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.
The Connacht squad trained in Galway yesterday afternoon as the province stepped up their preparations for Saturday evening's Heineken Cup round 4 encounter with Toulouse at the Sportsground (kick-off 6pm).
Watch highlights of Leinster's 36-0 victory over Connacht in the second round of the IRFU Women's Interprovincial Championship at Ashbourne RFC. The result sets up a title decider between defending champions Munster and Leinster at Thomond Park next Saturday.
Out-half Dan Parks had a vital role in Connacht's historic Heineken Cup triumph in Toulouse, kicking two penalties, a drop goal and the touchline conversion of Kieran Marmion's try. He spoke to Rob Murphy after the game.
Rob Murphy caught up with Gavin Duffy after Connacht's inspirational defeat of Toulouse in the Heineken Cup, with the Mayo man giving an insight into how they produced such a high quality performance against the French giants.
Young scrum half Kieran Marmion was one of Connacht's star performers in their famous 16-14 Heineken Cup victory away to Toulouse, scoring a crucial second half try and picking up the man-of-the-match award.
Giving his reaction after Connacht's historic 16-14 win away to Toulouse, head coach Pat Lam said: "The belief's been there, we knew that this performance was not far away. To come here in a massive game with the side they put out is an unbelievable effort (from us) and I'm so proud of the guys."