Fixtures have been confirmed for the Energia All-Ireland League for the 2021/22 season. The full list of fixtures is available to view here.

The action gets underway with a full round of the Energia Women’s All-Ireland League on Saturday, 25 September. They’ll be joined on Saturday, 2 October, by the return of all 50 teams in the Energia Men’s All-Ireland League.

The default kick-off times for men’s games will be 2:30pm on Saturdays and 5pm on Saturdays for women’s games but can be adjusted based on the agreed preference of participating teams.

Two New Women’s Teams

There will be two new teams in the Energia Women’s All-Ireland League, both debutants will have home advantage in their first ever games at this level – Ballincollig will welcome Suttonians to Tanner Park in Round 1, while Wicklow will be at home to Old Belvedere.

The last Women’s AIL final to be played was in April 2019. Defending Champions Railway Union will meet 2019 runners up UL Bohemian on Saturday, 23 October.

A nine-game regular women’s season will conclude on Saturday, 11 December with a one-off modified format beginning on Saturday, 15 January.  A Top 4 Round-Robin will lead into a semi-finals and a final to determine the Energia Women’s All-Ireland League Champions.

Teams who place 5-10 in the regular season will switch to a six-team round-robin followed by play-offs for a one-off trophy. The ring-fencing of all 10 participating teams will be retained as planned for the next two seasons as the IRFU continue to support the development and long-term sustainability of participating teams. The Energia Women’s All-Ireland Cup will also return this season with details to be announced in due course.

Men’s Tournament Structure

Cork Constitution are the last winners of the Men’s Energia AIL and kick off the defence of their 2018/19 title away to Garryowen. With the majority of clubs stating a preference for a return to the previous format, an 18-game regular season will run until Saturday, 9 April, 2022.

The men’s final is set for Sunday, 1 May, 2022. Dates for the Energia Women’s All-Ireland League playoffs are subject to confirmation to avoid any clashes with the as-yet-to-be announced fixtures for the 2022 Women’s Six Nations Championship Fixtures.

Speaking about the release of fixtures, IRFU Competitions Manager Kevin Beggs said:

“We are delighted to announce firm fixtures for all 60 participating teams in the Energia All-Ireland League for the 2021/22 season. For clubs and their supporters, it means a lot to have dates to put in the diary and the chance to get back pitch side and enjoy the very best that club rugby has to offer.

“The fixture list is balanced to meet the needs of clubs across the full season and it will be preceded by localised matches in September to whet the appetite for the All-Ireland action to come. Clubs can also plan for a festive atmosphere at games in early December before a winter break for a full month until Saturday, 15 January.

“By the time we get to our Energia All-Ireland League finals in May 2022, it will have been three years since those prestigious trophies were last lifted. It’s building up to be a very special season indeed.”

Energia All-Ireland League 2021/22 – Key Dates

Saturday September 25th 2021
Energia Women’s All-Ireland League Round 1

Saturday October 2nd 2021
Energia Men’s All-Ireland League Round 1

Saturday December 11th 2021
Energia Women’s All-Ireland League Round 9 (Final Round)
Energia Men’s All-Ireland League Round 9 (Commencement of Winter Break)

Saturday January 15th 2022
Energia Men’s All-Ireland League Round 10
Commencement of Energia Women’s All-Ireland League Top 4 Round-Robin
Commencement of Energia Women’s All-Ireland League Conference Round-Robin

Saturday April 9th 2022
Energia Men’s All-Ireland League Regular Season Round 18 (Final Round)

Saturday April 23rd 2022
Energia Men’s All-Ireland League Semi-Finals and Promotion Relegation Playoff Semi-Finals

Saturday April 30th 2022
Energia Men’s All-Ireland League Promotion Relegation Playoff Finals

Sunday May 1st 2022
Energia Men’s All-Ireland League Final

Upcoming Fixtures:

Saturday September 25th
Energia Women’s All-Ireland League Round 1
Ballincollig v Suttonians
Blackrock College v Railway Union
Malone v Galwegians
UL Bohemian v Cooke
Wicklow v Old Belvedere

Saturday October 2nd
Energia Women’s All-Ireland League Round 2
Cooke v Ballincollig
Galwegians v UL Bohemian
Old Belvedere v Malone
Railway Union v Wicklow
Suttonians v Blackrock College

Energia Men’s All-Ireland League Division 1A Round 1
Ballynahinch v Clontarf
Dublin University v Lansdowne
Garryowen v Cork Constitution
Terenure College v UCD
UCC v Young Munster

Energia Men’s All-Ireland League Division 1B Round 1
Banbridge v City Of Armagh
Highfield v St. Mary’s College
Malone v Navan
Old Belvedere v Naas
Old Wesley v Shannon

Energia Men’s All-Ireland League Division 2A Round 1
Buccaneers V Cashel
Nenagh Ormond v MU Barnhall
Queen’s University v Ballymena
Rainey Old Boys v Old Crescent
UL Bohemian v Dolphin

Energia Men’s All-Ireland League Division 2B Round 1
Belfast Harlequins v Ballina
Galway Corinthians v Blackrock College
Greystones v Galwegians
Sligo v Dungannon
Wanderers v Malahide

Energia Men’s All-Ireland League Division 2C Round 1
Bangor v Bruff
Enniscorthy v Midleton
Skerries v Omagh Academicals
Sundays Well v Clonmel
Tullamore v City Of Derry

Saturday October 9th
Energia Women’s All-Ireland League Round 3
Ballincollig v Galwegians
Blackrock College v Wicklow
Malone v Railway Union
Suttonians v Cooke
UL Bohemian v Old Belvedere

Energia Men’s All-Ireland League Division 1A Round 2
Clontarf v Terenure College
Cork Constitution v Ballynahinch
Lansdowne v UCC
UCD v Dublin University
Young Munster v Garryowen

Energia Men’s All-Ireland League Division 1B Round 2
City Of Armagh v Old Belvedere
Naas v Malone
Navan v Highfield
Shannon v Banbridge
St. Mary’s College v Old Wesley

Energia Men’s All-Ireland League Division 2A Round 2
Ballymena v Buccaneers
Cashel v Nenagh Ormond
Dolphin v Rainey Old Boys
MU Barnhall v UL Bohemian
Old Crescent v Queen’s University

Energia Men’s All-Ireland League Division 2B Round 2
Ballina v Sligo
Blackrock College v Belfast Harlequins
Dungannon v Greystones
Galwegians v Wanderers
Malahide v Galway Corinthians

Energia Men’s All-Ireland League Division 2C Round 2
Bruff v Skerries
City Of Derry v Enniscorthy
Clonmel v Bangor
Midleton v Sundays Well
Omagh Academicals v Tullamore