The Bateman Cup was first contested back in 1922 between Lansdowne and Cork Constitution. This weekend the Cork club are aiming for their fifth title in as many seasons. We take a look back at the history of this venerable trophy.
All eyes return to the GUINNESS PRO12 Championship with four teams still fighting to join Leinster and Munster in the semi-finals. The Ospreys and Scarlets form the Welsh challenge, while Ulster have it within their control to make it three Irish representatives in the final series.
The Munster squad regrouped at the High Performance Centre in UL yesterday as they switch their focus to the final two rounds of GUINNESS PRO12 action where they hope to secure a home semi-final at Thomond Park on Saturday, May 20 (kick-off 6.15pm).
Head coach Leo Cullen has given an injury update as the Leinster squad started their preparations ahead of next Friday's visit of Glasgow Warriors to the RDS in the penultimate round of the GUINNESS PRO12.
The UL Bohemians Women's squad completed a fantastic season for the club by winning the All-Ireland Cup final against Blackrock - 26-17 - at Dubarry Park on Sunday. It was a third 2016/17 title for Mike Storey's side who were also crowned All-Ireland League and Munster Senior Cup champions.
Leinster are determined to score another famous victory over Clermont Auvergne on French soil - memories of their 2012 semi-final success remain fresh - in their bid to become European's most decorated side. This afternoon's last-four clash in Lyon is the province's 150th European Cup match.
Dolphin and Nenagh Ormond will meet in an all-Munster Division 1B promotion/relegation play-off final next Saturday, while Armagh needed extra-time to see off Wanderers' challenge and the Division 2B play-offs were both won by the away teams, Rainey Old Boys and Tullamore.