The IRFU Interprovincial Sevens Championship will take place on Saturday, June 4 at a yet to be confirmed Dublin venue.
The Interprovincial Championship will be used in conjunction with the Club Sevens Championships to continue to build on the existing Sevens foundations in Irish rugby and to begin the process of talent identification for possible future participation at international level.
Only players who participate in the IRFU Club Sevens Championships will be eligible for selection for the provincial teams.
IRFU Director of Rugby Eddie Wigglesworth said: "Both the Club Sevens Championships and the Interprovincial Sevens Championship are new initiatives to build on the Sevens tradition that exists in the individual club tournaments already taking place in Ireland.
"The concept is to build up the experiences of Sevens rugby for club players and through the Interprovincial Championships, bring the cream of that talent together.
"We have a strong belief in the quality and adaptability of the Irish rugby player and the great challenge that Irish rugby has, in terms of Sevens, is creating that talent base that will make the progression from domestic competition to potential international standard.
"The first rung on the ladder for that talent is the Club Sevens Championships and now, with the introduction of the Interprovincial Sevens Championship, we hope that this will be a vehicle to begin the identification of that talent."
The closing date of Thursday, April 21 for entering teams into the provincial IRFU Club Sevens Championships is fast approaching and clubs can enter their team by logging onto www.irfusevens.ie
The Championships are open to both men's (senior and junior) and women's teams drawn from clubs that compete in the regular fifteen-a-side leagues.
The top two teams from each provincial Club Sevens Championship will then go on to compete in the IRFU All-Ireland Club Sevens Championship that will take place on Saturday, May 21 at St. Mary's College RFC.
The winning team from the All-Ireland Sevens Championship will go on to represent Ireland at a European 'Ultimate 7s' tournament during the summer.
The IRFU Sevens programme will be further extended in the 2011/12 season to include a Schools and Youths Championship.
IRFU SEVENS CHAMPIONSHIPS:
Munster Club Sevens Championship
Ulster Club Sevens Championship
Date: Saturday, May 7
Venue: Belfast Harlequins RFC
Connacht Club Sevens Championship
Date: Saturday, May 14
Venue: Galway Corinthians RFC
Leinster Club Sevens Championship
Date: Saturday, May 14
Venue: Terenure College RFC & Terenure College grounds
All-Ireland Club Sevens Championship
Date: Saturday, May 21
Venue: St. Mary's College RFC
IRFU Interprovincial Sevens
Date: Saturday, June 4
Venue: Dublin venue (tbc)
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