Three of the divisions in the Ulster Bank League have been completed with promotion and relegation decided, while Division 1B has a final round to play next weekend. Check out the ups and downs across the league.
There was huge drama at the bottom end of Division 1A as the final day results saw Shannon seal a place in the promotion/relegation play-off, with their local rivals UL Bohemians dropping down automatically. Ballynahinch have been confirmed as Division 1B champions, while away sides Naas and Richmond prospered in the lower league play-offs.
The lower tiers of the Ulster Bank League took centre stage today with Terenure College edging out Corinthians for the Division 2A title and NUIM Barnhall joining champions Rainey Old Boys in earning automatic promotion from Division 2B. Meanwhile, Tullamore will become the league's newest club next season after winning the Round Robin qualifiers.
Minister for Sport Leo Varadkar TD and Ireland captain Jamie Heaslip today launched the GUINNESS Mid-Strength Irish Rugby Gathering which is set to attract hundreds of teams to a one day festival of Sevens, Tag and Touch rugby in Dublin on Saturday, August 17.
Irish Rugby will deliver an estimated 250,000 euro boost to the economy with over 100 teams expected to 'Gather' in University College Dublin on Saturday, August 17 to compete in the GUINNESS Mid-Strength Irish Rugby Gathering, organised by the IRFU and Leinster Rugby.
St. Mary's College RFC celebrated 10 years of Women's Rugby in the Club in 'Grand' style at the weekend with Ireland's Grand Slam Captain Fiona Coghlan and team mate Nora Stapleton in attendance. IRFU Women's Rugby Chairperson, Mary Quinn, was also in attendance for what was a fun filled and proud celebration.
The Amlin Challenge Cup and Heineken Cup finals will dominate the newspaper and website columns during the coming week and ERC, in partnership with the IRFU and Leinster Rugby, will be delivering a grassroots rugby programme that will leave a lifetime of rugby memories for those who take part.
Three of Ireland's Grand Slam winners - Nora Stapleton, Ailis Egan and Marie Louise Reilly received a heroes welcome at the recent Wicklow girls blitz which featured teams from seventeen clubs. Ronan Griffey from Wicklow RFC brings us this report.