2020-21 ERCC Ulster Rugby

The FRU guide to 2020-21 Champions Cup

The draw for 2020-21 group stage took place in Lausanne today with Ulster having home and away fixtures against Gloucester and last season’s quarter final opponents, Toulouse. While it’s still up in the air whether there will be supporters at the games, Ulster have two very good European away trips ahead of them. Completely outclassed […]

2020-21 Dragons Rugby PRO14 Ulster Rugby

PRO14: Teams up for Ulster v Dragons

Marcell Coetzee, John Cooney, Jordi Murphy and Sean Reidy all start in strong squad named to face the Dragons on Sunday afternoon. KO 15:00. With Herring away on Ireland duty, John Andrew fulfills the role at hooker and Sam Carter captains the side from second row. Ian Madigan partners Cooney at half back with Rob […]

2020-21 International Rugby Women Ireland Women Italy Women Six Nations

Ireland Women: Teams up for Ireland v Italy

The teams have been announced for the refixed Six Nations fourth round match between Ireland and Italy. The match will take place at Donnybrook on Saturday evening. Kick off 18:30. It will be broadcast on RTE 2 but no coverage in the north as yet. Context The game is a bit of a dead rubber, […]

2020-21 Club Rugby Men Community Series Malone RFC Rainey Old Boys RFC

Club Men: Rainey Old Boys 17 Malone 10 Community Series U1

On Saturday Rainey entertained Malone in a Community Series Ulster Conference 1 game at Hattricks Park, Magherafelt. For over 30 minutes defences dominated proceedings, before a Jules Storey try after 34 minutes, converted by Callum Smyth broke the deadlock. Rainey replied before the break with a penalty goal by Scott Mclean to leave Malone leading […]

2020-21 Club Rugby Men Community Series Dungannon RFC Omagh Academicals RFC

Club Men: Omagh Academicals 10 Dungannon 13 Community Series U2

Omagh Academicals entertained their “near neighbours” Dungannon in an Ulster Conference 2 match in the Community Series on Saturday afternoon. There was no score in the first quarter which Dungannon just about edged. However it looked as though Omagh had scored first at the start of the second qorner only for the effort out wide […]

2020-21 PRO14 Ulster Rugby

PRO14: Ospreys 12 Ulster 24

Ulster win their first away game of the season as they triumph three tries to nil over the Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium. Jacob Stockdale, Marcell Coetzee and John Cooney were on the scoresheet while Cooney contributed a further nine points from the boot. Iain Henderson set the tone of the game by declining a […]

2020-21 Ballynahinch RFC Club Rugby Men Community Series Queen's University Belfast RFC

Club Men: Ballynahinch 17 Queen’s University 20 Community Series U1.

It was a much changed Ballynahinch side that took the pitch for an Community Series Ulster Conference 1 game against Queens at Ballymacarn Park. Report and images by Bob Given. For the first 30 minutes the packs sounded each other out, before, in the 34th minute Queen’s attacked from deep and following quick ball from a […]

2020-21 Club Rugby Women Community Series Old Belvedere RFC Wicklow RFC

Club Women: Old Belvedere 48 Wicklow 3 Community Series LW.

Old Belvedere Women welcomed AIL newcomers Wicklow to the Ollie Campbell Park on Saturday evening for community Series match in the Leinster Conference. Wicklow produced a determined first half performance making the D4 Dutchess’ work hard for their scores. Belvo’s first try came at the end of the first quarter with D4 debutant Alannah O’Carroll […]

2020-21 Club Rugby Men Community Series Old Belvedere RFC Old Wesley RFC

Club Men: Old Wesley 30 Old Belvedere 18 Community Series L1

Old Wesley entertained near neighbours Old Belvedere on Saturday afternoon at Donnybrook with the home staging a second half revival to take the game. Wesley started strongly and they controlled much of the territory and possession in the first quarter. However, the scoreline read 0 – 5 in favour of Belvedere after a break out […]

2020-21 Ballymena RFC Bangor RFC Club Rugby Men Community Series

Club Men: Bangor 41 Ballymena 34 Community Series U2

Saturday 10th October 2020 saw Ballymena Rugby Football club travel to Upritchard Park, Bangor to take on Bangor Rugby Football Club in the Community Series. Bangor opened the scoring early with a try inside the first 5 minutes when A Smyth pushed he way over for a try close to the posts. It was easy […]

