With action in the European Challenge Cup kicking off tonight and games in the European Champions Cup, the Ulster Bank League and British & Irish Cup all taking place over the weekend, there will a significant amount of IRFU referees on duty.
Tickets are now on sale for the first ever Women's November International Series to be held in the UCD Bowl. Kids go free with any adult tickets. Ireland will face world champions England, top ranked Canada and the Black Ferns of New Zealand.
The Irish Rugby Football Union have opened a book of condolence at our offices on 10-12 Lansdowne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, for members of the public wishing to send their support to the Foley family.
A pall of sadness and grief hung over the country's rugby grounds as word came through from Paris of the sudden death of Munster head coach Anthony Foley, just as the fifth round of games in the Women's All-Ireland League kicked off. Aisling Crowe rounds up Sunday's fixtures.
To celebrate Vodafone Ireland's inaugural year as the new official sponsors of the Irish Rugby team, Ireland's leading total communications provider has teamed up with former Ireland stars Donncha O'Callaghan and Eoin Reddan to launch the Vodafone #TeamOfUs Shirt Swap.
IRFU international referees John Lacey and George Clancy will referee Test matches in Scotland and Italy next month, while France's Mathieu Raynal and Jerome Garces and South Africa's Marius van der Westhuizen and Jaco Peyper will have the whistle for Ireland's four November games.
The IRFU's Girls X7s Rugby Blitzes are kicking off around the provinces this week, and two of the players taking part - Niamh Lawlor and Angel Ashe-Kilroy from Firhouse Community College - were joined at the launch by Ireland Women's Sevens internationals Ashleigh Baxter, Amee-Leigh Crowe and Stacey Flood.
This November, the Ireland Women's team will compete in their first ever autumn international series, facing England, Canada and New Zealand in UCD. Rewind back to November 2015, to the Ireland Women's first ever autumn International against England at the Stoop and you'll certainly see a smile on Mairead Coyne's face.