Limerick IT contested the 2005, 2006 and now the 2007 final and won the competition against Cork Institute of Technology two years ago, but were beaten last year in Thomond Park by Athlone IT.
The Garda College reached the final after defeating the defending champions 16 â00 13 in extra time in the semi finals. The game was all square at 13pts each at full time but in extra time, cometh the hour cometh the ageless Gerry O'Sullivan from Caherciveen Rugby Club who kicked the winning penalty. This not only secured the Garda College a place in the final but also the opportunity to host the All Ireland Colleges Finals.
Limerick IT reached their third final in a row when they defeated Waterford IT 32 - 15. The star of the show for Limerick was Out Half Tadhg Bennett, who plays with Shannon and contributed 22 points.
The Division 2 Final sees the University of Ulster, Jordanstown take on Cork Institute of Technology. Jordanstown progressed to the final when they defeated Dublin Institute of Technology by the narrowest of margins 11 - 10 in Newry last Wednesday. Cork IT reached the final by virtue of the heavy defeat of University of Ulster, Coleraine 41-0 in Monkstown last Thursday.
Irish Colleges Rugby Union Finals
Wednesday, 28th March 2007
Venue: Garda College, Templemore Co Tipperary.
Division 2 Final
University of Ulster Jordanstown V Cork Institute of Technology 2pm
Division 1 Final
Garda College V Limerick Institute of Technology 4pm