Saracens, last season's winners of an historic Champions Cup and Aviva Premiership double, will get their 2016/17 European campaign underway with a truly heavyweight clash with three-time champions Toulon at Stade Félix Mayol on Saturday, October 15.
Leinster head coach Leo Cullen says that Robbie Henshaw and Sean O'Brien are 'making good progress' and that Jonathan Sexton is 'a couple of weeks away' from making a return to action for the province.
Munster will enter the competitive season off the back of a comprehensive 52-21 triumph over Worcester Warriors, with James Cronin, Simon Zebo, Darren Sweetnam, Ronan O'Mahony, Ian Keatley and Cian Bohane all touching down and the province's scrum yielding a penalty try.
Ireland internationals James Cronin, Tommy O'Donnell and Simon Zebo will line out for Munster in Cork this Friday with injury returnee Tyler Bleyendaal and new signing Jean Kleyn also included in Rassie Erasmus' team to face Worcester Warriors at Irish Independent Park (kick-off 7pm).
New All Black recruit Charles Piutau lit up Kingspan Stadium tonight as he scored a try and made two more in a 29-19 victory over top Aviva Premiership outfit Northampton Saints in Ulster's final pre-season friendly.
The Ulster coaching staff have named the two squads for Friday's double header at Kingspan Stadium. Ulster 'A' will take on Canada 'A' at 5.15pm and the province's senior team will host Northampton Saints at 7.30pm.
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.