Reflections on the activity in the rugby family from IRFU President Pat Fitzgerald - A new ezine, a Suttonians home-coming, Monkstown celebrations, Mulingar's Arkle, North Kildare's multi sports facility, Golf and Rugby, Clash of the tash, Scarrif at 50, Old Wesley celebrations, Ulster Bank RugbyForce and over 2 million euro for the club game.
Defending champions Lansdowne entered the Christmas break as the third-placed team in Ulster Bank League Division 1A following a nine-try 61-11 thrashing of Dolphin on the Aviva Stadium's back pitch. Check out the highlights on Irish Rugby TV.
Queen's University lifted the First Trust Ulster Senior Cup at Ravenhill on Wednesday night, getting the better of Ballynahinch in a tight game. The win has booked a place for the Belfast students in the Ulster Bank Bateman Cup semi-finals.
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.