Pro12: Ulster host Newport Gwent Dragons in opening fixture

Ulster were beaten by Leinster in the play-off semi-finals in May 2016
Ulster were beaten by Leinster in the play-off semi-finals in May 2016
Guinness Pro12
Dates: September, 2016-May, 2017
Coverage: Live games on BBC Two Northern Ireland, BBC Two Wales, S4C, BBC Alba & BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app

Ulster will kick-off their 2016-17 Pro12 campaign on Friday, 2 September at home to Newport Gwent Dragons.

The fixtures, published on Wednesday, see champions Connacht take on Glasgow in Galway while beaten finalists Leinster host Treviso.

The play-off semi-finals take place on the weekend of 19-21 May with the final scheduled for the following weekend.

Last season Ulster finished fourth in the table and were beaten 30-18 by Leinster in the play-off semi-finals.

This will be the first full season in charge for Ulster's Director of Rugby Les Kiss, who took on the role after finishing his spell on the Ireland coaching set-up at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

He will be hoping to lead Ulster to their first silverware since they won the Celtic League in 2006.

Pro12 opening round games
Friday, 2 Sept: Ospreys v Zebre, 19:35 BST, BBC Two Wales & online
Friday, 2 Sept: Ulster v Newport Gwent Dragons, 19:35 BST, BBC Two NI & online
Friday, 2 Sept: Leinster v Treviso, 19:35 BST
Saturday, 3 Sept: Scarlets v Munster, 15:00 BST
Saturday, 3 Sept: Cardiff Blues v Edinburgh, 19:35 BST, BBC Alba & online
Saturday, 3 Sept: Connacht v Glasgow, 17:15 BST

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