Former Ireland international and Leinster player Girvan Dempsey took over as Academy Manager in November last year and ended his first season in charge with British & Irish Cup success. This year he will be hoping they can retain their title, while also playing some quality rugby.
The first challenge facing the team is Ealing Trailfinders. Ealing were champions of the English National League One last season, which granted them promotion to the Championship.
Ealing haven't had a great start to the season so far and currently sit at the bottom of the English Championship table, having lost their opening four games. In their most recent match against Leeds Carnegie, Ealing shipped 64 points and scored three. T
hey also suffered defeats against London Scottish (44-13), Rotherham Titans (79-9) and Cornish Pirates (31-17).
When Ealing travel to Donnybrook this Saturday they will be looking for a win to kick-start their season and will represent a tough challenge for Leinster 'A'.
Ealing Trailfinders - The Facts:
Ealing Trailfinders are based in West London, playing their home matches in Trailfinders Sports Club.
Since the Club's first match on Ealing Common in 1869, Trailfinders have had many different homes in the London area - Hangar Lane, West Middlesex Polo Club, Gunnersbury Park, Drayton Green, Syon Lane and Horsenden Hill.
Ealing celebrated their centenary in 1871 with a match against Harlequins.
Ealing has a thriving Minis rugby set-up, with over 500 boys and girls playing Minis rugby every Sunday.
Crowned English League One champions for the 2012/13 season with an impressive record - winning 25 and only losing three of their 30 matches. They also scored 1069 points, 97 more than runners-up Esher RFC.