Leinster have shown themselves to be more than capable of overcoming the odds by winning big European knockout games in France, and that is the task facing Matt O'Connor's men when they take on defending champions Toulon in Marseille on Sunday.
After training at the RDS this morning, Leinster head coach Matt O'Connor has announced his team to take on Toulon in Sunday's European Champions Cup semi-final in Marseille (kick-off 4.15pm local time/3.15pm Irish time).
The IRFU would like to invite applications for the position of Participation Rugby Operations Manager. Reporting to the Participation Rugby Manager, the role holder will lead the operational delivery of IRFU's game wide strategy for TAG/Touch/Play Rugby programmes implemented by the IRFU and Provincial Branches.
Ulster and Ireland prop Declan Fitzpatrick is to retire from rugby on medical grounds. The 31-year-old played 98 times for Ulster and made seven Test appearances for Ireland, three of which were against the All Blacks. He also represented the Ireland Wolfhounds on nine occasions.
The GUINNESS PRO12 final at Kingspan Stadium in Belfast on Saturday, May 30 is nearing a sell-out with just over 400 terrace tickets left for public sale and very strong ticket interest among the five teams still in contention for the play-offs. Each of the finalists will receive 2,000 tickets and these are expected to be snapped up quickly.
The anticipation is building ahead of tonight's annual Colours match between UCD and Dublin University which takes place at the Belfield Bowl at 7.30pm. The Women's game between the two arch rivals will be played as the curtain raiser on the Astro pitch (4pm).
Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring TD, today announced an investment package of 7.4 million euro from the Irish Sports Council, to support grassroots development in Rugby, Football and Gaelic Games.
Portlaoise RFC played host to hundreds of boys and girls from all over Ireland in the second Aviva Mini Rugby Festival of the season. We caught up with Ireland's Rhys Ruddock and Nora Stapleton and some of the young players at last Saturday's event. There was also a guest appearance by the Men's and Women's RBS 6 Nations trophies.
Ireland will face an interesting kind of pressure when they take on the Barbarians next month says Donncha O'Callaghan. The Munster and Ireland lock played against the famous invitational side when Ireland were beaten 29-23 at Thomond Park five years ago - then helped the Barbarians beat a young England team 39-29 last summer.
The Lansdowne Under-20s edged out their Dublin University counterparts in a thrilling Fraser McMullen Cup final at Anglesea Road on Sunday. Kevin O'Connor's late try proved decisive as Lansdowne ran out 16-15 winners.