With Ulster and Munster involved in Heineken Cup action on January 5th, it made sense for the two sides to play a week earlier.
Two Second Division ties, Belfast Harlequins v Malone and UL Bohemians v Portadown have also been switced from Jan 5th to December 29th.
Division 1. Saturday 29th December 2001. Dungannon v Shannon.
Saturday 5th January 2001.
Sunday January 6th 2001. Buccaneers v UCD Clontarf v Galwegians. Garryowen v Blackrock. Young Munster v Cork Constitution.
Division 2. Saturday 29th December 2001. Belfast Harlequins v Malone. U.L. Bohemians v Portadown.
Saturday January 5th 2001. City of Derry v Thomond. Malone v Dolphin. Wanderers v UCC. Sunday 6th January. Old Crescent v Bective Rangers. Sundays Well v U.L. Bohemians.
Division 3. Saturday 5th January. Banbridge v Naas. Clonakilty v Ballina. Connemara v Richmond. Dublin University v Waterpark. Greystones v Suttonians. Instonians v Corinthians. Monkstown v Bangor. Old Wesley v Skerries.