As European competitions return this weekend, there will be a number of IRFU referees in action in the European Rugby Champions Cup, the European Rugby Challenge Cup. There is also action in the British and Irish Cup and there's one game in the Ulster Bank League.
Buccaneers will travel to defending champions Cork Constitution in the Ulster Bank Bateman Cup semi-finals on Saturday, January 21 after completing a Connacht Senior League and Cup double last weekend.
Nenagh Ormond have retaken the lead in Division 2A, moving a point clear of Banbridge who tripped up away to fellow promotion hopefuls Highfield. Meanwhile, Cashel upset the form book when pipping hosts Queen's in a cliffhanger at the Dub.
Armagh's reward for winning all of their matches over the first half of the season is a nine-point advantage at the top of Division 2B. They have three Leinster clubs tucked behind them, while struggling Thomond and City of Derry really need to hit the ground running in the New Year.
Rainey Old Boys head into the Christmas break with a one-point lead at the top of Division 2C. It is particularly tight at both ends of the table, with only four points covering the leading quartet and the three bottom sides separated by just three points.
Despite some testing conditions around the country, the final round of Ulster Bank League action before Christmas produced an avalanche of scores.. Armagh lead Division 2B thanks to their superb nine-match winning streak over the first half of the season, while Lansdowne, Buccaneers, Nenagh Ormond and Rainey Old Boys are the other table toppers.
Banbridge's three chief chasers are all at home this afternoon in the final round of Division 2A fixtures before Christmas. The match of the day is undoubtedly table-topping Bann's trip to fourth-placed Highfield.
The curtain comes down on an action-packed 2016 in Ulster Bank League Division 1A as Lansdowne host Young Munster in another mouth-watering top of the table clash and in-form Cork Constitution face student opposition for the second time in a week.
The final round of Division 1B matches begins with tonight's Leinster derby between Old Wesley and Naas under the Donnybrook floodlights. Saturday's big match is the meeting of two of the top three sides, Ballymena and Buccaneers, at Eaton Park.
The next challengers up to try and take Armagh's unbeaten record are third-placed Wanderers. Meanwhile, struggling Skerries, Thomond and City of Derry are all scrapping for elusive wins in the final round of Division 2B action before Christmas.