Leinster are determined to score another famous victory over Clermont Auvergne on French soil - memories of their 2012 semi-final success remain fresh - in their bid to become European's most decorated side. This afternoon's last-four clash in Lyon is the province's 150th European Cup match.
Dolphin and Nenagh Ormond will meet in an all-Munster Division 1B promotion/relegation play-off final next Saturday, while Armagh needed extra-time to see off Wanderers' challenge and the Division 2B play-offs were both won by the away teams, Rainey Old Boys and Tullamore.
Defending champions Saracens showed their class with a 20-point second half salvo, including tries from Mako Vunipola and Chris Wyles, to knock Munster out of the Champions Cup at the semi-final stage.
After four successive defeats in European Cup semi-finals, and a Challenge Cup semi-final reversal at Thomond Park, the time feels right for Munster to return to the final stage after a gap of nine years. Reigning champions Saracens can expect a red-hot welcome at a packed out Aviva Stadium.
Exemplifying the never-say-die attitude with teams from the province, Peter Malone's Munster 'A' side erased an 18-point deficit to secure their first British & Irish Cup title since 2012. Their 29-28 final win over Jersey Reds will live long in the memory of those who attended Irish Independent Park tonight.
Six promotion/relegation play-off semi-finals take place in the lower divisions of the Ulster Bank League this weekend, with three of them in Cork where Highfield, Dolphin and Sunday's Well will be looking to extend their seasons.
There are four heavyweight contenders in the Division 1A semi-final line-up, with Lansdowne and Clontarf, who have shared the trophy over the last four years with two wins each, facing off against Bateman Cup kingpins and last season's beaten league finalists Cork Constitution and Young Munster who have reached this stage for a third year in a row.
The quartet of clubs all looking to secure the final place in Ulster Bank League Division 1A next season include Garryowen, the second-from-bottom finishers in the top flight, their Limerick rivals UL Bohemians and Leinster duo Old Wesley and Naas.
Ireland captain Rory Best says the upcoming British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand and Ireland's summer tour to the USA and Japan will provide 'a great test' of Irish rugby's depth at international level.
The Ireland Under-18 and Under-19 squads had a busy Easter period with seven matches played in Ashbourne, Cardiff, Llanelli, Caerphilly and Bordeaux. Check out some of the tries scored. Full match reports are available on www.irishrugby.ie.