The 2016/17 IRFU Junior Interprovincial Championship kicks off on Saturday with Leinster hosting Connacht at Newbridge RFC and Munster beginning their title defence with a trip to Randalstown to play their Ulster counterparts.
The final 'ups and downs' in this season's Ulster Bank League will be confirmed tomorrow afternoon, with excitement, thrills, spills and tension guaranteed in five all-or-nothing promotion/relegation play-off clashes.
First-time finalists Old Belvedere have the honour of hosting the Ulster Bank Bateman Cup decider - so can 'Belvo bounce back from relegation to end their season with a national trophy, or will Cork Constitution continue their dominance of the prestigious competition with a fifth title in-a-row?
Director of rugby Rassie Erasmus has made ten changes for Munster's return to GUINNESS PRO12 action as the province take on Benetton Treviso at Stadio di Monigo on Saturday in the penultimate round of the Championship (kick-off 7.05pm local time/6.05pm Irish time).
With their European title dreams over for another year, Leinster now have their sights firmly set on a strong finish to the GUINNESS PRO12's regular season as they build towards a home semi-final in three weeks' time.
Back rower Clive Ross, lock Alan O'Connor, and scrum half Dave Shanahan have all signed contract extensions that will keep them at Ulster until the summer of 2019, while hooker John Andrew has agreed terms to stay with the province until 2020.
The Bateman Cup was first contested back in 1922 between Lansdowne and Cork Constitution. This weekend the Cork club are aiming for their fifth title in as many seasons. We take a look back at the history of this venerable trophy.
All eyes return to the GUINNESS PRO12 Championship with four teams still fighting to join Leinster and Munster in the semi-finals. The Ospreys and Scarlets form the Welsh challenge, while Ulster have it within their control to make it three Irish representatives in the final series.
The Munster squad regrouped at the High Performance Centre in UL yesterday as they switch their focus to the final two rounds of GUINNESS PRO12 action where they hope to secure a home semi-final at Thomond Park on Saturday, May 20 (kick-off 6.15pm).