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2018-19 International Rugby U20 Ireland U20 Six Nations World Rugby U20 Championship

Ireland U20: 2018-2019 Season Wrap

Ireland U20’s have just completed one of their more successful seasons in recent years. The season highlight was their Six Nations Grand Slam, however, this was tempered by an 8th place finish in the 2019 World Rugby U20 Championship.  Over the season they played 10 games, winning seven. They scored 287 points and conceded 247 […]

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2018-19 Ireland Women Sevens

Ireland Women: Squad announced for Rugby Europe Grand Prix

Ireland Women’s 7s Coach Stan McDowell has named the 13-player squad ahead of this weekend’s Rugby Europe 7s Grand Prix in Marcoussis, France. Anna McGann comes into the squad and Lucy Mulhall returns to captain the side in the first round of the Grand Prix Series, which serves as the seeding tournament for the European […]

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2018-19 Ireland Men Sevens

Ireland Men: Mission accomplished in Moscow!

Ireland Men battled their way to the Final of the Rugby Europe Sevens Grand Prix in Moscow, pretty much ticking all the boxes ahead of their participation in the Rugby Europe Olympic Qualifier in Colomiers on July 13-14. As top seeds in this competition Ireland kicked off the tournament on Saturday with a comfortable 29 […]

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2018-19 International Rugby U20 Ireland U20 New Zealand U20 World Rugby U20 Championship

Ireland U20: Ireland leave themselves with too much to do against New Zealand.

A poor first half cost Ireland their chance of a 7th place finish in the World Rugby U20 Championship in Argentina with New Zealand capitalising to record a 40 – 17 win.  It’s left Ireland with a disappointing 8th place finish that will have taken some of the shine off their Six Nations Grand Slam, […]

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2018-19 International Rugby U20 Ireland U20 New Zealand U20 World Rugby U20 Championship

Ireland U20: All you need to know for Ireland v New Zealand

We have an indepth look at the two teams ahead of this afternoon’s 2019 World Rugby U20 Championship 7th Place Final match. Kick off is at 13:00 in Argentina, 17:00 in UK/IRE. The match should be streamed live for those of us in the UK and will also be shown on EIR Sports. Why is […]

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2018-19 International Rugby U20 Ireland U20 New Zealand U20 World Rugby U20 Championship

Ireland U20: And still there is one!

The Ireland U20 side has been named for their 7th place play of match against New Zealand at Rosario, Argentina. Kick off 17:00 UK/IRE (Live on World Rugby web media.) NOTE CHANGE OF KICK OFF TIME. Once again the starting XV features only one Ulster player, Angus Kernohan (QUB) our sole representative this time round. […]

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2018-19 Ireland Men Sevens

Ireland Men: Squad announced for Rugby Europe Grand Prix.

The Ireland Men’s 7s Squad was announced yesterday for the first leg of the Rugby Europe Sevens Grand Prix which takes place this weekend in Moscow.  Why is this important? It’s all about the Olympics this summer for Ireland’s Men and Women’s Sevens Squads with the European Olympic Qualifying tournaments for both teams being held […]

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2018-19 England U20 International Rugby U20 Ireland U20 World Rugby U20 Championship

Ireland U20: England extract revenge.

England extracted revenge, for their two defeats by Ireland this season, by winning this 5th Place Semifinal 23 – 30 in the World Rugby U20 Championship at Club Old Resian, Rosario.  I don’t often get the chance to sit down and watch these matches as I’m usually away covering this competition, but with Argentina being […]

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2018-19 PRO14

PRO14 conferences announced for 2019-20 and 2020-21

The Guinness PRO14 conferences for the next two seasons have been announced seeing Ulster placed in Conference A with Glasgow, Leinster, Ospreys, Dragons, Zebre and Cheetahs. Despite being reigning champions, Leinster are ranked as the second Irish side behind Munster due to the rankings being based on the regular season rather than the knockout phase. […]

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2018-19 England U20 International Rugby U20 Ireland U20 World Rugby U20 Championship

Ireland U20: All you need to know about Ireland U20 v England U20. Take 2.

We have an indepth look at the two teams ahead of this afternoon’s 2019 World Rugby U20 Championship 5th Place semi final match. Kick off is at 15:30 in Argentina, 19:30 in UK/IRE. The match should be streamed live for those of us in the UK and will also be shown on EIR Sports. Why […]

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2018-19 Ireland Women Sevens

Ireland Women: No Day 2 bounce back in Biarritz.

There was no Day 2 bounce back for Ireland Women in this seasons final World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series held in Biarritz on Sunday.  Having failed to pick up a Pool win on Day 1, against Australia, Canada and Spain, Ireland dropped into the competition bottom four alongside England, Fiji and, invitational side, Scotland.  Ireland […]

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2018-19 International Rugby U20 Ireland U20 Italy U20 World Rugby U20 Championship

Ireland U20: And then there was one.

The Ireland U20 side has been named for their 5th place play of match against England at Rosario, Argentina. Kick off 19:30 UK/IRE (Live on World Rugby web media.)  The disappointing news for Ulster readers is that there is only one Ulster player starting, namely, Azur Allison (Ballymena), who starts at No. 8. They must […]

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2018-19 Ireland Women Sevens

Ireland Women: Dismal Day 1 for Ireland at Biarritz.

