All the senior rugby results from the weekend 1-3 October.
Results from Weekend 1-3rd October Celtic League:Connacht 29 (Tries: O'Loughlin, O'Brien, Farley. Cons: Elwood. Pens: Elwood 4) The Borders 27 (Tries: Brown, Thomson, Hore 2. Cons: Hore 2. Pens: Hore) Edinburgh 35 (Tries: Lee, Pyke. Cons: Paterson 2. Pens: Paterson 7) Cardiff Blues 16 (Tries: Penalty try. Cons: McLeod. Pens: McLeod 3) Neath-Swansea Ospreys 40 (Tries: Tandy, Parker, Millward, R. Jones, Mustoe, Bishop. Cons: Henson 2. Pens: Henson 2) Glasgow Rugby 17 (Tries: Mather, MacFadyen. Cons: Parks, Howarth. Pens: Parks) Munster Senior League:Thomond 14 (Tries: M. Daly, F. Long. Pens: J. Cusack) Garryowen 18 (Tries: R. Niland, G. Hurley. Cons: G. Hurley. Pens: G. Hurley) Young Munster 19 (Tries: 2 penalty tries, K. Horan. Cons: M. Connolly 2) Midleton 6 (Pens: E. Ronan 2) Bruff 15 (Tries: D. Bead, M. Lynch. Cons: M. Lynch. Pens: M. Lynch) UCC 22 (Tries: F. Murphy, A. Laffan, R. Lane. Cons: J. Manning 2. Pens: J. Manning) Clonakilty 20 (Tries: D.Dillon, P. Dillon. Cons: G. Gribb 2. Pens: G. Gribb 2) Dolphin 16 (Tries: T. O'Leary. Cons: J. O'Mahony. Pens: J. O'Mahony 3) Sunday's Well 14 (Tries: C. Duane. Pens: J. Lynch 3) Cork Constitution 28 (Tries: D. Fogarty, C. Healy, M. Lyons, K. Coughlan. Cons: B. Keeshan. Pens: P. McCarthy 2) Waterpark 17 (Tries: G. Conway 2. Cons: A. Buso 2. Pens: A. Buso) Old Crescent 22 (Tries: D.McDonagh, M.Ryan, E. Dalton. Cons: R. McDonald 2. Pens: R.McDonald) Youths Interprovincials:Munster 17 Leinster 20Ulster 13 (P. Glass try. C. Woods 2 pens, con) Connacht 6 (A. Wynne 2 pens) Leinster Senior Cup:Section A:Suttonians 7 (J. Finucane try, J. O'Neill con) Blackrock 24 (R. Molloy, A. O'Neill, R. Rogers try each. C. Kilroy 3 cons, pen) Bective Rangers 28 (S. O'Connor, M. Henly try each. Penalty try. K. Becker try, 3 cons. F. Campion con) Old Belvedere 3 (E. Fitzgerald pen) Section C:Seapoint 17 (S. Bozman 2 tries, P. Bolger try, B. Keegan con)
Old Wesley 13 (K. Southern try, C. McDowell 2 pens, con) Section D:Lansdowne 24 (J. Smith, B. Doherty, A. Maher, B. O'Mahony try each. B. O'Shea 2 cons) Naas 10 (D. Lenihan try, pen, con) Monkstown 27 (D. Morris, M. Knofflock, D. Casey try each. D. Kilbride 2 pens, 3 cons) Skerries 3 (J. Dempsey pen) UCD 27 (E. Hickey 2 tries, 3 pens, 3 cons. R. McCarron try) Terenure College 9 (C. Gildea 3 pens) Ulster Senior League:Dungannon 26 (A. Subherwall, T. Barker, A. Hughes try each. G. Steenson 3 pens, con) Ballymena 12 H. Head, O. Edwards try each. M. Gray con) Belfast Harlequins 59 (C. McCarey 3 tries, I. Humphries 2 tries, 2 cons, L. Stevenson, L. McGowan, M. Kettle, P. McKenzie try each. M. Sweetman 5 cons) Banbridge 0City of Derry 23 (D. Brown 2 tries, J. Moore try. R. McCarter 2 pens, con) Ballynahinch 22 (N. Briar try. J. Callaghan 5 pens, con) Instonians 18 (S. Gardiner, M. Hill try each. S. Flynn 2 pens, con) Ards 30 (A. Derwin, G. Garrett, R. Fisher, C. Agnew try each. S. Paul con, M. Banford 2 pens, con) Malone 25 (C. Henry, G. Burgess try each. G. Fry try, 2 pens, 2 cons) Queens 8 (R. Drysdale try, pen) Connacht Senior League:Galwegians 26 (D. Rogers, S. Meagher try each, P. Noble 4 pens, 2 cons) Connemara 20 (A. Keogh, K. Ward, F. Wood try each. M. Roodman pen, G. Conroy con) Women's RugbyAIL Division 1:Highfield 0Cooke 18Blackrock 25Clanwilliam 0Shannon 12Galwegians 8UL Bohemians 41Boyne 0
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Speaking to RTE Radio rugby correspondent Michael Corcoran, Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt was asked about prioritising players playing in Ireland when it comes to national selection over those who are based overseas.
In an interview broadcast on RTE Radio 1's 'Sunday Sport' programme, Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt discussed the challenges and opportunities presented by the summer tour to the USA and Japan, and also looked ahead to next month's Rugby World Cup Pool Draw.
Speaking about working with the provinces and monitoring players' progress, Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt told RTE Radio 1: "For us, having the best quality of performance within the provinces, getting some really good coaching from the provincial coaches, which we know is happening at the moment, that's the foundation that we need because in the end we get the players in a match week pretty much."
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Peter O'Mahony reflects on what went wrong for Ireland in Cardiff and tells Irish Rugby TV that he is focusing on the squad and their work this week ahead of the final Six Nations game against England.
The Ireland squad paid a visit to Monaghan last week and held an open training session in Monaghan RFC. We spoke to Andrew Trimble after the session which was attended by over 2,000 cheering supporters.