Three Irish players were named in the Women's Rugby World Cup dream team that was announced yesterday. Fullback Niamg Briggs, lock Marie Louise Reilly and hooker Gill Bourke were all named in the side that was voted for by fans.
Some positions proved hotly contested with a number of players suggested, not least at outside centre where a number of players have shone in the tournament, including Emily Scarratt, Mandy Marchak, Sharni Williams, Huriana Manuel and Lynne Cantwell.
The battle for the No.12 jersey was equally tight between Andrea Burk of Canada and France's Marjorie Mayans, while the likes of Danielle Waterman, Selica Winiata and Ashleigh Hewson missed out with Briggs the selected full back.
It was equally competitive for positions in the forward pack with Marlie Packer and Claire Molloy pushing Maggie Alphonsi hard for the remaining back row berth alongside the nominees Kelly Russell and Safi N'Diaye.
The second row also threw up a number of names who would all have been worthy members of the Dream Team.
Defending champions Clontarf are the latest team to reach the Division 1A play-offs and Ballynahinch, now in fourth, are leading the race to join them. Dolphin have been relegated following their loss to 'Hinch, while it is still nip and tuck between promotion chasers Garryowen and Galwegians at the top of Division 1B. Corinthians and Malone will be playing Division 2A rugby next season.
Adam Griggs came off the bench to score the match-winning try as Lansdowne beat Cork Constitution 27-20 to secure home advantage in the Ulster Bank League play-offs. Two players who caught the eye during the game were Cork Con winger Darren Sweetnam and Lansdowne centre Tom Farrell.
The IRFU, Jamie Heaslip, Rob Kearney and the ISPCC have joined forces to 'Stand up against Bullying' with the development of a new 'Shield your Club' toolkit which will allow rugby clubs review, audit and improve their anti-bullying policies. Clubs can email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Ireland Club team will play French Clubs at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday night after the RBS 6 Nations clash. We spoke to captain Matt D'Arcy, centre Mark Roche and head coach Paul Cunningham. Match tickets are on sale from www.ticketmaster.ie.
The Irish Rugby Football Union and the CARA National Adapted Physical Activity Centre, in conjunction with the Department of Justice and Equality, have launched the Xcessible Youth Sport Initiative 'Special Schools Tag Rugby'.
Rory Scannell turned in a man-of-the-match performance at out-half as his 24-point haul, including two terrific individual tries, helped Dolphin claim a bonus point in Saturday's 34-15 Ulster Bank League win over UCD in Cork.
Lansdowne have moved seven points clear at the top of Ulster Bank League Division 1A, but they had to endure a nerve-jangling finish against Old Belvedere whose goal-kicker Josh Glynn missed a late conversion on the Aviva Stadium's back pitch.
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.
Irish Rugby TV brings you highlights of UCD's Ulster Bank League Division 1A win over Lansdowne, with Ireland Under-20 out-half Ross Byrne scoring a try and three penalties for the victorious students.