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.
Clontarf Rugby Club officially opened their brand new state-of-the-art 4G rugby pitch at their grounds in Castle Avenue last Saturday, ahead of their Ulster Bank League Division 1A match against Galwegians.
Table toppers Clontarf entertained Galwegians in Ulster Bank League Division 1A, hosting the game on their new 4G pitch which was officially opened on the day by Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt and IRFU President Martin O'Sullivan.
Old Crescent took advantage of Wanderers' home defeat to Bruff as they moved back to the top of Ulster Bank League Division 2C. Meanwhile, bottom side Dundalk overcame Kanturk for their first win since coming up from the junior ranks.
Saturday was a great day for Young Munster RFC. On the same afternoon that the Cookies overcame Cork Constitution on the Greenfields pitch, they made their own legendary lock Paul O'Connell an honorary life Vice-President of the club.
Shannon seem to be hitting their stride under Marcus Horan, the ex-Munster and Ireland prop proudly watching on as his young team emerged as 32-10 bonus point winners over Belfast Harlequins in Division 1B today.
Leaders Clontarf, UCD and Garryowen all won in the capital on a busy day of action in Ulster Bank League Division 1A, while Dublin University claimed the most eye-catching result in Division 1B - a 44-3 demolition of Dolphin at Irish Independent Park.