First half tries from Robert Clune and Scott Deasy laid the platform for Cork Constitution's third Ulster Bank Bateman All-Ireland Cup success, as they overcame home club St. Mary's College at Templeville Road.
St. Mary's College hooker and captain Richie Sweeney took time out to preview Saturday's Ulster Bank Bateman All-Ireland Cup final with reporter Cóilín Duffy. The Dubliners face Cork Constitution in the televised clash at Templeville Road (kick-off 12.05pm).
We continue our build-up to Saturday's Ulster Bank Bateman All-Ireland Cup final between St. Mary's College and Cork Constitution with an interview with the Leesiders' scrum half and captain Gerry Hurley. Cóilín Duffy posed the questions.
The final of the Ulster Bank Bateman All-Ireland Cup kicks off what promises to be an exciting weekend for Irish rugby. St. Mary's College host Cork Constitution at Templeville Road and the game is live on RTÉ Two and the RTÉ website (worldwide) - kicking off at 12.05pm.
The final of the Ulster Bank Bateman Cup will take place at Templeville Road on Saturday, April 27 (kick-off 3pm). The venue for the 2013 final was decided by a coin toss between the two clubs in the IRFU offices yesterday.
Watch highlights from the Ulster Bank All-Ireland Junior Cup final between Tullamore and Enniscorthy which took place at Cill Dara RFC last weekend. Tullamore became the first club to win back-to-back Junior Cup titles, running four tries past the Wexford side who were first-time finalists.
Tullamore captain Aaron Deverell and and his Enniscorty counterpart Ross Barbour spoke to Irish Rugby TV ahead of the Ulster Bank All-Ireland Junior Cup final at Cill Dara RFC on Saturday (kick-off 2.30pm).
Once again, the Ulster Bank All-Ireland Junior Cup final has been given a brilliant final pairing. Two of the country's most successful and engaged junior clubs from the past twelve months square up this Saturday in what promises to be a fiery and gripping contest. Rob Murphy of grassroots rugby website, Knockon.ie, previews the game.
Lansdowne stormed past chief rivals Garryowen at Dooradoyle to extend their lead at the top of Division 1A, while Division 1B leaders Ballynahinch came from behind against Dublin University to maintain their unbeaten run. In the Ulster Bank All-Ireland Junior Cup, Enniscorthy and reigning champions Tullamore have qualified for the final.
In many ways this is the perfect cup tie, you have a home team with an underdog status but real credibility as a disruptive force and a visiting side with a huge reputation and a whirlwind of momentum. Rob Murphy of grassroots rugby website Knockon.ie previews the semi final of the Ulster Bank All Ireland Junior Cup.
The draw for the semi-finals of the Ulster Bank Bateman (All-Ireland) Cup has been made. The Bateman Cup pits the four provincial cup winners against each other for the honour of claiming this venerated trophy, which was reinstated in recent seasons.
Cup holders Tullamore advanced to the semi-finals of the Ulster Bank All-Ireland Junior Cup at the weekend in a repeat of last season's final against Monivea. Kanturk, Enniscorthy and Clogher Valley also won through to the penultimate stage.
Minister for Sport Leo Varadkar TD and Ireland captain Jamie Heaslip today launched the GUINNESS Mid-Strength Irish Rugby Gathering which is set to attract hundreds of teams to a one day festival of Sevens, Tag and Touch rugby in Dublin on Saturday, August 17.
Irish Rugby will deliver an estimated 250,000 euro boost to the economy with over 100 teams expected to 'Gather' in University College Dublin on Saturday, August 17 to compete in the GUINNESS Mid-Strength Irish Rugby Gathering, organised by the IRFU and Leinster Rugby.
St. Mary's College RFC celebrated 10 years of Women's Rugby in the Club in 'Grand' style at the weekend with Ireland's Grand Slam Captain Fiona Coghlan and team mate Nora Stapleton in attendance. IRFU Women's Rugby Chairperson, Mary Quinn, was also in attendance for what was a fun filled and proud celebration.
The Amlin Challenge Cup and Heineken Cup finals will dominate the newspaper and website columns during the coming week and ERC, in partnership with the IRFU and Leinster Rugby, will be delivering a grassroots rugby programme that will leave a lifetime of rugby memories for those who take part.
Three of Ireland's Grand Slam winners - Nora Stapleton, Ailis Egan and Marie Louise Reilly received a heroes welcome at the recent Wicklow girls blitz which featured teams from seventeen clubs. Ronan Griffey from Wicklow RFC brings us this report.