The Aviva National Mini Rugby Festival rolled into the Aviva Stadium last Saturday with twenty teams of Under-10s, hundreds of kids, coaches and parents and two very special guests - Luke Fitzgerald and the RBS 6 Nations trophy.
The Munster squad completed an overnight camp with a pitch session in Thomond Park today having gathered in Limerick yesterday to prepare for the upcoming GUINNESS PRO12 final against Glasgow Warriors.
Shane Jennings will captain the Barbarians against Ireland XV at Thomond Park on Thursday night (kick-off 7.45pm). He captains a starting side containing nine different nationalities with 466 international appearances between them.
Munster are chasing a fourth GUINNESS PRO12 title and their first since they won the final against Leinster at Thomond Park in 2011. That was their most recent appearance in a major final and was their fifth successive victory in the final of all competitions they have contested.
Ireland Under-20 backs Nick McCarthy and Garry Ringrose and Feargal O'Rourke from team sponsors PwC spoke to Irish Rugby TV as the squad prepare for the World Rugby U-20 Championship which starts next week in Italy.
Ulster fell at the penultimate hurdle in the GUINNESS PRO12 play-offs for the second year in a row, losing tonight's semi-final by two points to Glasgow Warriors who qualify for their second consecutive final.
Connacht's quest to qualify for next season's European Champions Cup takes them back to Kingsholm on Sunday where they will be gunning for revenge against their Challenge Cup conquerors from earlier in the season, Gloucester.
Munster head coach Anthony Foley has named his team for Saturday's GUINNESS PRO12 semi-final against the Ospreys at Thomond Park (kick-off 2.30pm), with returning captain Peter O'Mahony and winger Simon Zebo both fit to start.