Barry Lynn, St.Mary's College Vice Captain, Maurice Crowley, AIB General Manager and Frank Cogan, Cork Constitution Captain at the launch of the AIB Cup Finals day.
The finals for the inaugural AIB Cup and AIB Junior Cups kick off this saturday, 8th April in Lansdowne Road as an exciting double header.
The AIB Junior Cup final will see Ulster side Rainey Old Boys take on Youghal from Cork. The game will kick off at 2.00pm and will be followed by the AIB Cup Final at 4.00pm.
Peter Boyle, Rainey Old Boys Captain, Maurice Crowley, AIB General Manager and Derek Kiely, PRO Youghal RFC with the AIB Junior Cup.
In the senior decider, the Leinster v Munster rivalry set to culminate with the Heineken Cup Semifinal in three weeks will begin this weekend with another interprovincial clash. St.Mary's College, who had an impressive away win over Garryowen in Limerick in the semi finals, will be hoping to make it two wins in a row over Munster clubs as they will play Cork Constitution, who were victorious over Connacht side Buccaneers.
The Munster men will head into the game as favourites due to their higher position in the AIB League Division one table. Cons Captains believes there is alot of desire in the club to be the first side to win it. "Cork Constitution won the first AIB league so there is a great tradition in the club and a great onus on us to win it. We are really looking towards that and emulating that team (of 1991)."
But Cogan does not believe that league position will have any relevance on Saturday, "We're under no illusions that because we are higher up in the league we are going to beat them. Sure they beat Garryowen in the semi-final. We will give them the respect they are owed."
Admission prices to the AIB Cup finals day will be priced at:
- 20 for a family ticket (admission for two adults and four children into the stand)
- 12 for an adult (stand)
- 5 for an adult (terrace)
- 2 schoolchildren
To offset the cost for clubs intending to travel to Lansdowne Road by coach, the IRFU will be covering coach hire costs for the clubs to the value of 450 (or sterling equivalent for Ulster Clubs). For further details or to avail of the offer, clubs must contact Tracy Hadnett in the IRFU at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01 6473800 in advance of the game.