The sun shone down on the Aviva Stadium last Saturday as more than 400 boys and girls from 20 teams took part in the Aviva Mini Rugby Festival and enjoyed a chance to play where their heroes play.
Accompanied by parents and coaches, the Under-10s mini rugby stars made their way to the iconic home of Irish rugby last Saturday for a day that will live long in their memories.
For many this was an opportunity of a lifetime - a chance to run out on the hallowed turf of Aviva Stadium and to play on the pitch that saw Brian O'Driscoll bid farewell so recently.
Each team ran onto the pitch to a fanfare before taking part in four matches throughout the day. There was also a tour of the Ireland dressing room included for good measure and a goodie bag courtesy of Aviva to take on the long bus journey home.
The mini rugby ethos aims to foster and develop young players (boys & girls) of all ability in the game of rugby but most of all to have fun!
Former Munster and Ireland flanker David Wallace, who was on hand to meet the players, commented: "A day like to day will be locked in the memory banks of these young players forever.
"Mini rugby is great for player development and personal development and to play here at the Aviva Stadium is such a fantastic opportunity."
Only one match remains in this season's Ulster Bank League following another eventful day of relegation/promotion play-offs. Dublin University and UCC have made the leap to Divisions 1A and 1B respectively, while Sligo's late show against Enniscorthy ensured their Division 2C status for another year.
On a day that saw all four seasons in one the girls from Sacred Heart in Tullamore made history by winning the first ever All-Ireland GX7s tournament in Aviva Stadium. Check out some of the action from the day in Aviva Stadium as 16 teams got their first taste of playing at the home of Irish Rugby.
We turn the spotlight on Young Munster as they bid to go one step further than last year and qualify for the upcoming Ulster Bank League final. Irish Rugby TV spoke to Ger Slattery and Darragh O'Sullivan ahead of Saturday's Division 1A semi-final trip to Cork Constitution.
Highlights of a very exciting day of Women's club rugby action at Anglesea Road as Shield winners Railway Union, Plate winners St. Mary's and Cup champions Galwegians all enjoyed All-Ireland title success.
Highlights from Cork Constitution's two-try 15-13 victory over dethroned Division 1A champions Lansdowne in the Ulster Bank League. The Leesiders, who are third in the table, still have a shot at a home semi-final.
The Ulster Bank League resumed last weekend with last year's champions Lansdowne hosting current table toppers UCD. Check out the best of the action from an exciting Division 1A encounter on the Aviva Stadium's back pitch.
Ireland's U-18 School and U-18 Club players were part of a three day camp over the Christmas period and received specialist training and advice workshops as they continue their development path. We spoke to Team Manager John McKinney, Caoches Noel McNamara and Mark Butler and IRFU High Performance Manager Colin McEntee about the structure of the three days and the season ahead for the players.
The IRFU High Performance Unit, under Colin McEntee, and Ireland scrum coach Greg Feek brought together coaches from all four provinces and Ireland representative teams to share ideas and look at recent trends in scrummaging. We spoke to Colin and Greg on the day.
Watch the IRFU/Ulster Bank 'Your Club, Your Country' Grand Draw which took place at Irish Rugby headquarters. The winning tickets were drawn by IRFU President Martin O'Sullivan and Lionel Mahon of Ulster Bank, with Aidan Connaughton of Grant Thornton overseeing the draw. The full list of winners is available here - http://www.irishrugby.ie/news/36203.php.
Table toppers Clontarf entertained Galwegians in Ulster Bank League Division 1A, hosting the game on their new 4G pitch which was officially opened on the day by Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt and IRFU President Martin O'Sullivan.
With the Ulster Bank League resuming this week, we take a look back at a cracking Division 1A contest from the last round when Old Belvedere got the better of defending champions Lansdowne at Anglesea Road.
There was huge excitement surrounding the Aviva Irish Schools Rugby Festival last Sunday as 32 boys and girls teams got to play at the home of Irish Rugby. We hear from IRFU National Age-Grade Manager Hendrik Kruger, Shane Culleton from St. MacDara's, Ireland Women's star Jenny Murphy and some of the players involved on the day.
We take a look back at one of the best games from the opening four rounds of Ulster Bank League Division 1A - Galwegians' memorable 41-20 defeat of reigning champions Lansdowne at Crowley Park last Saturday.