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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 Men Community Series Ulster

Club Men. Community Series Week 3 Preview

There was only one fixture completed in the Ulster Conference Division 1 in Week 2 with City of Armagh moving to the top of the league after a last minute win against Ballynahinch. Division 2 also only managed one completion with Bangor coming out on top against Omagh Academicals. Unfortunately our photographer had gone to […]

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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 Bangor RFC Club Rugby Men Instonians RFC U16 Club Rugby Ulster

Club Men: Instonians 7 Bangor 19 U16 Friendly

The enlarged squads of Instonians U16’s and Bangor U16’s met on Saturday morning for a ‘hit out’ at Shaw’s Bridge. The game was played over three 20 minute periods to allow coaches to rotate their squads. After a tentative start, Bangor turned the screw scoring 3 tries on 5, 14 and 20 minutes, 2 converted, […]

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Ulster

PRO14: Leinster 27 Ulster 5

A valiant effort from Ulster was not enough to win the province a first trophy in 14 years as they slipped to a 28-5 defeat in the final of the PRO14 to perennial victors, Leinster. The gulf in class between the two sides showed in the second half as Leinster’s rugged defence sapped the life […]

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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 PRO14 Ulster

PRO14: Edinburgh 19 Ulster 22

An 80th minute penalty from Ian Madigan sent Ulster through to the Guinness PRO14 final for the first time since 2013. In true Ulster fashion, they made hard work of it against an Edinburgh side who could have been out of sight after they opened up both a 12-0 lead and a 19-7 lead. Inspired […]

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2020-21 Club Rugby Men Friendly Grosvenor RFC Lisburn RFC Ulster Ulster Championship D1 Ulster Championship D2

Club Men: Lisburn 5 Grosvenor 43 Friendly

Report and pictures courtesy of Bob Given Photography Grosvenor defeat Lisburn 43 – 5 in a Pre Season Friendly at Blaris. Covid19 Guidelines were meticulously followed in yesterday’s Pre Season Friendly between Lisburn and Grosvenor at Blaris. The game was split into 4 quarters, with unlimited running substitutes to give both sides the opportunity to rotate […]

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2020-21 PRO14 Ulster

PRO14: Teams up for Edinburgh v Ulster

The teams are out for Ulster’s crunch Guinness PRO14 semi final match against Edinburgh. Ulster are missing Will Addison, Luke Marshall and Iain Henderson to injury but are boosted by the inlcusions of Jacob Stockdale, Alan O’Connor, Stuart McCloskey and Jordi Murphy who were doubts after the Leinster match. Jack McGrath and Marty Moore are […]

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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 IRFU Volkswagen Tag Ulster

IRFU Volkswagen Tag: Week 6 Wrap

It was an exciting, if somewhat damp, finish to the IRFU Volkswagen Mixed Tag Tournament at Belfast Harlequins on Thursday night. Quite a few of the results didn’t go he way of our predictions which made it all the more interesting. Premiership HashTags 19 – 16 Friesian Taggers Sheep Taggers 19 – 7 Tag My […]

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2020-21 IRFU Volkswagen Tag Ulster

Tag: Week 6 Preview.

It’s the final round of the IRFU Volkswagen Mixed Tag at Belfast Harlequins and the winners of the three competitions will be decided tonight. Premiership Pitch 1 HashTags 19:25 Friesian Taggers Pitch 2 Sheep Taggers 19.25 Tag My Pitch Up Hash Tags v Friesian Taggers The Friesians go into the final game as Premiership Champions […]

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2020-21 IRFU Volkswagen Tag Ulster

IRFU Volkswagen Tag: Week 5 Wrap

It ended up a wet and windy evening at Deramore Park as the 5th round of the IRFU Volkswagen Mixed Tag completed it’s penultimate round. However, the conditions only served to add to the excitement as the competition approaches it conclusion. Premiership Results Sheep Taggers 12 Friesian Taggers 25 Hash Tags 15 Tag My Pitch […]

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2020-21 IRFU Volkswagen Tag Ulster

Tag: Week 5 Preview

There were plenty of comments at last weeks tag about out predictions so we’ll have another look at what the stats are telling us about this week’s fixtures. We’ve put down KO times down, but keep an eye on your phone for any changes. Premiership Pitch 1 Sheep Taggers KO 18:30 Friesian Taggers Pitch 1 […]

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2020-21 IRFU Volkswagen Tag Ulster

Tag: Week 4 Wrap

Premiership Results Standings Championship Results Standings Conference Results Standings Leading Scorers Galleries The IRFU Volkswagen Mixed Tag at Belfast Harlequins RFC certainly moved up a notch on Thursday night as the teams played in their competition groups. Premiership Results Friesian Taggers 19 – 06 Tag My Pitch Up Sheep Taggers 14 – 11 HashTags The […]

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2020-21 IRFU Volkswagen Tag Ulster

Tag: Week 4 Preview

Thanks to the teams for updating us on their progress so far; you can listen to their thoughts on the IRFU Volkswagen Mixed Tag competition below. Having covered the first three rounds of the competition we now, of course, regard ourselves as tag experts and we are going to have a go at predicting the […]