Did You Know?:Cork Constitution have an enviable record in national cup competitions - they were crowned All-Ireland Cup champions in 2006 and 2010 and lifted the Bateman Cup for the first time last year.
UCD were the second top scorers in Division 1A this season with 433 points. Across their six most recent Ulster Bank League outings, the students averaged 30 points per game.
Paths To The Final -
Munster Senior Cup
- won 35-15 v UL Bohemians (away)
- won 21-11 v UCC (away)
- won 9-6 v Garryowen (aet) (final at Thomond Park) (champions for the 25th time)
Ulster Bank Bateman Cup semi-final
- won 46-14 v Queen's University (home)
Leinster Senior League Cup
- won 57-13 v Blackrock College (home)
- won 44-13 v Old Belvedere (away)
- won 29-19 v Lansdowne (away)
- won 57-26 v Old Wesley (home)
- won 23-18 v Terenure College (final at Donnybrook) (champions for the 9th time)
Ulster Bank Bateman Cup semi-final
- won 21-20 v Galwegians (home)
Preview: The RTÉ cameras will be at Temple Hill as the Leesiders look to defend the title they won 12 months ago. Back then, first half tries from Robert Clune and Scott Deasy set them on their way to a 24-19 win over St. Mary's College.
The Bateman Cup is one of Irish rugby's oldest competitions, first introduced in 1922 by Dr. Godfrey Bateman from Cork who presented the trophy to the IRFU to honour his sons Reginald and Arthur who both died in the First World War.
The format of the four provincial cup winners going head-to-head was reintroduced in 2011 and Munster clubs have had a stranglehold on the trophy since then with Bruff (2011), Garryowen (2012) and Cork Con (2013) all emerging as champions.
UCD, who were beaten by Bruff at the semi-final stage three years ago, are hoping to become the first Leinster winners in recent years after edging out Galwegians (21-20) in the last-four in January.
Bobby Byrne's youngsters were 14-6 losers when they visited Temple Hill in January, but will be full of confidence after beating Lansdowne, league champions Clontarf and Young Munster in recent weeks.
However, UCD have struggled for wins on the road and Cork Con, with Munster-capped half-backs Johnny Holland and Gerry Hurley directing operations, might have too much nous and scrummaging power for the visitors.
IrishRugby.ie Prediction: Cork Constitution to win by 1-5 points
CORK CONSTITUTION: tbc
UCD: Andrew Boyle; Sam Coghlan Murray, Alex Kelly, Stephen Murphy, Barry Daly; James Thornton, Jamie Glynn; James Tracy, Risteard Byrne, Kieran Moloney, Shane Grannell (capt), Emmet MacMahon, Josh van der Flier, Mark McGroarty, Eoin Joyce.
Replacements: Liam Hyland, Adam Clarkin, Rory Harrison, Brian Cawley, Shane O'Meara, Niall Earls, Tom Fletcher.
As most people are aware, the use of eyewear/goggles on the field of play has never been permitted in the contact sport of rugby in Ireland. The IRFU has highlighted and issued reminders on this on a number of occasions. However, in recent weeks, we received a small number of queries about the ongoing World Rugby eyewear/goggle trial.
Saturday was a red-letter day for Ulster club rugby as three northern clubs (Bangor, Clogher Valley and Instonians) qualified for the Ulster Bank All-Ireland Junior Cup semi-finals, with 2014 champions Enniscorthy the other team to make the last-four.
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.
Highlights of Lansdowne's 24-10 Friday Night Lights victory over Terenure College on the Aviva Stadium's back pitch, as Mike Ruddock's men maintain their unbeaten start to the Ulster Bank League season.
Galwegians head coach Matt Brown talks about his side's return to Division 1A of the Ulster Bank League, while New Zealander Josh Hrstich, captain of Garryowen, looks forward to their campaign - including this Friday's derby clash with Young Munster.
The Ulster Bank League kicks off on Friday night and fans can tune in from around the world for IrishRugby.ie's live stream of the Division 1A opener between UCD and Clontarf at the Belfield Bowl (kick-off 7.30pm). We hear from captains Stephen Murphy and Ben Reilly.
Ireland Women's internationals Nora Stapleton and Niamh Briggs talk to Irish Rugby TV about the IRFU's new Long Term Player Development Model for Women's rugby. For more on Women's LTPD, please visit www.irishrugby.ie/womensltpd.
The launch of the IRFU Long Term Player Development programme for Women's rugby is an important milestone in the game. Michael McGeehin of Coaching Ireland and Louis Magee, former IRFU President, speak about the programme.
The Irish Rugby Football Union will help clubs make the most of the upcoming Rugby World Cup with a number of initiatives designed to make clubs 'THE' place to support the men in green during England 2015.
MU Barnhall RFC hosted their first ever Special Needs Tag Rugby Blitz last weekend. Great fun was had by the players and coaches from the Barnhall Buffaloes, Salmo Eagles, Westmanstown Taggers, Terenure Tigers and Mullingar Lions as they showed that rugby is a sport for all.
The sun shone on the Aviva Stadium for the Aviva National Mini Rugby Festival and there was a special guest appearance from Luke Fitzgerald and the RBS 6 Nations trophy. The real stars, however, were the players!
We look back at some of the winners of the 2015 Ulster Bank League Awards, and hear from Ulster Bank's Doug Munro, Ulster Bank Rugby Ambassador Alan Quinlan, Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt and IRFU President Louis Magee.
We caught up with Division 1A's Coach of the Year John Staunton (Young Munster), Rising Star Cian Kelleher (Lansdowne) and Top Points Scorer Josh Glynn (Old Belvedere) at the 2015 Ulster Bank League Awards.
A nail-biting Ulster Bank League Division 1A final saw Lansdowne crowned 2014/15 champions with an 18-17 win over Clontarf. Take a look behind the scenes at the Aviva Stadium - the home of Irish rugby.