Mick McGrath is one of the latest players to make the step up from Ulster Bank League rugby to the professional game. The young Leinster winger has scored tries against Cardiff and Edinburgh so far this season.
Speaking at the launch of the Ulster Bank League Awards, Ireland assistant coach Les Kiss says he loves getting out to watch club rugby with one of his recent games being Armagh v Greystones in Division 2B.
Ulster Bank rugby ambassador Alan Quinlan talks about the importance of the Ulster Bank League to Irish rugby - as a pathway to the professional game and a platform for players to represent their local communities.
Ireland assistant coach Les Kiss lined out today in Clontarf Rugby Club as Ulster Bank, Official Community Rugby Partner to the IRFU, announced that the Ulster Bank League Awards are returning for a third successive year.
Connacht's Craig Ronaldson - a Division 1A title winner with Lansdowne in 2013 - returned to Ulster Bank League action on Saturday, lining out in the number 10 jersey for Corinthians against Dublin University.
A strong start to both halves paved the way for Lansdowne's bonus point victory over a gallant Young Munster side on Sunday afternoon, as the headquarters club kept place with leaders Terenure College at the top of Division 1A.
Leaders Terenure College and defending champions Clontarf both returned to winning ways in Division 1A of the Ulster Bank League this afternoon, while Dublin University extended their unbeaten Division 1B run to five matches with a bonus point victory over Corinthians.
Clontarf are back in the familiar surroundings of Castle Avenue as they attempt to beat Ballynahinch and pick up their first win in four Division 1A games. Elsewhere, leaders Terenure College will be looking to bounce back at home to Old Belvedere.
The last round of Division 1B action in November sees leaders Galwegians host bottom side Belfast Harlequins, Ballymena and Shannon meet for the first time in five years and second-placed Garryowen are also on their travels north to Malone.