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Magners League Fixtures

Edinburgh Gunners face an away trip in the first week of the newly -christened Magners League, taking on the Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium on the weekend beginning Friday 1 September. 

The Gunners then return home to Murrayfield for their next two matches, against last season's runners-up Leinster and the current champions, Ulster. In week five of the competition, they face their first game of the season against local rivals Glasgow Warriors. 

The Magners League is the new name for the Celtic League, as Magners Irish Cider were today announced as the first sponsors of the competition, until 2008. 

Looking ahead to the opening fixtures, interim head coach Henry Edwards is determined the Gunners set a winning tone. He said: "Our main challenge at the moment is that first game and we are working hard to get into the best possible shape so we're competitive straight away." 

"The Ospreys game will be tough not only because it's away from home, but they've recruited well over the summer. It's good to then have two home games in a row although they're against the two Irish sides that topped the league last season. Connacht are tough over there, but Edinburgh have been successful in the past and then we look forward to the challenge of meeting our first Scottish opposition." 

Edinburgh Gunners will also play two matches as part of their pre-season preparations, playing to host to Leeds Tykes on Friday 18 August at Murrayfield, kick-off 7.30pm. They then take on Guinness Premiership champions Sale Sharks on Friday 25 August at Edgeley Park, kick-off 7.45pm. 

Fixture times for Magners League games have yet to be confirmed, but Edinburgh's home games will be on Friday nights with a 7.30pm kick-off unless television and broadcasting commitments stipulate otherwise. 

Edinburgh Gunners fixtures, times and dates to be confirmed: 

Weekend beginning                                                                                     

Fri 1 Sep        Ospreys v  Gunners  @ Liberty Stadium 
Fri 8 Sep        Gunners v Leinster    @ Murrayfield 
Fri 15 Sep      Gunners v Ulster        @ Murrayfield 
Fri 22 Sep      Connacht v  Gunners @ Sportsground 
Fri 29 Sep      Gunners v Warriors @ Murrayfield 
Fri 6 Oct         Free weekend 
Fri 13 Oct       Munster v  Gunners   @ tba 
Fri 3 Nov        Gunners v Blues @ Murrayfield 
Fri 10 Nov      Dragons v  Gunners  @ Rodney Parade 
Fri 1 Dec        Gunners v Reivers    @ Murrayfield 
Fri 22 Dec      Warriors v  Gunners @ tba 
Fri 29 Dec      Free weekend 
Fri 5 Jan         Gunners v Scarlets   @ Murrayfield 
Fri 26 Jan       Gunners v Connacht @ Murrayfield 
Fri 16 Feb      Leinster v  Gunners   @ tba 
Fri 2 Mar        Gunners v Ospreys   @ Murrayfield 
Fri 23 Mar      Reivers v  Gunners   @ Netherdale 
Fri 6 Apr         Gunners v Dragons @ Murrayfield 
Fri 13 Apr       Blues v  Gunners @ Arms Park 
Fri 27 Apr       Scarlets v  Gunners @ Stradey Park 
Fri 4 May        Gunners v Munster @ Murrayfield
Fri 11 May       Ulster v Gunners @ Ravenhill