Today's five promotion/relegation play-off winners have completed the divisional line-ups for next season's Ulster Bank League, with all roads now leading to the Aviva Stadium for next Sunday's Division 1A final between defending champions Clontarf and Bateman Cup winners Cork Constitution.
While Les Kiss' senior team were succumbing to defeat in Swansea, Ulster's domestic clubs had a red-letter day in the Ulster Bank League as Armagh, Rainey Old Boys and Omagh all gained promotion with play-off victories.
With no less than seven of the Munster 'A' squad that won the British & Irish Cup just over a week ago included for this trip to Italy, Munster took another step towards further silverware this evening, securing a home GUINNESS PRO12 semi-final with a 34-14 bonus point win over Benetton Treviso.
First-time finalists Old Belvedere have the honour of hosting the Ulster Bank Bateman Cup decider - so can 'Belvo bounce back from relegation to end their season with a national trophy, or will Cork Constitution continue their dominance of the prestigious competition with a fifth title in-a-row?
Connacht will be aiming to keep up their proud home record against Welsh regions - they have only lost to the Ospreys in the last three seasons - when they host the play-off-chasing Scarlets at the Sportsground tonight.
Ulster's round 21 clash with the Ospreys promises to be a dramatic affair at the Liberty Stadium, with both sides aware that victory in the fixture will represent a huge step forward in their bid to reach the GUINNESS PRO12 semi-finals.
The 2016/17 IRFU Junior Interprovincial Championship kicks off on Saturday with Leinster hosting Connacht at Newbridge RFC and Munster beginning their title defence with a trip to Randalstown to play their Ulster counterparts.
The final 'ups and downs' in this season's Ulster Bank League will be confirmed tomorrow afternoon, with excitement, thrills, spills and tension guaranteed in five all-or-nothing promotion/relegation play-off clashes.
Director of rugby Rassie Erasmus has made ten changes for Munster's return to GUINNESS PRO12 action as the province take on Benetton Treviso at Stadio di Monigo on Saturday in the penultimate round of the Championship (kick-off 7.05pm local time/6.05pm Irish time).
With their European title dreams over for another year, Leinster now have their sights firmly set on a strong finish to the GUINNESS PRO12's regular season as they build towards a home semi-final in three weeks' time.