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2019-20 Campbell College Belfast Royal Belfast Academical Institution Schools Schools Medallion Shield

Medallion Shield. Campbell College 20 Royal Belfast Academical Institution 15

[pullquote]Report and photo credit John McMurtry and Bob Given Photography[/pullquote] It was another classic schools game at Ravenhill as Campbell College and RBAI went head to head in the final of the Medallion Shield on Tuesday afternoon.  Campbell came out top by 20 – 15 but a second half revival from Inst had the crowd on […]

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2019-20 Royal Belfast Academical Institution Royal School Armagh Schools Schools Cup

Schools Cup. Royal School Armagh 29 Royal Belfast Academical Institution 22

Royal School Armagh staged a sensational second half comeback against RBAI to book a place in the Schools Cup Final on 17th March. Inst looked to have built a winning lead, after two quick tries at the start of the second half moved them 17 points clear, but Armagh battled back with 24 unanswered points […]

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2019-20 Royal Belfast Academical Institution Royal School Armagh Schools Schools Medallion Shield

Medallion Shield. RBAI 12 RSA 7 (Semi Final)

Royal Belfast Academical Institution came out on top in a hard fought Medallion Shield semi final against Royal School Armagh at Wallace High School on Saturday morning.  The game kicked up in cold but sunny conditions with Armagh applying the early pressure, however Inst looked dangerous on the counter.  Indeed it was Inst who were […]

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2019-20 Bangor Grammar Royal Belfast Academical Institution Schools Schools Medallion Shield

Medallion Shield. RBAI 36 Bangor Grammar 5

[pullquote]Report and images courtesy of Bob Given Photography [/pullquote] Despite dire predictions of the weather that Storm Denis might bring, it was overcast and dry, mostly, and a southerly breeze blew across the pitch for yesterday’s Medallion Shield Quarter Final at Osborne, between RBAI and Bangor Grammar School. After a tentative start ‘Inst’ settled first […]

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2019-20 Belfast Royal Academy Royal Belfast Academical Institution Schools Schools Cup

Schools Cup. RBAI 47 BRA 12

[pullquote]Report and pictures Bob Given Photography[/pullquote] BRA travelled to Osborne on Saturday morning for a Schools’ Cup tie against neighbours RBAI. Despite the approach of Storm Ciara, the sun shone and there was only a gentle breeze. It was nip and tuck in the first few minutes before BRA broke away through their captain Rob Sturges, […]

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2019-20 Enniskillen Royal Grammar School Royal Belfast Academical Institution Schools

Ulster Schools Rugby RBAI 17 Enniskillen Royal Grammar 24

[pullquote]Report and pictures by Bob Given Photography.[/pullquote] It was dank and overcast for the visit of Enniskillen Royal School to Osborne to play RBAI on Saturday morning. Inst started off brightly moving the ball quickly through a number of phases and it was no surprise that they manoeuvred the Enniskillen defence around to create space […]

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2019-20 Royal Belfast Academical Institution Schools Wallace High School

Ulster Schools Rugby. RBAI 0 Wallace High School 15

[pullquote]Picture credit – Davie Hayes Photography[/pullquote] Wallace High School continued their good run of form with a 0 – 15 win against Royal Belfast Academical Institution on Saturday morning. Cameron Doak was amongst the scorers for Wallace High The influential Ben Carson was on the scoreboard again for Wallace with a second half try to […]

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2019-20 Campbell College Belfast Royal Belfast Academical Institution Schools Schools Friendly

Schools: Royal Belfast Academical Institution 18 Campbell College Belfast 10

[pullquote]Report and pictures by Richard Owens. [/pullquote] Another grey wet morning in Belfast for the second encounter in only a matter of weeks between these Tier 1 squads with RBAI narrowly winning that match at Foxes’ field. The match sputtered into life on the twelfth minute when CCB were penalised for a high tackle and Inst’s […]

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2019-20 Campbell College Belfast Royal Belfast Academical Institution Schools Schools Friendly

Schools: Campbell College 5 Royal Belfast Academical Institution 10

Royal Belfast Academical Institution made the short trip across Belfast to play Campbell College on Saturday morning. The scenic Foxes Field was lit up in bright patches of sunlight but unfortunately the game didn’t live up to it’s settings with the ball seeing more air time from the boot than it did passing through the […]

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2019-20 Alcobendas Rugby Spain Belfast Royal Academy Blackrock College Dublin Campbell College Belfast Clongowes Wood College Coleraine Grammar School Gonzaga College Dublin Merchiston Castle School Edinburgh Methodist College Belfast Royal Belfast Academical Institution Schools St Michael's College Dublin Terenure College Dublin

Schools: CCB 125 Rugby Tournament

Campbell College Belfast held a medallion level Rugby Tournament on 18th and 19th October as part of their 125th anniversary celebrations. Ten schools sides from all over Ireland took part as well as Spanish side Alcobendas RFC and Scottish school Merchiston Castle, Edinburgh.  The twelve teams were split into four groups of three for the […]

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2019-20 Ballymena Academy Royal Belfast Academical Institution Schools Schools Friendly

Schools: Ballymena Academy 30 RBAI 19

Ballymena Academy entertained Royal Belfast Academical Institution on Saturday morning with the home side coming out on top 30 -19 in an entertaining match. Ballymena took an early lead with a Ross McKay penalty three minutes in, however it was the visitors that applied the early pressure and they were rewarded when Adam Cooke crossed […]

