Irish Rugby Football Union President Der Healy will be present at the Irish Colleges Rugby Union finals today at Waterpark RFC, Ballinakill, Waterford. The Shield final is scheduled for 1pm with the Cup final following at 3pm.
Thirty nine colleges, institutes and universities started the season in October 07 leaving both Limerick Institute of Technology and the host institute, Waterford Institute of Technology as qualifying finalists in Division 1. This game is scheduled for 3pm.
In the Division 2 Shield competition the emerging Dublin Institute of Technology representative team will meet the Institute of Technology, Carlow in the first final at 1pm.
This year's finals, sponsored by Treasury Holdings are the twenty third finals since the foundation of Irish colleges rugby in 1986. Running alongside the year long league catering for three divisions, there is also a well contested student Interprovincial series.
Players chosen for the national college's team are selected from this series. The Irish Colleges representative team was involved this past year in games against the Scottish Universities, England Combined Forces U23 and England Students who were the eventual winners of this inaugural competition with the Irish Colleges side emerging in second place in the series.
Ireland Women's Rugby stars gathered in Kingspan Stadium, Belfast to launch tickets for the Women's Rugby World Cup 2017 Final which will take place in the Kingspan Stadium in 365 days time (26th August 2017) and the Semi-Finals Day, which takes place on the 22nd August.