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2017-18 Ballpark Features

Shame on Shane?

[pullquote]Ballpark is back and he’s having a go at Ulster Legend Stephen Ferris! This could be the shortest comeback on record! 😆 😆 🙄 [/pullquote] I never like to hear ex players being critical of the current coaching management regime in a club, there’s usually an agenda at work.  In this instance Stephen Ferris has […]

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2017-18 Features

The FRU partner with Glovii.co.uk

The Front Row Union are pleased to announce our partnership with Glovii.co.uk. As with our other partnerships it’s one that will bring huge benefits to both our readers and our partners. Glovii heated clothing is a unique solution allowing you to maintain thermal comfort even on the coldest days of the year. Glovii products stand […]

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2017-18 Editorial

The Front Row Union Academy visit City of Derry Ladies

The Front Row Union Academy, featuring The Scrum Doctor, visited City of Derry Ladies on Thursday evening for our tenth intensive women’s rugby scrum session. Former Ireland Women’s Forwards Coach, Peter Bracken, led The Scrum Doctor session which utilised the fully responsive Live Scrum Machine by Silver Fern. Peter was assisted by The Front Row […]

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2017-18 Promotions

The Front Row Union Partner with Huge Rugby

The Front Row Union are pleased to announce our partnership with HugeRugby.com for the 2017-18 season. Huge Rugby are one of the provinces largest sports gear suppliers with a, literally, huge range of rugby gear and we look forward to working with them over the coming season as we continue to promote rugby in Ulster, […]

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2016-17 Editorial

2016 Wrap!

Well, that’s another year done and dusted. As we move forward to 2017 we thought we’d have a review of the highs and lows of the teams we’ve been covering on the Front Row Union.  It’s been a mixed year for the teams we covered on the Front Row Union. I’m pleased to say that […]

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2016-17 Features

Feature: We have seen the future of Scrum Coaching and it is here.

Last week I had the pleasure of attend a couple of scrum coaching sessions held by, THE SCRUM DOCTOR, Peter Bracken which featured the Live Scrum, scrum machine.  To say I was impressed with the capabilities of the Live Scrum machine and the quality of Peter’s coaching would be an understatement, with both lifting the standard […]

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2016-17 Features FRU Fun

PRO12: Fantasy League Week 5

So after round 5 no real shake ups in the real world, we’re still riding high at the top after a ‘Close encounter of the bird kind’ Connacht managed to scalp a rudderless Edinburgh but there is a distinct gap between top and bottom half of the real table leading into ‘Irish and Welsh but […]

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2016-17 Features FRU Fun Ulster

PRO12: Fantasy League Week 4

So another week has come and gone and we’re riding high at the top of the table with 4 from 4! But who cares about that eh its all about the FRU’s Fastasy League that’s were the bragging rights are at! This weeks winner of the round come from one of our Scottish entrants with […]

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2016-17 FRU Fun PRO14

PRO12: Fantasy League Week 3

Well after an interesting if not predictable 3rd week with the only stand out news being that anyone who was ‘Thuderstruck’ with the idea Connacht were going to run riot over Zebre have come up short of points due to a thunderstorm and what they were lucky to come away from and Zebre could easily […]

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2016-17 Features

Feature: Join Tommy Bowe for Panel Discussion on Mental Wellbeing as Part of the ‘Tackle Your Feelings’ Campaign

The Irish Rugby Union Players’ Association (IRUPA) in partnership with Zurich will host a free mental wellbeing panel discussion as part of its ‘Tackle Your Feelings’ campaign at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast on Tuesday, 4th October 2016 from 6.15pm – 8.30pm. The panel will feature Lions, Ireland and Ulster star Tommy Bowe, who will share […]

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2016-17 Editorial

Editorial: The Scrum Doctor to showcase Live Scrum in Ulster

THE SCRUM DOCTOR, Peter Bracken, will be showcasing his Scrum Coaching sessions alongside the innovative Live Scrum Machine in Ulster during the first week in October and he’s keen for any Schools or Clubs interested in availing of this services to get in touch now.  The ex Ireland squad member learned his scrummaging technique at the coalface […]

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2015-16 FRU Fun Ulster Rugby

Ulster: The FRU Predicts Predictions Furore!

