Munster have confirmed the signing of second row Jean Kleyn from Stormers.
Reigning champions Connacht will launch the defence of their Guinness PRO12 title against Glasgow Warriors.
Former Munster lock Paul O'Connell has joined the club's academy in an advisory role.
Champions Cup holders Saracens have been drawn against Toulon while Bath will meet Bristol in the Challenge Cup.
Munster have confirmed Anthony Foley will stay at the club in his head coach role despite a summer coaching clear-out.
We put the best in the Guinness PRO12 up against the best in the Aviva Premiership in our head-to-head teams of the season.
Munster will take on the Maori All Blacks on Friday November 11 at Thomond Park.
Connacht led the way at the Guinness PRO12 awards in Dublin where Bundee Aki was named Players' Player of the Year.
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