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2020-21 Ards RFC Club Rugby Men Randalstown RFC Ulster Championship D2

Club Men: Randalstown 31 Ards 15 URC D2

Randalstown opened up their league challenge with a bonus point win against Ards at Neillsbrook Park on Saturday afternoon. However, the visitors will be wondering how they didn’t get more out of the game. It was an ideal afternoon for an open game and both sides obliged. Randalstown set the tome with an early score […]

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2020-21 CIYMS RFC Dromore RFC Ulster Championship D1

Club Men: CIYMS 22 Dromore 30 URC D1

Report and pictures by Richard Owens New season, new coaching team and some new faces amongst the ranks, CI would be hoping to show Dromore who put 40 points on them during their last visit at Belmont that they will be a side to be reckoned with this year. That’s exactly what happened, a fast, […]

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2020-21 Ballynahinch RFC Club Rugby Men Community Series Malone RFC Ulster

Club Men: Malone 17 Ballynahinch 29 Conference 1

Ballynahinch will be delighted to leave Gibson Park, with a win over a very dogged Malone team, in the first round of games in Ulster Conference 1 of the Community Series. Both teams sounded each out in the first quarter, before Aaron Cairns ran in an unconverted try from deep to give Ballynahinch a 5 […]

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2020-21 Carrickfergus RFC Club Rugby Men Instonians RFC U18 Club Rugby

Club Men: Instonians 5 Carrickfergus 24 U18 League East

Instonians entertained Carrick at Shaws Bridge on Saturday morning in the opening round of the U18 League East. The home side kicked off in sunny conditions and the kept Carrick pinned in their own territory for most of the first half hour. However the Carrick defence was resolute and a break on the 30 minute […]

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2020-21 Belfast Metropolitan College Club Rugby Men Malone RFC U18 Club Rugby Ulster

Club Men: Belfast Met 26 Malone 45 U18 League East

Report and images by Bob Given. On a very sunny and warm Saturday morning Belfast Met met Malone U18 in an U18 League East match at the Castlereagh Campus. Hot on the heels of their resounding victory last week over Banbridge, Malone hit the ground running, with ruthless determination. By half time they had wracked […]

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2020-21 City of Derry RFC Club Rugby Women Community Series Cooke RFC

Club Women: Cooke v City of Derry Pt 2.

Cooke and City of Derry women’s sides came together last weekend for the second part of the Beth Cregan Challenge Cup as they continue their preparation for the Community Series. The teams were divided up and it was more like an old fashioned trials match with reds playing blacks with the usual carnage expected from […]

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2020-21 Club Rugby Women Community Series Ulster

Club Women: Leinster Conference Update.

The women’s Community Series doesn’t kick off until next weekend. We’ll be striving to cover all the conferences in the women’s series so we’ll be looking at each of the provinces individually. The Leinster conference get’s top billing as it features five teams from the women’s All Ireland League; Blackrock, Old Belvedere, Railway Union, Suttonians […]

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2020-21 Club Rugby Men Ulster Championship D1 Ulster Championship D2 Ulster Championship D3

Club Men: Ulster Rugby Championship Preview.

The Ulster Rugby Championship returns this weekend with a full set of fixtures across the three divisions. We have set up a competition page for Division 1 here and we’ll get Division 2 and Division 3 sorted in the coming weeks. However, up to the end of December we will be concentrating primarily on D1 […]

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2020-21 Club Rugby Men Community Series Ulster

Club Men: Community Series Week 1 Preview.

The Men’s Community Series commences this weekend with 12 Ulster senior sides competing in two provincial conferences over the first three months of this unusual season. We’ve set up a competition static page here and fixtures, results and all our content related to the Community Series will appear there. Ulster Conference 1 Conference 1 features […]

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2020-21 Ballyclare RFC Club Rugby Men Friendly Larne RFC

Club Men: Larne U21 19 Ballyclare U21 46

Larne RFC christened their new floodlights last night with the first leg of back to back U21 matches last night. The second leg takes place at The Cloughan next Wednesday. It’s a testament to the hard work of the clubs development coaches that they were able to field two strong sides at this age grade […]

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2020-21 Club Rugby Women Dungannon RFC Friendly Omagh Academicals RFC

Club Women: Dungannon 0 Omagh Academicals 29 Preseason.

We made, what now must be regarded as, our traditional early season trip to Dungannon to cover their match against their “local” rivals Omagh Academicals. While this game may not have had as much incident as last year’s epic it was still an entertaining enough encounter. Dungannon started the game determined to overturn last season’s […]

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2020-21 Academy RFC Club Rugby Men Cooke RFC Friendly Ulster Championship D1 Ulster Championship D2

Club Men: Cooke 22 Academy 12 Preseason

We ended up at Shaws Bridge for the second week running due to a late Covid cancellation but having got there I’m pleased to report that the Cooke and Academy players have realised that you have to run at towards the camera when you are going to score if you want to get those pictures […]

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2020-21 Banbridge RFC Club Rugby Men Malone RFC U18 Club Rugby

