Underage interprovincial action returns for the first time in two years this weekend with U-19 men’s and U-18 Clubs fixtures at Energia Park. Next week will see underage interprovincial rugby for the U-18 Women. The Leinster Rugby U-18 Schools game has been re-scheduled until Saturday, 11 September, with further details to be announced.

The festival style format in operation in recent years is on hold for 2021 due to COVID considerations, but it’s a welcome return to representative rugby, says IRFU Age Grade, Student and Rugby Enterprise Manager Eoin Hogan.

“It means a lot to Irish Rugby and these squads to get games played this year,” he said. “We’re adapting to the circumstances, but what’s really important is that young men and women are getting the chance to represent their provinces at this level for the first time. Putting on that jersey means so much to these players.”

Wayne Mitchell, who leads the IRFU’s National Talent Squad and Talent Identification programme, commented,

“These interprovincial games are very important milestones in a young player’s career and it provides an opportunity for the IRFU’s talent coaches to benchmark players across the four provinces and identify prospects for national programmes later in the year. It is fantastic to have these games back after such a long period of disruption caused by the pandemic.”

Please note these games are not open to the general public.

Saturday, 21 August

U-19 Interprovincial Series Round 1
Munster v Leinster, Energia Park, 2pm

U-18 Clubs Interprovincial Series Round 1
Munster v Leinster, Energia Park, 4pm

Sunday, 22 August

U-18 Clubs Interprovincial Championship Round 1
Connacht v Ulster, Energia Park, 12pm

U-19 Interprovincial Championship Round 1
Connacht v Ulster, Energia Park, 2pm