The IRFU Exiles have produced players of the calibre of Simon Geoghegan in the past, but more and more young Irish-qualified players see the Exiles as a pathway to a career in the professional game. We spent the day at their regional finals in London to understand their passion for Irish rugby.
Sunday, March 3 represents a major day in the Exiles' calendar. The Exiles Inter Regional Championship will be held on the famous London Irish ARFC grounds in Sunbury, and is a competitive environment in which we can identify players to be selected to attend our National Assessment Camp.
This Friday, on the eve of the England v Ireland Six Nations match, the Irish Exiles are playing against a select Welsh team at the Trailfinders Sports Club, Caste Bar, Vallis Way, West Ealing, W13 0DD. Kick-off is at 4pm and all support is welcome.
On an extremely foggy day in Sunbury on Thames, the Exiles Under-18s defeated their Welsh Exiles counterparts 31-3. This was the last Exiles fixture before Christmas and they certainly finished with a festive flourish.
Connacht Rugby and BLK Sport have announced a comprehensive four-year official kit supplier agreement for BLK to supply the full range of technical performance apparel for all of Connacht's representative teams and support staff.
The Connacht Academy has been finalised for the 2013/14 season, with Ireland Under-19 captain Sean O'Brien and David Panter, who is currently away with the Ireland Under-20 squad at the IRB Junior World Championship, joining the ranks.
The Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
Ulster have been given the task of toppling familiar foes Leicester Tigers and Benetton Treviso, as well as new opponents Montpellier, as they bid to reach the Heineken Cup quarter-finals for the fourth year running.
The four Irish provinces have learned today who they will be facing into the pool stages of next season's Heineken Cup. Former Ireland international Shane Horgan hosted the 2013/14 tournament draw which took place at the Aviva Stadium.
Friends of Johnny O'Connor are putting on a special retirement celebration for the former Connacht and Ireland flanker in Galway on Friday, June 7, with money raised from a raffle on the night going to the IRFU Charitable Trust.