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2017-18 International Rugby Women Ireland Women Rugby World Cup Six Nations

Ireland Women: Who did what 2017-18

We continue our review of the season just gone with a look at Ireland Women’s performance in the 2017 World Cup, at the beginning of the season, and their performance in the Six Nations in February and March. As there were significant changes in the coaching set up and in player availability between these two […]

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2017-18 International Rugby U20 Ireland U20 Six Nations World Rugby U20 Championship

Ireland U20: Who did what 2018?

We continue to benchmark the season just gone with a look at the performance of Ireland U20’s in the Six Nations and the 2018 World Rugby Championship. Results wise it wasn’t the best of seasons for Ireland U20’s. Their two wins in the Six Nations (against Italy and Scotland) were followed by a single win (against […]

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2017-18 Ulster Rugby

Ulster Rugby: Who did what 2017-18

We have a look at the key stats behind Ulster Rugby’s 2017-2018 season. Was it as bad a season as we all think? Season Highlights Ulster recorded victories in their first five games including a thumping defeat of Cheetahs and a last gasp win over eventual finalists Scarlets. While Ulster hit a blip in Parma […]

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2017-18 Ireland Men Sevens

Ireland Men at the Paris Sevens

With the Women’s and the Men’s Competition overlapping on Day 2 of the Paris Sevens we had the opportunity to catch up with the Ireland Men’s Sevens side as they competed as an invited team in their second HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournament. The arrival of the men of Day 2 certainly brought in […]

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2017-18 ERCC

ERCC: Ulster’s opponents in next year’s Champions Cup announced

Ulster will play Scarlets, Racing 92 and Leicester Tigers in the Heineken Champions Cup 2018-2019 group stage after the draw was made this afternoon. The meeting between Ulster and Racing is the first time the sides have met in a European group stage while they last faced Leicester Tigers in the 2015/15 campaign. It is […]

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2017-18 Ireland Women Sevens

The FRU Player of the Women’s Paris Sevens and Tournament Dream Team.

During the two days we were at the Women’s Paris Sevens we took over 18,000 photos for the 27 Women’s games we covered. Having worked through all those photos there was one player who appeared consistently in attack and defence and that player was Canada’s Bianca Farella who picks up The Front Row Union Player […]

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2017-18 Ireland Women Sevens

Vicky and Beth do the Paris Sevens!

As part of our continued development of Women’s Rugby in Ulster, Team FRU invited along a couple of up and coming Ulster Players on our summer trip to help cover the 2018 World Rugby U20 Championship in Narbonne in the South of France and the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series in Paris. The objective […]

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2017-18 International Rugby U20 Ireland U20 Japan U20 World Rugby U20 Championship

U20 World Championship: Ireland 39 Japan 33

Ireland win the 11th place play off match and remain in the World Rugby U20 Championships for another season with a 39-33 victory over Japan in a pulsating affair. Jonny Stewart, Dan Sheehan, Peter Sylvester and Tommy O’Brien grabbed the Irish tries while a double from Halatoa Vailea and Siosaia Fifita kept Japan in the […]

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2017-18 International Rugby U20 Ireland U20 Japan U20 World Rugby U20 Championship

U20 World Championship: Teams for Ireland v Japan relegation battle!

The Ireland U20 side has been announced for the World Rugby U20 Championship relegation play off against Japan U20 which takes place Sunday morning in Stade De La Mediterranee, Béziers. Kick off 11:00 am local time 10:00am UK/IRE. Irrespective of whether the team win or lose it will be the worst finish for Ireland U20’s […]

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2017-18 Summer Tours

Summer Tour: Australia 21 Ireland 26

Ireland edged out Australia 26-21 to level the series heading into a decider in Sydney next week. Andrew Conway opened Ireland’s account while Tadhg Furlong added a second try towards the end of the match. It was a nervy start for Ireland has Kurtley Beale carved Ireland open within two minutes for the opening score […]

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2017-18 Summer Tours

Summer Tour: Teams up for Australia v Ireland

For the first time since 2007 no Ulster player is named in the starting team ahead of round two of Australia v Ireland. Rob Herring and John Cooney are however, the sole representatives in the extended squad as both occupy a spot on the replacement’s bench. Joe Schmidt has named five changes in the pack with […]

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2017-18 Ireland Women Sevens

Ireland Women at the Paris Womens Sevens

This time last week Team FRU had just endured a 12 hour overnight drive from Narbonne (after the U20’s game against Georgia) to Paris. Well we say Team FRU, the boss endured the 12 hour drive while the little munchkins slept all the way #ONETEAM. The main thing is that we arrived in plenty of […]

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2017-18 International Rugby U20 Ireland U20 Scotland U20 World Rugby U20 Championship

U20 World Championship: Ireland 29 Scotland 45

The prospect of relegation to the World Rugby U20 Trophy looms after Ireland they were convincingly defeated by Scotland 45-29 in Perpignan this afternoon. Ireland U20s have now lost their last five matches in all competitions and have conceded a hefty 18 tries in this year’s tournament with only Italy and Japan conceding more. Ireland […]

