Bective Rangers FC have announced Barry Gibney as their new head coach, with fellow former Ireland Under-21 international Barry Lynn assisting him.
Former flanker Barry Gibney, who made his Leinster debut in 1998 at the age of 20, will take over the coaching reins at the Donnybrook-based club.
He represented Blackrock College, Ireland Schools and Under-21s and Leinster in a playing career that was unfortunately cut short due to injury.
Gibney entered coaching at at an early age with Blackrock College RFC and now with over six years' coaching experience in Division 1 of the All-Ireland League, he will be warmly welcomed at Bective Rangers.
Barry Lynn will assist Gibney as Bective's backs coach as they look to improve on their recent campaign which saw them finish 11th in Division 2A of the league.
Lynn won several international caps for Ireland Youths, Under-19s and Under-21s. He represented Ireland in the Under-21 World Cup in South Africa in 2002.
He won a scholarship to UCD where he won a McCorry Cup, and moved to St. Mary's College where he was to spend eight years winning another McCorry Cup and Leinster Senior Cup. He captained the club in 2006.
Bective's players and members turned out last Friday to hear Gibney outline his plans for next season. There is real excitement about the club's potential for the coming years.
Despite some testing conditions around the country, the final round of Ulster Bank League action before Christmas produced an avalanche of scores.. Armagh lead Division 2B thanks to their superb nine-match winning streak over the first half of the season, while Lansdowne, Buccaneers, Nenagh Ormond and Rainey Old Boys are the other table toppers.
Banbridge's three chief chasers are all at home this afternoon in the final round of Division 2A fixtures before Christmas. The match of the day is undoubtedly table-topping Bann's trip to fourth-placed Highfield.
The curtain comes down on an action-packed 2016 in Ulster Bank League Division 1A as Lansdowne host Young Munster in another mouth-watering top of the table clash and in-form Cork Constitution face student opposition for the second time in a week.
The sun shone on Co. Carlow Rugby Club last Sunday as the Aviva Mini Rugby Festival rolled into town. It was a chance for the hundreds of boys and girls to enjoy a day of fantastic rugby and to tell us who their favourite rugby players are.
The Aviva Mini Rugby Festival visited UL Bohemians last Saturday and it was fun-filled day for the hundreds of boys and girls taking part. There was also a special guest appearance from Ireland Women's captain and UL Bohs favourite Niamh Briggs.
Maeve McMahon, Director of Customer Experience and Products, Ulster Bank, talks about another successful Ulster Bank League Awards night which saw 14 individual awards presented to players, coaches and PROs from across the island.
Cork Constitution lock Conor Kindregan was voted the Ulster Bank League Division 1A Player of the Year, picking up the honour from Joe Schmidt at this week's Ulster Bank League Awards in the Aviva Stadium.
Ahead of the the Ulster Bank League Division 1A final, we spoke to Blayney Russell of Clontarf and Peter Good of Cork Constitution about the big match and how the two clubs have fared this season at every level.
Ben Reilly wants his Clontarf side to show the kind of form that put them top of the league this season but he knows that Cork Con will offer a serious physical challenge in the Ulster Bank League final in Sunday. Tickets are available from ticketmaster.ie.
Cork Constitution captain James Ryan is aiming for a league and cup double if his side can unpick the Clontarf defence in the Ulster Bank League final at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday. We spoke to him about the road to the final and Con's momentum. Tickets for the match are available from ticketmaster.ie.
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 at the Aviva Stadium. Check out some of the action from the day 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.