Connacht squad member Shane O'Leary made the most of his late inclusion in the Galwegians team as his 18-point haul helped them beat bottom side Ballynahinch 33-16 at Crowley Park in Ulster Bank League Division 1A.
UCD are the new leaders in Division 1A after two second half tries saw them beat Garryowen 13-6 at Dooradoyle, while a Joey Carbery-inspired Clontarf were held to a draw by battling Lansdowne in a repeat of last season's final. Home wins have kept St. Mary's College and Ballymena in the top two positions in Division 1B.
In the most exciting development since the club moved to Rosbrien over 35 years ago, Old Crescent RFC is purchasing land adjoining its club grounds which will see the club grounds double in size, securing the future of rugby at Rosbrien for current and future generations.
Big games at both ends of the table are on the menu in the latest round of Ulster Bank League Division 1A action. Leaders Clontarf will be out for revenge in a repeat of last season's final against Lansdowne, while second-placed UCD are looking to maintain their high-scoring, winning form away to Garryowen.
Two of the front runners in Division 1B, St. Mary's College and Old Wesley, meet in the penultimate round before Christmas. A cracking contest is in prospect, while there is also plenty of interest in the Munster derby between resurgent Shannon and Dolphin.
Division 2A resumes for a three-week run in to Christmas and things are as tight as ever with a nine-point spread over the top seven clubs. The clash of Banbridge and Cashel at Rifle Park could be a key game this weekend.
No different to Divisions 2A and 2B, there is a 'peleton' of clubs within touching distance of the leaders. Just nine points separate Old Crescent in first place from Midleton in sixth. All set for the run in to Christmas.
The semi-final draw for the Ulster Bank All-Ireland Junior Cup has been made. Former winners Enniscorthy have been drawn at home to Bangor, while Instonians host Clogher Valley in a mouth-watering all-Ulster affair.
As most people are aware, the use of eyewear/goggles on the field of play has never been permitted in the contact sport of rugby in Ireland. The IRFU has highlighted and issued reminders on this on a number of occasions. However, in recent weeks, we received a small number of queries about the ongoing World Rugby eyewear/goggle trial.
Saturday was a red-letter day for Ulster club rugby as three northern clubs (Bangor, Clogher Valley and Instonians) qualified for the Ulster Bank All-Ireland Junior Cup semi-finals, with 2014 champions Enniscorthy the other team to make the last-four.
Four mouth-watering fixtures make up a fascinating Ulster Bank All-Ireland Junior Cup quarter-final day, with big crowds expected in Bangor, Clonmel, Enniscorthy and Belfast. There are three teams each from Leinster and Ulster, while Clonmel and St. Senan's carry the hopes of Munster.
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.
The IRFU is calling on clubs throughout Ireland to make it clear that bullying is not acceptable behaviour and to ensure that age grade players, in particular, are clear that they are expected to show 'respect' and celebrate 'inclusivity so that rugby is fun for everyone.