Junior Cup competitions take centre stage
Cup rugby takes centre stage across the province and beyond this weekend.
The All-Ireland Junior Cup will see three Connacht sides battle it out against the best junior sides the rest of the provinces have to offer.
The competition is always an important feature of the season and this year's draw is sure to through up some interesting matches.
Of the Connacht sides entering the competition Westport arguably find themselves in the best form going into their fixture.
Westport have won two of their opening three league games and sit second in the J1A league table. The Mayo side will be in confident mood as they host Meath club Ashbourne tomorrow.
Monivea are the other Connacht team to have received a home fixture in the opening round of the competition - they host St Senan's of Clare at 2.30.
Monivea too will fancy their chances of progressing to the next round having already reached the final of the Cawley Cup this season.
This final will take place in the new year.
Ballinasloe are the only Connacht side to venture away in the opening round as they travel to Clonmel.
Ballinasloe boast impressive cup pedigree having won the Cawley Cup last season.
All ties will kick off at 2.30 tomorrow, with the exception of Westport v Ashbourne which gets underway at 2.0.
The first semi-final of the Curley Cup will also take place this weekend as Buccaneers thirds take on Tuam in Dubarry Park on Sunday at 2.30
Unbeaten Tuam will look to continue their tremendous early season form.
The second semi-final between Creggs and NUIG will take place later in the year.
All Ireland Junior Cup first-round Draw: Newcastle West v Instonians, Westport v Ashbourne, Monkstown v Muskerry, Clonmel v Ballinasloe, Enniscorthy v Dromore, Bangor v Clondalkin, Monivea v St Senan's
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