After back-to-back trips to Scotland, Leinster return to the RDS tonight for a mouth-watering clash with the in-form Ospreys, whom they edged out by three points in last season's corresponding fixture.
Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus has made five personnel changes for Saturday's GUINNESS PRO12 round 4 encounter with Edinburgh at Thomond Park (kick-off 3pm). Centre Cian Bohane is set to make his first competitive start for the province.
Munster Rugby is currently inviting applications for a Performance Nutritionist. The Performance Nutritionist will report to the Head of Athletic Performance at Munster Rugby and will have a close working relationship with IRFU Head of Nutrition in managing the delivery and development of nutritional support services for Munster Rugby Senior and identified Academy level players.
In an in-depth interview IRFU Performance Director speaks about Ireland's Rugby World Cup review and the key learnings, the structure of the professional game, player contracts and movement and the challenges and opportunities for Irish Rugby.
The eagerly-awaited 2015/16 IRFU Women's Interprovincial Championship begins this weekend. Niamh Briggs and Lesley Megarity, the respective new Munster and Ulster captains, previewed the competition with Irish Rugby TV.
The opening fixtures this Saturday see defending champions Munster clashing with Connacht at the Sportsground and Leinster, last year's runners-up, face Ulster at Portadown RFC. Both games kick off at 3pm.
The eagerly-awaited 2015/16 IRFU Women's Interprovincial Championship begins this weekend. Newly-appointed Leinster captain Ailis Egan and her Connacht counterpart Ruth O'Reilly spoke to Irish Rugby TV about the competition and facing each other in the scrum.
The opening fixtures this Saturday see defending champions Munster clashing with Connacht at the Sportsground and Leinster, last year's runners-up, face Ulster at Portadown RFC. Both games kick off at 3pm. See http://www.irishrugby.ie/club/women/interpro.php for more Championship details.
After releasing details of the Leinster Academy panel for 2015/16, Academy manager and former Ireland international Girvan Dempsey spoke of his excitement about the new emerging talent and the players who are graduating to the professional ranks.
Mick McGrath is one of the latest players to make the step up from Ulster Bank League rugby to the professional game. The young Leinster winger has scored tries against Cardiff and Edinburgh so far this season.
Speaking to Rob Murphy after Connacht's PRO12 victory over the Dragons, head coach Pat Lam said: "There are some things to learn from, but we're pleased to start with a win. When you consider nine in that starting group are under 23, it's good to see some of those talented guys get a chance - particularly the new ones."
Fresh from launching the new 'Give it a Try - Girls Minis' initiative aimed at geting more girls playing rugby, Ireland out-half Nora Stapleton previews the Women's Interprovincial Championship which kicks off this weekend in Galway and Belfast.
Irish Rugby TV ventured west to cover the launch of Mazda's continued support of Connacht Rugby. We hear from new arrival and Mazda Ambassador Mils Muliaina, Kieran Marmion, Jake Heenan and former captain Gavin Duffy.
Looking forward to the new GUINNESS PRO12 season, Connacht captain John Muldoon said: "We've a lot of younger guys who have big years ahead of them and a few big name signings who will hopefully be able to fit into the system and work hard among the ethos of Connacht Rugby."
Irish Rugby TV was at the launch of the GUINNESS PRO12 and we caught up with Jamie Heaslip, Pat Lam, John Muldoon, Matt O'Connor and Rory Sheridan of Diageo as the new sponsor gets ready to kick off an exciting season.
Speaking during Connacht's training trip to Ballinrobe RFC, captain John Muldoon said: "It's great to see the jerseys and the people coming out to support us today. Long may it continue because we're not a Galway team, we're a Connacht team and that's what we want to push and that's why we come out on these days out."
Young hooker David Heffernan, who extended his current deal with Connacht in April, enjoyed a trip back to his native Mayo as Pat Lam's men held an open training session at Ballinrobe RFC earlier this week.