The Ulster Bank Club International coaching team of Paul Cunningham and Killian Keane have named an extended training squad of 32 players from 15 different clubs in advance of the two Club international fixtures.
Rory Scannell turned in a man-of-the-match performance at out-half as his 24-point haul, including two terrific individual tries, helped Dolphin claim a bonus point in Saturday's 34-15 Ulster Bank League win over UCD in Cork.
Garryowen made it nine victories in 12 league outings with a comprehensive 39-10 triumph over Corinthians, claiming what had seemed an unlikely bonus point in very wet, windy and cold conditions in Galway.
Galwegians won a tense encounter away to UL Bohemians on the Thomond Park back pitch. They did it the hard way, showing great character and no little discipline to overturn a first half deficit against a dogged and determined home side.
Ballynahinch head coach Derek Suffern is hoping his side can take some of their excellent home form on the road in the coming weeks as they look to break into the top four of Ulster Bank League Division 1A.
Having struggled past Old Belvedere last week, Division 1A leaders Lansdowne were back at full tilt on Saturday as they ran in five tries without reply to beat defending champions Clontarf 35-0 at Castle Avenue.
Having struggled past Old Belvedere last week, Division 1A leaders Lansdowne were back at full tilt today as they ran in five tries without reply to beat defending champions Clontarf 35-0 at Castle Avenue.
Division 1A leaders Lansdowne recaptured their best form as they stormed to a 35-0 bonus point victory away to defending champions Clontarf this afternoon, while Garryowen and Dublin University were the main movers at the business end of Division 1B.
The meeting of defending champions Clontarf and current leaders Lansdowne will command much of the focus in Division 1A this weekend, while fellow play-off chasers Terenure and Cork Constitution face tough trips to Limerick and Down respectively.
This weekend marks the two-thirds point in the regular Ulster Bank League season. Some clubs are right on track in terms of reaching their goals in Division 1B, whereas others have obvious ground to make up.
Lansdowne have moved seven points clear at the top of Ulster Bank League Division 1A, but they had to endure a nerve-jangling finish against Old Belvedere whose goal-kicker Josh Glynn missed a late conversion on the Aviva Stadium's back pitch.