THE dates, venues and kick-off times for the first round fixtures in the Munster Schools Senior Cup have been confirmed.
The five first round games in the Junior and Senior Cups will be played as double headers on the week beginning Tuesday, January 19.
The action kicks off with the meetings of Crescent College Comprehensive and Christian Brothers College at Thomond Park Stadium on January 19.
On Wednesday, January 20 in the first of two all-Limerick ties, Glenstal Abbey School entertain Castletroy College at Dooradoyle, while qualifiers St Clements take on PBC at Rosbrien.
In the second of the first round Limerick derbies, last season’s beaten Senior Cup finalists, Ardscoil Rís, host St. Munchin’s College at Tom Clifford Park on Thursday, January 21.
Munster Schools Senior Cup champions Rockwell College are at home to Bandon Grammar School also on January 21 in Clanwilliam Park.
The winners of the five first round games will advance to the quarter-finals of the Munster Schools Senior and Junior Cups.
They will be joined by three of the first round losers, one of which will be decided by a draw, and two by virtue of two play-off games.
Ten schools have won the Munster Schools Senior Cup competition since it was first competed for in 1909 - the title has come to Cork on 57 occasions, Tipperary have claimed the trophy 27 times, while 5 Limerick Schools have been victorious on 22 occasions.
Speaking at the recent launch of the 2016 Munster Schools Senior and Junior Cup competitions, Munster Rugby President Bertie Smith said: "I am really looking forward to both the Munster Senior and Junior Schools' competition starting in January.
“Last year I saw most of the matches in both competitions and I was highly impressed with the way all teams were positive in the way they played the games.
“There was a very high level of skill on display both individually and on a team basis.
“A number of those players from last year have gone on to play at age grade representative level with Munster, at AIL level with their clubs and we hope to see some of them appearing for Ireland U-20 in both the 6 Nations and the World Rugby U20 Championship next year."
The 2016 Munster Schools Senior Cup final will take place on Tuesday, March 8.
Munster Schools Senior and Junior Cup first round fixtures:
Tuesday, January 19: Crescent College Comprehensive v CBC, Thomond Park (3pm)
Wednesday, January 20: St Clement’s College v PBC, Rosbrien (3pm)
Wednesday, January 20: Glenstal Abbey School v Castletroy, Dooradoyle (4.30pm)
Thursday, January 21: Ardscoil Ris v St Munchin’s College, Tom Clifford Park (4.30pm)
Thursday, January 21: Rockwell College v Bandon Grammar, Clanwilliam Park (3pm)