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2018-19 Campbell College Belfast Royal Belfast Academical Institution Schools Schools Medallion Shield

Schools: Campbell College 15 RBAI 7 (Medallion Shield)

Campbell College progressed to the Semi Finals of the Medallion Shield following a 15 – 7 win against Royal Belfast Academical Institution on Saturday morning at Fox’s Field. In the other Medallion Shield Quarter Finals, Sullivan Upper School defeated Coleraine Grammar School by 17 – 15, Royal School, Dungannon lost 24 – 21 against Methodist College […]

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2018-19 Royal Belfast Academical Institution Royal School Dungannon Schools Schools Cup

Schools Cup: RBAI 38 RS Dungannon 0

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2018-19 Bangor Grammar Royal Belfast Academical Institution Schools

Schools: RBAI 40 Bangor Grammar 15

Royal Belfast Academical Institution entertained Bangor Grammar at Osborne Park on Saturday morning with the home side recording a 40 – 17 win. The first half was barely a minute old when Inst took the lead through an Ewan Magee unconverted try. Further pressure yielded two penalty goals from the boot of team captain Robin McIlveen. […]

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2018-19 Campbell College Belfast Royal Belfast Academical Institution Schools

Schools: Campbell College 30 RBAI 13

Campbell College hosted Royal Belfast Academical Institution on Friday evening at CIYMS Rugby Club with the host team winning 30 – 14 in a match that featured the 6th and 5th ranked sides in the Rugby Rankings. Campbell dominated an injury racked RBAI who struggled to compete. Inst’s scrums and lineouts malfunctioned and they were always […]

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2018-19 Methodist College Belfast Royal Belfast Academical Institution Schools

Schools: Royal Belfast Academical Institution 10 Methodist College 19

It was a war of attrition in the trenches today, with Methody’s superb defence, ultimately, the deciding factor in a thrilling game. Weather conditions were always going to decide how the game was played. After a cagey start MCB took the lead midway through the 1st half with a Ben Gourley try converted by Ethan […]

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2018-19 Belfast Metropolitan College Royal Belfast Academical Institution Schools

Schools: RBAI 60 Belfast Met 0

RBAI romped to a ten try win over Belfast Met yesterday morning. The home side dominated the opening minutes before breaking the deadlock through outhalf Bradley McNamara. RBAI loosehead, Stuart Cameron was sent to the bin but that didn’t stop the home side from adding to their score. Marco Manso made a break from scrum […]

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2017-18 Royal Belfast Academical Institution Royal School Armagh Schools Schools Cup

Schools Cup: RBAI 22 RSA 26 Semi Final

Royal Belfast Academical Institution 22 Royal School Armagh 26 Wednesday afternoon’s semi final was a much more thrilling affair with Royal School Armagh holding on to secure a deserved 22 – 26 win in a raucous Ravenhill. The Armagh team started the match in some style and raced to a 14 – 0 win thanks […]

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2017-18 Campbell College Belfast Methodist College Belfast Royal Belfast Academical Institution Royal School Armagh Schools Cup

Schools Cup Semi Final Preview

I’m afraid we got just too relaxed there over the weekend and forgot to get our Schools Cup preview ready for yesterday. So after our impromptu holiday we are back with our noses to the grindstone and here’s the stats on the four teams that are left to fight it out for the Ulster Schools […]

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2017-18 Campbell College Belfast Royal Belfast Academical Institution Schools

Schools: RBAI 8 CCB 6

Royal Belfast Academical Institution maintained their spot at the top of The Front Row Union Ulster Schools Rugby Rankings with a hard fought win over Campbell College Belfast on a damp and dank Wednesday afternoon. There was plenty of honest application and a bit of bristle from both sides, but the game was far from […]

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2017-18 Blackrock College Dublin Royal Belfast Academical Institution Schools

Schools: RBAI 17 Blackrock 15

Royal Belfast Academical Institution recovered from their midweek defeat by Larne Grammar 😆 to record an impressive win against Blackrock College. The Belfast boys outscored their Dublin rivals by three tries to two in the 17 – 15 win. The first half was a tense affair with defenses’ dominating. Jude Postlewaite opened the scoring with […]

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2017-18 Dromore High School Royal Belfast Academical Institution Schools

Schools: Dromore High 24 RBAI 0

We called into Dromore on Saturday morning, on our way down to Dublin, to record the official hand over of their new training kit, with The Front Row Union being one of the sponsors. We were represented at the handover by team FRU member Vicky Irwin, pictured below with some of the Dromore players. A […]

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2016-17 Ballymena Academy Royal Belfast Academical Institution Schools Cup

Ulster Schools Cup Semi Final: RBAI 41 Ballymena Academy 8

Royal Belfast Academical Institution  pulled away in a dominant second half to record a 41 – 8 win against Ballymena Academy in the Danske Bank Schools Cup Semi Final at Ravenhill on Monday afternoon.  Ballymena enjoyed territory and possession for the bulk of the first half but they were unable to break through the determined […]

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2016-17 Campbell College Belfast Royal Belfast Academical Institution Schools Cup

RBAI progress to last four in Danske Bank Schools Cup

Inst won 10 – 3 against near neighbours Campbell College in this hard fought Danske Bank Schools Cup quarter final at Foxes Field. Will Davis opened the scoring with a penalty for Campbell before Joe Finnegan crossed for an unconverted try for the hosts to give RBAI a 5 – 3 lead at the break. […]