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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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2019-20 All Ireland League Women International Rugby Women Ireland Women

Not another ruckin podcast.

FRU Favourites Fi Hayes and Ali Miller have kicked off the summer with “Not Another Rucking Podcast” on the Limor platform . It’s an entertaining run through their early careers, the effect of lockdown and promises to deliver some forthright analysis of the men’s and women’s All Ireland League rugby going forward. The pair have […]

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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 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 […]

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2019-20 All Ireland League Women Blackrock College RFC Club Rugby Women Railway Union RFC

Women’s AIL. Semi Final 2 Railway Union 36 Blackrock 34

The second AIL Virtual Semi Final went down to the wire as Blackrock College battled it out with defending champions Railway Union. Blackrock, represented by Michelle Claffey and Valerie Powers probably enjoyed the bulk of the game but Railway’s Melissa Slevin and Nikki Caughey snatched the result by claiming both penalty try chances. However, if […]

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

Women’s AIL. Semi Final 1 UL Bohemian 42 Old Belvedere 20

UL Bohemian and Old Belvedere went head to head on Zoom on Saturday afternoon in The Front Row Union virtual playoff semi final 1. UL Bohemian were represented by Chloe Pearse and Rachel Allen with Jemma Jackson and Kathryn Dane representing Old Belvedere. In an incident packed matchup UL Bohemian built up an early lead […]

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2019-20 All Ireland League Women Club Rugby Women

Women’s AIL. Season Wrap.

We’d normally be wrapping up the Women’s AIL about now as we look forward to the playoffs this weekend. I’ve been in a bit of a quandary as to whether I should declare the awards void for this season or whether to run with what we have up to Week 12. However, I came to […]

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2019-20 All Ireland League Women Club Rugby Women

Women’s Virtual AIL. Week 14 Results.

It was a comparatively low polling week for the final round of the Women’s Virtual AIL with only 336 votes polled compared to 802 votes polled for Week 13. As before we’ve adjusted the votes to match scores and due to the low polling we have no try bonus points to award this week. There […]

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2019-20 All Ireland League Women Club Rugby Women

Women’s Virtual AIL. Week 14 Predictions.

The final weekend of the regular season was scheduled for this weekend, kicking off with a huge game between Railway Union and Suttonians in an attempt at a record crowd for the women’s game. Other matters have taken precedence but, as a distraction from the difficulties we find ourselves in, we can still close the […]

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2019-20 All Ireland League Women Club Rugby Women

Women’s Virtual AIL. Week 13 Results.

The remote rugby results are in for the Women’s Virtual AIL Week 13 and between the refix matches and the full set of fixtures we received 1,164 votes. Our friends at Cooke were the big winners, receiving the most individual votes with 147 votes for a win against Malone, and they were joined by UL […]

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2019-20 All Ireland League Women Club Rugby Women

Women’s Virtual AIL: Refix Match Results

Our first remote rugby match results are in. With voting ending last night in the Week 9 refix match between Cooke and Suttonians and the Week 10 refix between Malone and Suttonians we can update our Women’s Virtual AIL table as the teams go into the Week 13 Matches today. There were 362 votes cast […]

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2019-20 All Ireland League Women Club Rugby Women

Energia Womens AIL. Week 13 Predictions

I’m sure, like us, you feel that there is some unfinished business out there. To give you a chance to take back control of your season we have decided to roll through the unplayed matches and find our unofficial Women’s AIL Champions by giving you all a chance to vote on the outcome of the […]

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2019-20 All Ireland League Women Club Rugby Women

Energia AIL Women. Week 12 Status Update.

The Women’s AIL was already hit by the weather before recent postponements. As it stands there are two full weeks of the campaign to complete plus a couple of re-fix matches. Current Standings There were three games played since our last Week 12 Wrap and you can view two of them below. Energia AIL Women. […]

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

Energia Women’s AIL. Cooke 17 UL Bohemian 46.

UL Bohemian continued their domination of the regular season with a comfortable win against Cooke at Shaw’s Bridge on Saturday night, the Limerick side now on an eleven game winning run. A few late changes saw Cooke move Breana Kaio Te Whetu into the centre for Leah McGoldrick.  It was an improved performance from Cooke […]

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2019-20 All Ireland League Women Blackrock College RFC Club Rugby Women Old Belvedere RFC

Energia AIL Women. Old Belvedere 3 Blackrock College 12 (Week 10 Refix)

Old Belvedere and Blackrock College got their Week 10 refix game out of the way on Thursday night at the Ollie Campbell Stadium with Blackrock coming out on top with a 3 – 12 win. Jemma Jackson  was the home team’s only scorer with a first half penalty. Blackrock replied with a first half try […]

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2019-20 All Ireland League Women Club Rugby Women

Energia AIL Women. Week 12 Wrap

There were three fixtures completed in Week 12 of the Energia Women’s AIL with the match between UL Bohemian and Galwegians postponed. The results from the matches completed were as follows. You can view our coverage of two of the matches by clicking the links below. Energia AIL Women. Old Belvedere 27 Suttonians 5 Energia […]

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2019-20 All Ireland League Women Blackrock College RFC Club Rugby Women Cooke RFC

Energia AIL Women. Cooke 17 Blackrock College 41

Blackrock College pulled away in the second half, against Cooke at Shaw’s Bridge,  to record a comprehensive win in the Women’s Energia AIL.  It’s been a few weeks since Cooke have managed to get a game at Shaw’s Bridge under their belt and they started this one with plenty of enthusiasm with Beth Cregan crashing […]

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2019-20 All Ireland League Women Club Rugby Women Old Belvedere RFC Suttonians RFC

Energia AIL Women. Old Belvedere 27 Suttonians 5

Old Belvedere Women ground out a gritty win against Suttonians in difficult conditions to consolidate their third place standing in the Women’s Energia AIL. Victoria Dubanovich O’Mahony opened the scoring for Old Belvedere Victoria Dubanovich O’Mahony opened the scoring on the 7th  minute. suttonians began to work they way into the game but it was […]

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2019-20 All Ireland League Women Club Rugby Women

Energia AIL Women. Week 12 Preview

The Women’s Week  11 activities were wrapped up earlier in the week so this will be a straightforward preview of this weekend’s matches. The Week 12 fixtures are as follows. The form of the teams going into this round is a bit messy due to the postponed matches but here it is based on the […]

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2019-20 All Ireland League Women Club Rugby Women

Energia AIL Women. Week 11 Wrap.

There was a full set of fixtures completed this weekend. Despite losing, I’m sure Cooke and Suttonians will be glad to have gotten a hit out. Blackrock were this week’s stars with a big win against second placed Railway Union. The rest of the games went pretty much as predicted. This leaves the standings as […]

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2019-20 All Ireland League Women Club Rugby Women Malone RFC Old Belvedere RFC

Energia AIL Women. Malone 17 Old Belvedere 21

Old Belvedere women went one step further than their men with a 17 – 21 win against Malone women at Gibson Park on a cold and dank Saturday evening.  Malone started the game strongly with Shirelle Wilson leading the way as they kept Old Belvedere pinned in their own half for the bulk of the […]

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2019-20 All Ireland League Women Club Rugby Women

Energia AIL Women. Week 11 Preview.

The Women’s AIL continues this week. Hopefully we’ll get a full weekend of results with previous weeks disrupted by frost and Storm Dennis. Only on fixture was fulfilled in Week 10 with Railway Union beating Galwegians 40 – 0. Stephanie Carroll was the star of the show with 4 tries which sees become both the […]