12 Dec, 14:42
Prop Cian Healy is expected to miss the start of the 2014 RBS 6 Nations after undergoing surgery on his injured ankle on Wednesday.
(L-R): IRFU President Andy Crawford, Shannon coach Mick Galway, Cork Con manager Bobby Kahn and AIB Sponsorship manager Jim Kelly at the AIB Cup draw on November 3
The eagerly awaited AIB Cup kicks off on Saturday evening in Athlone as Buccaneers take on Ballymena in the Preliminary Round, under the Dubarry Park floodlights (kick-off 7.30pm).
The winners of the game will go through to the First Round proper of the inaugural competition where they will face De La Salle Palmerston.
In the other First Round games, Malone have secured their place in the tie against Terenure College after confirming their qualification by way of finishing fourth in the Ulster Senior League.
- FIRST ROUND -
Saturday, December 17: (kick-offs 2.00pm)
Belfast Harlequins v Suttonians, Deramore Park
Clontarf v Dungannon, Castle Avenue
De La Salle Palmerston v Buccaneers/Ballymena, Kilternan
Dolphin v Garryowen, Musgrave Park
Galwegians v Cashel, Crowley Park
Greystones v St Mary's College, Dr Hickey Park
Terenure College v Malone, Lakelands Park
Sunday, December 18:
Shannon v Cork Constitution, Thomond Park
- QUARTER-FINALS -
Saturday, February 11, 2006
- SEMI-FINALS -
Saturday, February 25
- FINAL -
Saturday, April 8