Ireland international Iain Henderson will start at lock for Ulster for the first time this season, following his appearance in the back row last weekend. He will combine with fellow Ireland international Dan Tuohy in the second row
Division 2A resumes for a three week run in to Christmas and things are as tight as ever with a nine point spread over the top seven clubs. The clash between Banbridge and Cashel at Rifle Park could be a key game this weekend.
The semi-final draw for the Ulster Bank All-Ireland Junior Cup has been made. Former winners Enniscorthy have been drawn at home to Bangor, while Instonians host Clogher Valley in a mouth-watering all-Ulster affair.
Connacht Rugby and the IRFU are pleased to announce the extended contract of Ireland international Kieran Marmion. The 23-year-old, who was first capped for Ireland in the summer of 2014, has put pen to paper on a new two-year contract with Connacht Rugby.
As most people are aware, the use of eyewear/goggles on the field of play has never been permitted in the contact sport of rugby in Ireland. The IRFU has highlighted and issued reminders on this on a number of occasions. However, in recent weeks, we received a small number of queries about the ongoing World Rugby eyewear/goggle trial.
Munster continued preparations for Saturday's home interprovincial match against Connacht with the first squad session of the week at UL. A number of players continue to work with Munster medical staff in rehabbing some recent bumps and bruises and a number of longer term injuries.
Legendary former Ireland international Philip Orr was joined by current Leinster players Sean Cronin, Aaron Dundon and Colm O'Shea at the RDS today for the launch of 'Rugby Memories', a new initiative with the Alzheimer Society of Ireland (ASI) who are one of two charity partners to Leinster Rugby this season.
Connacht's victory over Benetton Treviso last time out and the loss of the Scarlets' 100% record saw Pat Lam's men take over top spot in the GUINNES PRO12 table - a position the province had not held, after a full round of games, since the start of 2010/11 season.
Ahead of the game against Ulster on Friday, Leinster scrum coach John Fogarty spoke about the lessons learned from the defeat to Bath and how the province's pack will be taking those lessons into this weekend's interprovincial clash.
Saturday was a red-letter day for Ulster club rugby as three northern clubs (Bangor, Clogher Valley and Instonians) qualified for the Ulster Bank All-Ireland Junior Cup semi-finals, with 2014 champions Enniscorthy the other team to make the last-four.
Ulster and Leinster were both beaten by English opposition in round 2 of the European Champions Cup, while Connacht kept up their winning form against Brive in the Challenge Cup. Munster's clash with Stade Francais was postponed.