The IRFU’s series of interprovincial ‘A’ fixtures will continue this weekend as Leinster Rugby and Ulster Rugby take to the field in a behind-closed-doors clash at the RDS Arena on Friday evening (KO 7pm).

The four Provincial Academies have now completed an eight-week pre-season block and recently linked up with senior squad members to compete in this series of ‘A’ fixtures, with Connacht Eagles and Munster ‘A’ going head-to-head in the second part of their double-header this Saturday at Thomond Park.

With the Celtic Cup competition cancelled this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, these games provide Academy players with an important developmental opportunity.

The game at the RDS on Friday will mark the first Leinster fixture of any kind at the venue since the Guinness PRO14 meeting with Glasgow Warriors on 28 February.

Further rounds of ‘A’ fixtures involving the four provinces will be announced in due course.

Interprovincial ‘A’ Fixtures:

Friday, 25 September

Leinster ‘A’ v Ulster ‘A’, RDS (Kick-off 7pm)

Saturday, 26 September

Munster ‘A’ v Connacht Eagles, Thomond Park (Kick-off 2.30pm).