2020-21 PRO14 Ulster Rugby

PRO14: Teams up for Ospreys v Ulster

Marcus Rea will make his first start for Ulster while his brother, Matthew, is set to make his 50th Ulster appearance as Dan McFarland makes four changes for the trip to Swansea. Alan O’Connor replaces Sam Carter in the second row, Marcus Rea starts ahead of Sean Reidy and in the backline, Ian Madigan and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

2020-21 Club Rugby Women Community Series Cooke RFC Malone RFC

Club Women: Malone 0 Cooke 26 Community Series U1

Malone Women met Cooke Women on a rainy Sunday lunchtime in the first round of the Women’s Community Series games. From kick off Cooke took it to Malone with a series of forward drive and after 5 minutes were rewarded with a Hannah Harris try, converted Amanda Morton, to lead 7-0. Cooke were relentless and […]

2020-21 Ballincollig RFC Club Rugby Women Community Series Kerry RFC

Club Women: Kerry 24 Ballincollig 5 Community Series M1

I made the 11 hour round trip to Abbeyfeale RFC to cover this historic clash between , newly formed, Kerry RFC and, AIL newcomers, Ballincollig RFC in their first round Community Series match in the Munster Conference. Unfortunately, it was a cold, dank and breezy day in Co Limerick and the match didn’t quite meet […]

2020-21 Club Rugby Women Co Cavan RFC Dungannon RFC Friendly

Club Women: Dungannon 5 Co Cavan 21 Friendly

Dungannon Women entertained Cavan Women in an early season friendly on Saturday evening at Stevenson Park. The game gave Cavan a useful hit out ahead of their debut in the Women’s Community Series this coming weekend. There was no score in a scrappy first half with the play centered largely in a congested midfield around […]

2020-21 Ballyclare RFC Club Rugby Men Larne RFC U18 Club Rugby

Club Men: Ballyclare 0 Larne 26 U18 Friendly

Larne came out on top against Ballyclare in an U18 hit out at The Cloughan on Saturday morning. It as a well contested game from both sides but Larne were just that bit sharper in attack and were able to take their chances. Cain Ferguson gets the opening score against Ballyclare Cain Ferguson opened the […]

2020-21 Club Rugby Men Grosvenor RFC Instonians RFC Ulster Championship D1

Club Men: Instonians 6 Grosvenor 37 URC D1

Grosvenor visited Shaw’s Bridge to play near neighbours Grosvenor in a Kukri Rugby Championship Division One game on Saturday afternoon. Instonians took the lead with a Matthew Keane penalty goal but Grosvenor responded with an Andrew Kelly try to lead 5-3. Two Adam Skelton penalty goals extended the lead, to leave the half time score […]

2020-21 Club Rugby Men Donaghadee RFC Lisburn RFC Ulster Championship D2

Club Men: Lisburn 11 Donaghadee 13 URC D2

Lisburn and Donaghadee had a bit of a scrappy match in the Ulster Rugby Championship D2 on Saturday afternoon at Eglantine Road. Tempers boiling over has been a feature of quite a few matches, post lockdown, but this one was too scrappy with the constant niggling spoiling what could have been an entertaining game. It’s […]

2020-21 Ballynahinch RFC City of Armagh RFC Club Rugby Men Community Series

Club Men: Ballynahinch 21 Armagh 22 Community Series

Ballynahinch entertained Armagh in a Round 2 game in the Ulster Section of the Community Series at very gloomy and damp Ballymacarn. Both packs sounded each other out in the opening minutes before Armagh opened the scoring with a Cormac Fox penalty goal on 12 minutes. Greg Hutley equalised for Ballynahinch minutes later. Ballynahinch made […]

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, […]

2020-21 PRO14 Ulster Rugby

PRO14: Ulster 35 Benetton 24

Ulster open their PRO14 campaign with an entertaining bonus point win at home to Benetton Rugby on Friday night. James Hume, Stewart Moore, Michael Lowry, Marcell Coetzee and Adam McBurney were on the scoresheet with John Cooney adding four conversions and Bill Johnston slotting a fifth. The home side came bursting out of the blocks […]

2020-21 Ulster Championship D1 Ulster Championship D2

Club Men: Ulster Rugby Championship Preview Week 2

The Ulster Rugby Championship looks to complete it’s second round this weekend. You can follow our coverage of the championship on our competition pages. Ulster Rugby Championship D1 Ulster Rugby Championship D2 We’ll get our Championship D3 page up and running in the next couple of weeks. Ulster Rugby Championship D1 The D1 fixtures for […]