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2020-21 Club Rugby Women Community Series Old Belvedere RFC Wicklow RFC

Club Women: Old Belvedere 48 Wicklow 3 Community Series LW.

Old Belvedere Women welcomed AIL newcomers Wicklow to the Ollie Campbell Park on Saturday evening for community Series match in the Leinster Conference. Wicklow produced a determined first half performance making the D4 Dutchess’ work hard for their scores. Belvo’s first try came at the end of the first quarter with D4 debutant Alannah O’Carroll […]

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2020-21 Club Rugby Women Community Series Ulster

Club Women: Community Series Week 2.

UL Bohemian kicked of the Women’s Community Series last Friday night with a big win against Shannon LIT in the Munster Conference. The Leinster conference kicked in on Saturday with Railway Union and Blackrock both clocking up more than 60 points at Suttonians and Wicklow respectively. The Ulster and Munster conferences were completed on Sunday […]

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2020-21 Club Rugby Women Community Series Ulster Wicklow RFC

Club Women: Wicklow Return to Rugby

We made our first visit to Ashtown Lane, home of Wicklow RFC, a few week’s to catch up with one of this season’s new teams in the Women’s All Ireland League. Wicklow’s debut in the all Ireland competition has been delayed until January 2021, due to Covid 19 restrictions, but they will be facing four […]

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2020-21 Club Rugby Women Community Series Cooke RFC Malone RFC

Club Women: Malone 0 Cooke 26 Community Series U1

Malone Women met Cooke Women on a rainy Sunday lunchtime in the first round of the Women’s Community Series games. From kick off Cooke took it to Malone with a series of forward drive and after 5 minutes were rewarded with a Hannah Harris try, converted Amanda Morton, to lead 7-0. Cooke were relentless and […]

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2020-21 Ballincollig RFC Club Rugby Women Community Series Kerry RFC

Club Women: Kerry 24 Ballincollig 5 Community Series M1

I made the 11 hour round trip to Abbeyfeale RFC to cover this historic clash between , newly formed, Kerry RFC and, AIL newcomers, Ballincollig RFC in their first round Community Series match in the Munster Conference. Unfortunately, it was a cold, dank and breezy day in Co Limerick and the match didn’t quite meet […]

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2020-21 Club Rugby Women Co Cavan RFC Dungannon RFC Friendly

Club Women: Dungannon 5 Co Cavan 21 Friendly

Dungannon Women entertained Cavan Women in an early season friendly on Saturday evening at Stevenson Park. The game gave Cavan a useful hit out ahead of their debut in the Women’s Community Series this coming weekend. There was no score in a scrappy first half with the play centered largely in a congested midfield around […]

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2020-21 Club Rugby Women Community Series Ulster

Club Women: Community Series kicks off this weekend.

The Women’s Community Series kicks off this weekend. We had hoped to have had a series of Provincial Conference reviews completed by this stage but a high level of uncertainty and changing restrictions, plus us actually getting pitch side for games earlier than expected, meant that we only got the responses we were looking for […]

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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 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 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 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 […]

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2020-21 Club Rugby Women Community Series Old Belvedere RFC Ulster

Club Women: Old Belvedere Return to Rugby

We caught up with our latest Club Members Old Belvedere last week as they prepared to return to rugby for the coming season. It’s been a difficult time for most clubs as they adapt to the Covid-19 restrictions but the Dublin side have been working hard behind the scenes to get their preparations on track […]

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2020-21 City of Derry RFC Club Rugby Women Cooke RFC Friendly

Club Women: City of Derry 10 Cooke 20

City of Derry welcomed Cooke to judges Road on Saturday evening for a preseason training match, known locally as the Beth Cregan Inter City Challenge. Cregan being the coach of City of Derry and a leading player with Cooke. The teams spent equal time in defence and attack as they looked to dust off the […]

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

Club Women: City of Derry look forward to Community Series.

We caught up with City of Derry Women last week to find out how their preparations are going ahead of their participation in the upcoming Community Series.

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2020-21 Club Rugby Women Community Series Old Belvedere RFC

Club Women: Old Belvedere Return to Rugby

We caught up with Old Belvedere’s Jemma Jackson when she was helping out with Queen’s University Women last week. It gave us a chance to find out how Belvo have coped with lockdown, what’s happening with their new coaching ticket and how they are looking forward to what promises to be a highly competitive Community […]

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2020-21 Club Rugby Women Community Series Queen's University Belfast RFC

Club Women: QUBRFC Return to Rugby

We caught up with QUBRFC Women at preseason training ahead of the announcement about their participation in the upcoming Community Series. We asked head coach Charlie Farrell how they have been coping with lockdown and the return to rugby protocols. Some pictures from the night.

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2019-20 Club Rugby Women Railway Union RFC

Why are Railway Union Seeking a Technical Skills Development Coach?

There was a new development in senior women’s rugby last week, with Railway Union RFC advertising for a Technical Skills Development Coach.  You can view the job description here. We caught up with Railway’s Director of Rugby John Cronin last week to find out what their thinking is behind it, with Cronin telling The Front Row […]

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2019-20 Club Rugby Women

Interact: What AIL Women’s Team are You

Following on from our hugely successful virtual competitions and our Dream Team Poll we’ve been having a look at other ways we can interact with our readers. With signs on the horizon of a restart for club rugby and with thousands of young players trying to decide which club they should go to as they […]

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2019-20 All Ireland League Women Club Rugby Women

The FRU Women’s AIL Dream Team

What a response we had for our Dream Team nominations with 17, 661 votes cast, the votes not only coming from Ireland and the UK but from 51 different countries with the USA, New Zealand, France, Australia and Canada all showing substantial activity. It was fun watching how the voting proceeded with the Munster mafia […]

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2019-20 All Ireland League Women Club Rugby Women

Vote for the Women’s AIL Dream Team

Believe it or not I was planning to do something like this this season with the bulk of the images coming from the cup finals and the league play offs which we would of course have been covering. The big advantage would have been getting those images in daylight! However, our extensive coverage has enabled […]

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2019-20 All Ireland League Women Club Rugby Women UL Bohemian RFC

2019-20 Women’s All Ireland League Team of the Season

There are a few criteria you could use to determine the team of the season; most games won, most points scored, fewest points conceded, largest spread of try scorers, highest conversion rate, and in all of those, bar one, UL Bohemian RFC come out on top by some margin, taking the Women’s All Ireland Team […]

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2019-20 Club Rugby Women International Rugby Women Ireland Women Ulster Women

World Rugby launches Women Coaching Rugby Toolkit

World Rugby launches Women Coaching Rugby Toolkit to recruit and retain more female rugby coaches at every level of the game The World Rugby toolkit aims to assist unions in increasing the number of female rugby coaches globally The Toolkit is designed to create a robust framework and pathway to address barriers facing women in […]

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2019-20 All Ireland League Women Club Rugby Women Railway Union RFC UL Bohemian RFC

Women’s AIL. Final UL Bohemian 35 Railway Union 32

The Women’s AIL came to it’s virtual final on Saturday afternoon as The Front Row Union Zoomed our online task and stats based challenge. UL Bohs were represented once again by Chloe Pearse and Rachel Allen with Katie O’Dwyer and Kate McCarthy coming in for Railway. The competition took the same format as before, consisting […]