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2017-18 International Rugby U20 Ireland U20 Scotland U20 World Rugby U20 Championship

U20 World Championship: Teams up for Ireland v Scotland

The teams are up for the World Rugby U20 Championship 9th Place Semi Final between Ireland U20 and Scotland U20 which takes place in Perpignan on Tuesday afternoon. Kick off 4:00 pm local, 3:00 pm UK/IRE. As expected, it’s been a difficult tournament for the Irish team who were drawn in a tough group. However […]

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2017-18 Georgia U20 International Rugby U20 Ireland U20 World Rugby U20 Championship

U20 World Championship: Ireland 20 Georgia 24

Tedo Abzhandadze inspired Georgia to a 24-20 victory over Ireland on match day three of the 2018 World Rugby U20 Championship at the Parc des Sports Et de l’Amitié, Narbonne The result leaves Ireland fighting for 9th place in the knock out stage. A tentative start from Ireland was punished when Arsen Machaladze crossed to […]

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2017-18 Summer Tours

Summer Tour: Teams up for Australia v Ireland

Jacob Stockdale, Rob Herring and Iain Henderson start for Ireland as Joe Schmidt named his side this morning for the first test against Australia in Brisbane on Saturday. (KO 20:00 local time, 11:00 UK/IRE) There’s no space for John Cooney as Kieran Marmion occupies the replacement scrum half spot with Conor Murray starting. With Rory […]

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2017-18 Georgia U20 International Rugby U20 Ireland U20 World Rugby U20 Championship

U20 World Championship: Teams up for Ireland v Georgia

Matthew Dalton, Aaron Hall and James Hume are the Ulster representatives in the Ireland U20s side that will take on Georgia in the final pool C match of the World Rugby U20 Championship 2018. Jonny Stewart and Matthew Agnew are among replacements. Noel McNamara has made three changes to the forwards; Dalton returns to the […]

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2017-18 Australia U20 International Rugby U20 Japan U20 World Rugby U20 Championship

U20 World Championship: Australia 54 Japan 19

The second match in Narbonne on Sunday featured Australia U20 against Japan U20 with both teams looking for a win following opening day losses in Pool A. Australia ran out winners by eight tries to three with Semisi Tupou, Mack Hansen, Michael Wood, Efi Maafu, Matthew McTaggart and Tate McDermott all crossing before replacement Ryan […]

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2017-18 International Rugby U20 Ireland U20 South Africa U20 World Rugby U20 Championship

U20 World Championship: South Africa 30 Ireland 17

A Wandisile Simelane hat trick eased South Africa to a comfortable win over Ireland on match-day two of the World Rugby U20 Championship 2018 at Parc des Sports Et de l’Amitié, Narbonne Simelane’s three second half tries guided his side to a comeback after tries from Caelan Doris and Michael Silvester had given Ireland the […]

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2017-18 International Rugby U20 Ireland U20 South Africa U20 World Rugby U20 Championship

U20 World Championship: Teams up for South Africa v Ireland

Ulster’s Jonny Stewart is one of four Ulster players named in the Ireland team to start the second match of the World Rugby U20 Championships against South Africa. Matthew Agnew, James Hume and Joe Dunleavy are the other Ulster players in the starting team while Aaron Hall starts from the bench. Noel McNamara makes just […]

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2017-18 Georgia U20 International Rugby U20 South Africa U20 World Rugby U20 Championship

U20 World Championship: South Africa 33 Georgia 27

Ireland’s next opponents, South Africa, stumbled to a 33-27 victory over Georgia in the opening round of the World Rugby U20 Championship 2018 in Stade Aimé Giral, Perpignan. South Africa opened the scoring inside 10 minutes through Wandisile Simelane before Georgia’s Lasha Lomidze touched down after a lovely dink from Tedo Abzhandadze. Muller Uys scored […]

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2017-18 France U20 International Rugby U20 Ireland U20 World Rugby U20 Championship

U20 World Championship: France 26 Ireland 24

A spirited Ireland performance was not enough as France powered to victory with a dynamic second half performance. Hugh O’Sullivan scored on the stroke of half time to give Ireland a deserved 17-5 lead but three second half French tries wiped the lead out. A late Harry Byrne try, to bring the scores to within […]

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2017-18 France U20 International Rugby U20 Ireland U20 World Rugby U20 Championship

U20 World Championship: Teams announced for France v Ireland

Three Ulster players are named in Ireland’s starting team while another two are replacements as Ireland kick off their World Rugby Championship campaign tomorrow evening against the hosts, France at the Stade Aime-Giral, Perpignan.(KO 20:00 UK/Irish time) Matthew Dalton starts in the second row while Joe Dunleavy and Matthew Agnew occupy the wing forward positions. […]

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2017-18 Summer Tours

Summer Tour: Five Ulstermen included in Irish squad for tour of Australia

Joe Schmidt has included five Ulstermen in the Irish squad of 32 that will play three test matches against Australia this summer. Jacob Stockdale, Rory Best and Iain Henderson were expected to travel but Schmidt has also handed touring places to Rob Herring and John Cooney. For Cooney in particular it is a just reward […]