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.
The Ulster Bank League resumed last weekend with last year's champions Lansdowne hosting current table toppers UCD. Check out the best of the action from an exciting Division 1A encounter on the Aviva Stadium's back pitch.
Ireland's U-18 School and U-18 Club players were part of a three day camp over the Christmas period and received specialist training and advice workshops as they continue their development path. We spoke to Team Manager John McKinney, Caoches Noel McNamara and Mark Butler and IRFU High Performance Manager Colin McEntee about the structure of the three days and the season ahead for the players.
The IRFU High Performance Unit, under Colin McEntee, and Ireland scrum coach Greg Feek brought together coaches from all four provinces and Ireland representative teams to share ideas and look at recent trends in scrummaging. We spoke to Colin and Greg on the day.
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.