Ulster may well be on a four game winning run but over here at the FRU we are on a six game streak with our match predictions, a feat unsurpassed since Ulster went on an eight game winning run in 2005 – 2006 on their way to  the League title.  They say self praise is no […]

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2015-16 Editorial Features Ulster Rugby

Feature: Sharksworld on Marcell Coetzee

Once again our friends at Sharksworld have come to our aid with the inside track on our latest signing. Many thanks to Rob Otto for the article and Steve Haag of stevehaagsports.com for providing the picture.  When the news of Marcell Coetzee’s move to Ulster at the end of the current Super Rugby season emerged, it’s probably […]

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2015-16 Club Rugby Features

Feature: SONI Set to Honour Local Rugby Volunteers

A new initiative, which aims to honour and recognise the dedication of community rugby volunteers across Ulster was launched last week by Ulster Rugby and SONI (System Operator for Northern Ireland). The SONI Community Rugby Champions programme is being pioneered by SONI who is responsible for running the electricity grid across the Province. It follows the […]

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2015-16 Promotions

Feature: Ferris Drives Forward With Skoda

Ireland and British Lion legend Stephen Ferris is delighted to announce that he is the new Brand Ambassador at Mervyn Stewart Skoda. The partnership will see Stephen work alongside the team to promote Mervyn Stewart Skoda and raise awareness of the benefits of buying from a local dealership. … Continue reading

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2015-16 URSC

URSC: 2015 – 2016 Membership Update.

From our chums at the URSC! Application forms for membership of URSC for season 2015 – 2016 are now available. Last season we finished with a total membership of 1342. This is the highest figure ever, so many, many thanks to all who joined up. Pre-season membership renewals are going well but being able to […]

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2014-15 Editorial Features

Feature: An Ulsterman abroad!

The world of rugby can present us with the strangest of opportunities. Our reporter Stevie Love caught up with local man Marty Lusty who has journeyed a road less travelled to end up National Coach of Montenegro Rugby. Steve finds out how he got there … SL: Congratulations on your appointment as National Coach to the Montenegro […]

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2013-14 Editorial Features

Ravenhill hosts Ireland’s biggest ever learning disabilities rugby tournament.

On Saturday, Ravenhill played host to Ireland’s biggest ever display of tag rugby for people with learning disabilities as over 400 players attended the 8th annual Wooden Spoon International Tag Rugby Festival. Despite the poor weather for most of the day, 26 schools and clubs from around the UK and Ireland played at the revamped stadium, […]

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2013-14 Editorial Features

Recognise and Remove: If in doubt sit it out.

The DCAL Minister Caral Ni Chuilin MLA, as Minister for Sport, together with the Education Minister John O’Dowd launched a new leaflet and poster campaign highlighting the dangers of concussion in children and young people. The need to publish this guidance emerged from the tragic circumstances of Ben Robinson, a young schools rugby player who […]

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2013-14 Features URSC

URSC: The Big Yellow Buses Are Back For Munster

Bookings are open for buses to Thomond Park for the Pro 12 match against Munster on Saturday 10th May 2014. URSC Members: Adults £30; Under 18 £15 Non members; Adults £35; Under 18 £15 You can pay in person on match nights @ the InfoPoint, or by PayPal at the URSC Shop – CLICK HERE. (Excludes […]

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2013-14 Features URSC

URSC: Night of the Lions

The Ulster Rugby Supporters Club are delighted to announce a “Night of The Lions” next Wednesday 16th April at the Stormont Hotel, Upper Newtonards Road, Belfast The night is being held to mark the 40th Anniversary of “The Invincibles” 1974 British & Irish Lions unbeaten tour of South Africa, featuring the infamous “99 call”! From Wikipedia: The tour […]

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2013-14 Features Promotions

Ulster: Ravenhill to Officially Open on May 2nd

Bit late with this one up but Ulster Rugby announced a couple of days ago that Ravenhill Stadium will be officially opened on Friday 2nd May ahead of the RaboDirect PRO12 game against Leinster. A one hour, pre-match event will see a celebration of rugby in Ulster, with representatives from schools, clubs, referees, the women’s […]

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2013-14 Editorial Features

The FRU Review 2013

A day or two late with this one but 2013 was such a memorable year personally and on the rugby pitch that I couldn’t let it slip away without recording and recognising some of the highlights, so here goes. The Front Row Union Team of the Year: Ireland Women XV There really only was one […]

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2013-14 Ballpark Features

Ballpark: THE EMPIRE STRIKES HACK

Parky has got off his bike for long enough to pen an article on the changing face of Ravenhill. Good to have him back but is “The Force” still with him …