The IRFU have announced the fixtures for the forthcoming Ulster Bank League season and following on from the success of last year's 'Friday Night Lights' games, the evening kick-offs continue and Division 1A sees the return of semi-finals and a final for the 2014/15 campaign.
Reigning Division 1A champions Clontarf will take on Young Munster at Castle Avenue in the first league fixture of their title defence. The league opens on Friday, September 12 and Saturday, September 13.
Last year's runners-up Old Belvedere host Bateman Cup holders Cork Constitution in round 1, while new boys Terenure College take on Ballynahinch who beat Buccaneers in a play-off to maintain their top flight status.
The semi-finals in Division 1A are scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 25 with the final taking place two weeks later on Saturday May 9.
'Friday Night Lights' matches and local derbies such as the keenly contested Cork Constitution v Dolphin or title holders Clontarf v Old Belvedere are already in the schedule with more games to be announced at the start of the season.
In Division 1B the opening round of fixtures sees the clash of two Limerick heavyweights as Garryowen, relegated from Division 1A last term, welcome Shannon to Dooradoyle.
The two clubs promoted from Division 2A, Galwegians and Ballymena, host Dublin University and Corinthians respectively while Buccs, who missed out on a place in the top division last term, will travel to Malone in round 1.
Newly-promoted Nenagh Ormond face a tough test in their opening Division 2A fixture as they face a Dungannon side freshly relegated from Division 1B.
Blackrock College, also relegated from the second tier, will make the short trip to NUIM Barnhall in the opening round. Both Skerries and Thomond won promotion to Division 2A last year and will face Old Wesley and Queen's University respectively in round 1.
The two Limerick sides relegated from Division 2A last term, Bruff and Old Crescent, will start the 2014/15 campaign with home fixtures against Highfield and Armagh respectively.
After two seasons in junior rugby, Wanderers return to the Ulster Bank League and will host Sunday's Well in their opening fixture. Fellow promoted side Kanturk - making their first steps as a senior club - are on the road to Navan first time out.
Amidst the excitement of the Women's Sevens Dublin tournament, at which Ireland won a place on the World Series, there was one section of the final day devoted to the development of Women's rugby. Eight teams made up of Under-18 girls got the chance to train with players from the Ireland Women's Sevens and 15-a-side squads.
The Rugby Growth and Participation Manager will provide strong leadership and strategic direction of the IRFU's work to grow participation within the game and to integrate social forms (i.e. Touch, Tag & Community Sevens) of the game more effectively into its overall strategic plan.
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.
Lansdowne captain Ron Boucher is primed to lead out the HQ club at the Aviva Stadium in Saturday's Ulster Bank League Division 1A final. We spoke to him this week about the challenge of playing last year's winners Clontarf.
Looking forward to Saturday's Ulster Bank League Division 1A final against Clontarf, Lansdowne head coach Mike Ruddock said: "It's a fantastic opportunity for both teams to showcase their talent. I'm sure it will make for an exciting game."
Clontarf head coach Andy Wood says they are focusing on 'our performance and the challenge that Lansdowne present us', as they prepare for Saturday's Ulster Bank League Divsion 1A final at the Aviva Stadium.
A large crowd turned out at Lakelands Park where three penalties from the boot of Matt D'Arcy steered defending champions Clontarf to a hard-earned 9-0 semi-final win over hosts Terenure College. Check out highlights of a closely-fought Ulster Bank League Division 1A play-off.