Three teams - leaders Munster, Connacht and last year's winners Leinster - are still in the running to be crowned IRFU Women's Interprovincial champions for 2014/15. It all makes for a fascinating final round on Saturday.
The first interprovincial derby of the 2014/15 campaign sees high-flying Connacht entertain reigning league champions Leinster. Should the hosts triumph, it will be the first time they have won three successive matches at the start of a season.
The Leinster team to face Connacht in Friday's GUINNESS PRO12 derby match in Galway has been announced - Fergus McFadden comes in to replace the injured Zane Kirchner and Rhys Ruddock will start his first game of the season.
Following training at UCD this week, Leinster head coach Matt O'Connor gave further updates on the injury situation concerning a number of players ahead of Friday's interprovincial derby clash with Connacht.
This Friday Leinster will travel to the Sportsground to face Connacht in the first interprovincial derby of the GUINNESS PRO12 season. And for Leinster's new scrum coach, Marco Caputo, this will not be first time he has faced the men from the west.
Munster won a defensive chess match against Leinster to make it two wins out of two in the IRFU Women's Interprovincial Championship, while seven-try Connacht dazzled Ulster in Galway. Kate Rowan reviews the round 2 games.
The 2014/15 IRFU Under-20 Interprovincial Championship is set to go down to the wire next weekend, with unbeaten Ulster currently out in front and Leinster and Connacht - with one win apiece - snapping at their heels.
After a bruising encounter away to Glasgow Warriors, both Sean O'Brien and Ian Madigan sat out training but are expected to be fine for the first home game of the season against the Scarlets this Saturday (kick-off 2.40pm).
The GUINNESS PRO12 began last weekend with a scintillating opening round which saw more tries scored than ever before (33), the second highest ever draw in the competition (Scarlets 32 Ulster 32), and increased attendances at all games resulting in an overall improvement of almost 20% compared to the gates for round 1 last year.
Defending champions Leinster and arch rivals Munster recorded opening victories in the IRFU Women's Interprovincial Championship on Saturday, with both sides winning on the road. Kate Rowan reviews the round 1 action.
Ulster and Leinster are the early front runners in the IRFU Under-20 Interprovincial Championship having recorded bonus point victories over Connacht and Munster respectively in Friday's opening round.
The meeting of title holders Leinster and Glasgow Warriors in a repeat of last season's PRO12 final could light up the opening round, with Sky Sports featuring the Celtic clash on their Saturday evening schedule.
Isaac Boss is in line to become the first player to represent two Irish provinces 100 times when he features for Leinster against Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun Stadium (kick-off 5.15pm) on Saturday in the first round of the GUINNESS PRO12.