The first round of the 2013/14 Ulster Bank All-Ireland Junior Cup gets underway this Saturday with a host of mouth-watering ties taking place around the country. We have asked grassroots rugby website, Knockon.ie, to preview the games for us.
The draw for the 2013/2014 Ulster Bank All-Ireland Junior Cup was made yesterday in the IRFU offices on Lansdowne Road. The competition has been a showcase for some of the best junior rugby clubs in recent years and this season promises to be as good as ever.
First half tries from Robert Clune and Scott Deasy laid the platform for Cork Constitution's third Ulster Bank Bateman All-Ireland Cup success, as they overcame home club St. Mary's College at Templeville Road.
St. Mary's College hooker and captain Richie Sweeney took time out to preview Saturday's Ulster Bank Bateman All-Ireland Cup final with reporter Cóilín Duffy. The Dubliners face Cork Constitution in the televised clash at Templeville Road (kick-off 12.05pm).
We continue our build-up to Saturday's Ulster Bank Bateman All-Ireland Cup final between St. Mary's College and Cork Constitution with an interview with the Leesiders' scrum half and captain Gerry Hurley. Cóilín Duffy posed the questions.
The final of the Ulster Bank Bateman All-Ireland Cup kicks off what promises to be an exciting weekend for Irish rugby. St. Mary's College host Cork Constitution at Templeville Road and the game is live on RTÉ Two and the RTÉ website (worldwide) - kicking off at 12.05pm.
The final of the Ulster Bank Bateman Cup will take place at Templeville Road on Saturday, April 27 (kick-off 3pm). The venue for the 2013 final was decided by a coin toss between the two clubs in the IRFU offices yesterday.
Watch highlights from the Ulster Bank All-Ireland Junior Cup final between Tullamore and Enniscorthy which took place at Cill Dara RFC last weekend. Tullamore became the first club to win back-to-back Junior Cup titles, running four tries past the Wexford side who were first-time finalists.
Tullamore captain Aaron Deverell and and his Enniscorty counterpart Ross Barbour spoke to Irish Rugby TV ahead of the Ulster Bank All-Ireland Junior Cup final at Cill Dara RFC on Saturday (kick-off 2.30pm).
Once again, the Ulster Bank All-Ireland Junior Cup final has been given a brilliant final pairing. Two of the country's most successful and engaged junior clubs from the past twelve months square up this Saturday in what promises to be a fiery and gripping contest. Rob Murphy of grassroots rugby website, Knockon.ie, previews the game.
Lansdowne stormed past chief rivals Garryowen at Dooradoyle to extend their lead at the top of Division 1A, while Division 1B leaders Ballynahinch came from behind against Dublin University to maintain their unbeaten run. In the Ulster Bank All-Ireland Junior Cup, Enniscorthy and reigning champions Tullamore have qualified for the final.
In many ways this is the perfect cup tie, you have a home team with an underdog status but real credibility as a disruptive force and a visiting side with a huge reputation and a whirlwind of momentum. Rob Murphy of grassroots rugby website Knockon.ie previews the semi final of the Ulster Bank All Ireland Junior Cup.
The IRFU have launched a new concussion guide which outlines four simple, important messages: Stop - Inform - Rest - Return. Irish Rugby TV spoke to IRFU Head of Medical Services, Dr. Rod McLoughlin, IRUPA Operations Manager Simon Keogh and IRFU international referee John Lacey about the guide - further information is available at http://www.irishrugby.ie/news/30281.php.
Lansdowne tallied up nine tries as they demolished Dolphin in the final round of Division 1A matches before the Christmas break, while Division 1B leaders Terenure showed no mercy to Dungannon as they racked up a total of ten tries.
Out-half Craig Ronaldson, who has made a successful transition from Ulster Bank League rugby with Lansdowne to a professional contract with Connacht, talks about the step up to this level of rugby, the importance of the league in providing game-time and a shop window for players and he also previews the province's back-to-back clashes with Toulouse.
The 'Your Club, Your Country' winners were drawn by IRFU President Pat Fitzgerald at a ceremony at the Aviva Stadium today (Wednesday). The 2013 Grand Draw, in association with Ulster Bank, has raised over 530,000 euro for the 142 clubs who participated in the scheme this year.
The final weekend of Ulster Bank League action before the Christmas break. Can Division 1A leaders Clontarf stay ahead of the chasing pack when they visit Ballynahinch? Or will former champions Old Belvedere take top spot at home to Garryowen?
Terenure College's huge win over Corinthians last weekend showed just how hard they will be to beat. Next up to the plate is Dungannon. Meanwhile, the Galway side will hope to bounce back away to Belfast Harlequins.
Ulster Bank, Official Community Rugby Partner to the IRFU, today announced the return of the Ulster Bank League Awards. The 2013/2014 club rugby season marks the second year of the awards which recognise and reward the dedication and commitment shown by players, coaches and teams, across all Ulster Bank League divisions.
Connacht out-half and Ulster Bank League Player of the Year for 2013, Craig Ronaldson, will be taking part in a LIVE Twitter Q& A today (Thursday) at 12pm hosted by Ulster Bank, Community Partner with Irish Rugby.