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.
The Ireland Women Sevens failed to qualify for the upcoming Olympics in Rio yesterday however were consoled in securing their World Series status for next season, as the World Rugby Olympic Sevens Repechage came to a thrilling close at UCD.