While Munster may have taken the senior Interprovincial title earlier this season, it was Leinster and Ulster who proved strongest in the Girls U-18 Interprovincial Development Blitz in Lucan last Saturday.
Three Dublin-based sides lead the way after the opening three rounds in Division 1 of the Women's All-Ireland League, as Blackrock, Old Belvedere and Railway Union remain unbeaten. Kate Rowan reviews the latest matches.
In his first blog of the season, IRFU President Louis Magee reflects on a busy start to the season - taking in club visits and official openings - and he looks forward to the big games ahead for Ireland next month.
The IRFU's Head of Medical Services, Dr. Rod McLoughlin, presented the work being done on concussion education in rugby to the Joint Committee on Health and Children today at Government buildings and made a number of recommendations to advance concussion management in sport.
Old Wesley are the only unbeaten team left in Ulster Bank League Division 2A. The table toppers have a four-point lead over the chasing pack, while at the other end Skerries defeated UCC to claim their opening win of the campaign.
Just two points separate the top seven teams in Ulster Bank League Division 2B heading into the early season break. Highfield's bonus point win away to Greystones has them top of the pile, level on points with Armagh who are the only side still with a 100% winning record.
Lansdowne boss Mike Ruddock was disappointed with his side's first defeat of the Ulster Bank League campaign - a tight 14-10 reversal at Ballynahinch - but was full of praise for the efforts of the battling hosts.