Reigning champions Cork Constitution and Leinster hopefuls Old Belvedere were both in dominant form in today's Bateman Cup semi-finals, while Division 2B leaders Armagh relinquished the only 100% record left in this season's Ulster Bank League when they were beaten 23-14 by Wanderers.
Ulster slumped to their fourth Champions Cup defeat of the season, a result which consigns them to the bottom of Pool 5, as visitors Bordeaux Bègles made the most of their scoring opportunities to win 26-22 at Kingspan Stadium.
Centre Stuart McCloskey was one of the few Ulster players to impress during their round 6 loss to Bordeaux Bègles
Looking to sew up home advantage in the Champions Cup quarter-finals, Munster will be on their guard against a Racing side that rebounded very well with a 34-3 hammering of Leicester Tigers last weekend.
With only three defeats in their last 25 European outings in Belfast, Ulster are hoping to continue their proud home record and kick-start their season ahead of a crucial block of GUINNESS PRO12 games.
Two of the Ulster Bank League's form teams meet at Temple Hill tomorrow where Buccaneers stand in the way of Cork Constitution and another Bateman Cup final appearance. Up in the capital, Old Belvedere and Ballynahinch will clash in the other last-four fixture.
Connacht Eagles will play Cornish Pirates at Mennaye Field on Saturday (kick-off 2pm) in their final British & Irish Cup game this season. Head coach Mossy Lawler has named his side for the trip to Cornwall, making eight changes compared to last week's selection.
Ireland Women's head coach Tom Tierney has named a 30-strong squad for this weekend's training camp, which will also see the side play an uncapped warm-up fixture against Wales at Donnybrook on Sunday (kick-off 2pm).
Unbeaten leaders Armagh enter the second half of the Division 2B season with a nine-point lead over their closest rivals. Tomorrow's visit to Wanderers and next week's home encounter with Greystones could have a huge bearing on the race for promotion.
The meeting of the bottom two sides, Boyne and Kanturk, could turn out to be the most fascinating of the five fixtures as Ulster Bank League Division 2C resumes tomorrow with games in Leinster, Munster and Ulster.
IRFU Director of Rugby Sevens Anthony Eddy will take an Ireland Women's Sevens squad of 14 players to Australia on Monday for a training camp as part of the preparations for the Sydney leg of the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series.