The semi finals and final of the IURU Conroy Cup take place this Saturday in Belfield from 12 Midday…

A – 12pm UCD v Queen’s (Pitch 1)

B – 12pm Trinity v UCC (Pitch 2)

Both semi-finals will be played simultaneously. The 3/4 play-off will begin at 2pm and final at 3pm.

The Conroy Cup commemorates the memory of the late Paddy Conroy who acted as Honorary Secretary and President of UCD RFC. The Conroy Cup will be presented by Mrs. Geraldine Conroy after the final on Saturday afternoon in the Belfield Bowl. Also in attendance will be members of UCD RFC committee, the University and the Irish Universities Rugby Union.

In welcoming the teams to the competition, Irish Universities Rugby Union Honorary Secretary Shane Geraghty also paid tribute to the people behind the scenes and those who often do not get a mention.

“I would like to thank the referees involved in the tournament, Leinster Rugby Referees for their help and John McClean, UCD RFC’s Director of Rugby, for his work in coordinating the fixtures and referees,” he said.

“I would also like to thank the following people: Brian Mullins the UCD Director of Sport, Michael Cawley for his organisation of the reception for players and coaches of all teams, the first aid and medical personnel, physios and doctors who are in attendance and all those involved in UCD RFC who are assisting in the running of this competition.

“Thanks must also go to UCD RFC President Dr. Hugh Brady and UCD RFC Chairman David Carrigy for their support and assistance.

“I wish all teams involved the best of luck this weekend and look forward to some exciting and ambitious rugby being played.”

Some current professional players who have played in the Conroy Cup: Cillian Willis (Connacht), Rob Kearney (Leinster, Ireland and British and Irish Lions), Ian Keatley (Connacht), Fionn Carr (Connacht), Fergus McFadden (Leinster and Ireland A), Sean O’Brien (Leinster and Ireland), Jamie Heaslip (Leinster, Ireland and British and Irish Lions), Ian Nagle (Munster), Kevin McLaughlin (Leinster and Ireland), Ian McKinley (Leinster)

Competition Rules:

* Game 1, Game 2 and 3rd/4th matches are 20 minutes per half;

* In the event of a draw at full time in Game 1, Game 2 and 3rd/4th match, extra time of 7 minutes per half will take place (14 minutes total), no golden score;

*If score remain tied after extra time in Game 1, Game 2 and 3rd/4th match, the team with scored the most tries will be deemed the winner. If there is no try difference, then the team with the least number of yellow cards, then least number of red cards and finally a coin will be tossed to determine the winner.

* Final match is 25 minutes per half;

* In the event of a draw at full time in Final match, extra time of 10 minutes per half will take place (20 minutes total), no golden score.

* If score remain tied after extra time in Final match, an additional 10 minutes period will be played whereby the first team to score will be deemed the winner. If no such result is forthcoming, the competition will be determined on the basis of the team which scored the most tries will be deemed the winner. If there is no try difference, then the team with the least number of yellow cards, then least number of red cards and finally a coin will be tossed to determine the winner.

* Substitutions are ‘rolling’ in accordance with the rules recently issued by the Leinster Branch.