The venues and kick-off times for the IRFU Women’s Interprovincial Championship have been confirmed. Reigning champions Leinster will kick off their title defence away to Ulster on Sunday, December 3.
Leinster were crowned IRFU Women’s Interprovincial champions after a seismic tussle with three in a row-seeking Munster at Donnybrook last December, and both sides square off in the final round again this year.
The Sportsground, Donnybrook and Thomond Park will also play host to fixtures over the three weekends of what is set to be a fiercely-contested Interpro campaign.
Connacht and Munster kick off proceedings on Saturday, December 2 at 2.30pm at the Sportsground. Munster won last season’s corresponding fixture 12-8 at Irish Independent Park thanks to tries from Eimear Considine and Deirbhile Nic A Bhaird.
Ulster open their campaign at home to Leinster at Dromore RFC on Sunday, December 3. The Ulster side suffered a heavy defeat last season, going down 46-0 to the eventual champions.
Round 2 will see Leinster hosting Connacht in Donnybrook and Munster at home to Ulster at Dooradoyle, home of Garryowen FC. These matches take place on Saturday, December 9 with Leinster’s game kicking off at 5pm, while the match in Limerick is down for a 3pm start.
The final round of Interpro matches takes place on Saturday, December 16 with a potential decider at Thomond Park between arch rivals Munster and Leinster. Ulster wrap up the series at home to Connacht at Belfast Harlequins RFC’s Deramore Park.
2017/18 IRFU WOMEN’S INTERPROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIP FIXTURES:
ROUND 1 –
CONNACHT v MUNSTER, the Sportsground, Saturday, December 2, 2.30pm
ULSTER v LEINSTER, Dromore RFC, Sunday, December 3, 2pm
ROUND 2 –
LEINSTER v CONNACHT, Donnybrook, Saturday, December 9, 5pm
MUNSTER v ULSTER, Garryowen FC, Saturday, December 9, 3pm
ROUND 3 –
MUNSTER v LEINSTER, Thomond Park, Saturday, December 16, 2.30pm
ULSTER v CONNACHT, Belfast Harlequins RFC, Saturday, December 16, 3pm