Ireland Women Sevens had a tough Day 1 at the Biarritz 7s, the final leg of the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series.  The girls in green failed to win any of their Pool B matches and have dropped into the Challenge Trophy competition for the second successive tournament.  Their first match on Day 2 will […]

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2018-19 International Rugby U20 Ireland U20 World Rugby U20 Championship

Ireland U20: Who’s been doing what so far.

Ireland U20, the current Six Nations “Grand Slam” champions have been competing in the 2019 World Rugby U20 Championships in Argentina the last couple of weeks and with the Pool stages just completed we have a look at who has been doing what in the campaign so far.  Despite winning the Grand Slam, this was […]

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2018-19 Ireland Women Sevens

Ireland Women: Squad Announced for Biarritz 7s

The Ireland Women’s 7s squad has been announced for the France leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series which takes place this weekend on Saturday and Sunday .  Why is this important? Ireland Women have all but secured a top eight finish in the World Rugby Sevens Series and they have an outside chance […]

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2018-19 International Rugby U20 Ireland U20 Italy U20 World Rugby U20 Championship

Ireland U20: Ireland batter Italy to progress to 5th Place Play Offs

Ireland U20 produced a bruising first half performance against Italy to record a five try bonus point win and progress to the 5th Place Play Offs in the 2019 World Rugby U20 Championship.  Following their substantial defeat to Australia, Ireland needed a lot of other results to go their way for a top four finish. […]

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2018-19 International Rugby U20 Ireland U20 Italy U20 World Rugby U20 Championship

Ireland U20: All you need to know about Italy U20 v Ireland U20

We have an indepth look at the two teams ahead of this afternoon’s 2019 World Rugby U20 Championship third round match. Kick off is at 10:30 in Argentina, 14:30 in UK/IRE.  The match should be streamed live here for those of us in the UK and will also be shown on EIR Sports.  Why is this match […]

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2018-19 International Rugby U20 Ireland U20 Italy U20 World Rugby U20 Championship

Ireland U20: Three Ulster players to start against Italy

The Ireland U20 team to play Italy in their third game of the World Rugby U20 Championship has been named. The match kicks off on Wednesday 12th June at 14:30 (UK/IRE) and should be available in Northern Ireland as a live stream. From an Ulster perspective. The bad news is that Stewart Moore (Malone) joins […]

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2018-19 Ballyclare RFC Ballymena RFC Club Rugby Dungannon RFC Garryowen FC Portadown RFC Wicklow RFC

Club: Fantastic Fun at Wooden Spoon Tag Festival

Ballyclare Rugby Club held the held the Wooden Spoon International Tag Rugby Festival at the Cloughan on Saturday with over 900 players, coaches and support staff taking part in a fun filled day.  The following teams took part in over 160 matches in the U15 and Adult competitions.  Ballymena Bears, Newforge Taggers, Bantry Bay West […]

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2018-19 Australia U20 International Rugby U20 Ireland U20 World Rugby U20 Championship

Ireland U20: Ruthless Australia run riot.

Ireland U20 went down 45 – 17 to a ruthless Australian side who ran in five tries in the final quarter to make light of Ireland’s efforts in this Pool B second round match in the 2019 World Rugby U20 Championship.  A wonder try from Malone’s Stewart Moore had edged Ireland in front on the […]

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2018-19 Australia U20 International Rugby U20 Ireland U20 World Rugby U20 Championship

Ireland U20: All you need to know about Australia U20 v Ireland U20

We have an indepth look at the two teams ahead of this afternoon’s 2019 World Rugby U20 Championship second round match. Kick off is at 10:30 in Arentinia, 14:30 in UK/IRE.  The match should be streamed live here for those of us in the UK and will also be shown on EIR Sports.  Why is this match […]

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2018-19 Australia U20 International Rugby U20 Ireland U20 World Rugby U20 Championship

Ireland U20: Three Ulster players to start against Australia

The Ireland U20 team to play Australia in their second game of the World Rugby U20 Championship has been named. The match kicks off at 14:30 (UK/IRE) and should be available in Northern Ireland as a live stream.  From an Ulster perspective. Iwan Hughes (Ballynahinch) and Azur Allison (Ballymena) drop out of contention due to […]

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2018-19 Ballyclare RFC Club Rugby

Clare Hares preparing to welcome hundreds to international festival

THE Annual Wooden Spoon International Tag Rugby Festival for young people with a learning disability will be held at Ballyclare Rugby Club on Saturday 8th June. The event will be the biggest ever and is due to be attended by over 900 players and coaches from England, Wales and the whole of Ireland. The event […]

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2018-19 England U20 International Rugby U20 Ireland U20 World Rugby U20 Championship

Ireland U20: Six try salvo stuns England.

Ireland recorded a 42 – 26 win against England on Tuesday evening in the opening round of the 2019 World Rugby U20 Championship.  Remarkably, it’s the first Pool win for Ireland since their 2016 campaign and it’s the first Pool defeat for England since 2015.  Ireland (14) 42 TRY: Jake Flannery, Stewart Moore, David McCann […]