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.
As the Ireland Men's Sevens programme continues to build towards the Rugby Europe Grand Prix Series in June and July, Anthony Eddy, the IRFU Director of Sevens Rugby, has named a 14-man squad to take part in a two-day training camp in Cardiff on Thursday and Friday this week.
The fixtures have been announced and the tickets are on sale for the pool stages of the Women's Rugby World Cup in Ireland this year. We spoke to Tom Tierney and Niamh Briggs as they look forward to a huge year for rugby in Ireland.
Reigning champions England will kick of the Women's Rugby World Cup in Dublin with a match against Spain, while hosts Ireland will start their challenge on the opening day in UCD against Australia. Tickets for the pool stages of the Women's Rugby World Cup go on sale on Monday, January 9 at 9am.
Thomond Park hosted the future stars of Irish Rugby this afternoon with the annual challenge game between the Ireland Under-20s and the Munster Development XV once again proving to be an entertaining contest.
The December edition of 'Inside Pass' - presented by Louise Galvin - features a look back at 2016 and an exclusive interview with IRFU Performance Director David Nucifora about Ireland's Sevens programme and player development.
The completion of the Asia/Oceania qualification tournament earlier today means the make-up of the pools for Women's Rugby World Cup 2017 is now complete. Japan, who qualified as Asia/Oceania 1, will join hosts Ireland, France and Australia in Pool C, while Hong Kong (Asia/Oceania 2) are the final piece of the Pool A jigsaw.