridd v Cardiff BluesEdinburgh Rugby v Glasgow RugbyGwent Dragons v The BordersMunster v ConnachtNeath/Swansea v LlanelliUlster v Leinster Lions14-15 MayThe Borders v MunsterCardiff Blues v Edinburgh RugbyConnacht v Bridgend/PontypriddGlasgow Rugby v Neath/SwanseaLeinster Lions v Gwent DragonsLlanelli v Ulster