Club Men: Malone U18 40 Banbridge U18 7 Preseason

On a sunny morning at Orangefield Playing Fields Malone U18 entertained Banbridge U18. Banbridge kicked off and went on to the attack but Malone countered from deep to leave Sam Green with a free run up the wing before he dotted down for the first try, after 4 minutes, converted by Conor Henry. A period […]

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2020-21 Ballyclare RFC Ballymoney RFC Club Rugby Men Friendly Ulster Championship D1 Ulster Championship D2

Club Men: Ballyclare 80 Ballymoney 0 Preseason

Rugby made a welcome return to The Cloughan at Ballyclare on Saturday 19th September with a pre-season hit out against Ballymoney RFC. The game was played over 4 x 20 minute quarters. Ballyclare started strongly and were on the scoreboard early when out-half Matthew McDowell cut through a space in the Ballymoney defence to score […]

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2020-21 Belfast Harlequins RFC Club Rugby Men Community Series Friendly Queen's University Belfast RFC

Club Men: Belfast Harlequins 28 Queen’s University 17 Preseason

Belfast Harlequins entertained Queen’s in this friendly game, prior to the commencement of the Community Conference next Saturday. From the start it was obvious that both teams intended to attack from deep, at times throwing caution to the wind, or at least, into a very gentle breeze! From a counter attack Harlequins took the lead […]

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2020-21 Belfast Harlequins RFC Club Rugby Men Friendly Queen's University Belfast RFC

Club Men: Belfast Harlequins II 14 Queen’s University II 22 Friendly

We caught up with this game on the stroke of half time. Queen’s were leading 17 -7 through tries by Harry McMeekin, David Keelan and Simon McMaster. Belfast Harlequins had taken the lead early on through a Owen Henry try, converted by Alex Armstrong. The second half was much more ‘nip and tuck’, as the […]

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2020-21 Club Rugby Men Instonians RFC Portadown RFC U16 Club Rugby Ulster

Club Men: Instonians U16 10 Portadown U16 26 Preseason.

Due to a couple of covid cancellations I found myself back at Shaws Bridge for the second weekend running. It did however give me a chance to catch up with Instonians U16 who were entertaining Portadown U16 this week in what proved to be a tough game. the scene was set seven minutes in when […]

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2020-21 Ballymena RFC City of Armagh RFC Club Rugby Men Community Series Friendly

Club Men: Ballymena 10 City of Armagh 43 Preseason

We caught up with two of Ulster’s senior sides at Eaton Park Last night as Ballymena entertained City of Armagh in a preseason friendly. This was another physical encounter with both sides happy to get plenty of contact under their belts before the Community Series starts next weekend. Ballymena were certainly up for this one […]

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2020-21 Club Rugby Women Community Series Railway Union RFC Ulster

Club Women: Railway Union player development key to success.

We visited Railway Union a couple of weeks ago to find out how their preparations are going for what promises to be an interesting season. We caught up with this Niamh Byrne to find out how the players have been coping with the restricted return to rugby. Having Railway working more on their skills set, […]

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2020-21 Club Rugby Men Community Series Friendly Malone RFC Queen's University Belfast RFC

Club Men: Malone 19 Queen’s University 40 Preseason

Malone and Queen’s University enjoyed a preseason hit out as part of their preparations for the Ulster Conference of the Community Series. It was the students who enjoyed the best of this on with new signing Graham Curtis bagging a brace on his debut. Impressive youngster Luke Pollock also crossed for two with Jonny Hunter […]

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2020-21 Academy RFC Club Rugby Men Friendly Instonians RFC Ulster Championship D1 Ulster Championship D2

Club Men: Instonians 12 Academy 12 Preseason

It got decidedly more chilly at Shaws Bridge as the day progressed but neither of these two teams would have noticed as the temperature rose on the pitch. This was a full blooded friendly and Academy started as if they had missed close contact over the last few months, setting about their hosts with unrestrained […]

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2020-21 Club Rugby Men Friendly Malone RFC Queen's University Belfast RFC

Club Men: Malone II 17 QUB Freshers 14 Preseason

Malone II’s and Queen’s Freshers had a hit out at Gibson Park, early Saturday afternoon, ahead of their senior sides. The home sides muscular set of forwards made the difference with two penalty tries and an Ethan Bryce penalty giving them the edge. The students replied through Andrew Walker and Simon McMaster with James Humphreys […]

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2020-21 Academy RFC Club Rugby Men Instonians RFC U16 Club Rugby

Club Men: Instonians U16 30 Academy U16 12

Instonians entertained Academy in an U16 match at Shaws Bridge on Saturday morning wit both sides making full use of the hit out. The game was played in thirds and Instonians enjoyed the better of the first period scoring tries tries to one in an entertaining game. Academy were well in the game and they […]

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2020-21 All Ireland League Women Club Rugby Women Railway Union RFC Ulster

Club Women: Railway Union continue to move women’s rugby forward.

Railway Union announced today that they will be charging admission for their women’s games this season and they are offering an AIL Supporters Club Membership. We caught up with Railway President Melissa Slevin to find out their thinking behind it. We, at The Front Row Union, think this is a move in the right direction […]