Cork's elite club rugby teams can play this weekend despite Covid restrictions

Cork's elite club rugby teams can play this weekend despite Covid restrictions

UCC's Rob Hedderman is tackled by Shannon's Sean McCarthy during the Energia Munster Conference 1 at The Mardyke. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

THE top level of club rugby in Cork can continue, despite the move to Level 3 of Covid restrictions.

The majority of sport on Leeside and beyond is on hold but AIL rugby is designated an 'elite sport'. It's a similar situation for the main tier of hockey and basketball's National League, which is due to commence this month. 

The various League of Ireland teams from U13 up to senior in Cork City and Cobh Ramblers are also still allowed to train and play.

Irish rugby revamped this season's league because of Covid-19, with the national league proper pushed back to the New Year, with the new regional conferences running across the coming months.

Cork Constitution, Highfield, UCC, Sunday's Well and Midleton are down to play in the men's league, with Ballincollig, who just joined the AIL, involved in the women's section.

That is depending on any postponements, with games involving Cork Con and Highfield falling to the wayside last weekend.

SATURDAY (2.30pm):

Energia Community Series Conference 1: 

Cork Constitution v Cashel, Temple Hill; Shannon v Highfield, Coonagh; UCC v Old Crescent, Mardyke; Young Munster v Garryowen, Tom Clifford Park.

Energia Community Series Conference 2: 

Bruff v Midleton, Kilballyowen Park; Nenagh Ormond v UL Bohemian, Nenagh; Sunday's Well v Clonmel, Musgrave Park.

SUNDAY:

Energia Community Series Conference 2: Kerry v UL Bohemian, O'Dowd Park, 1pm; Shannon-LIT v Ballincollig, Coonagh, 1pm.

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