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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 […]

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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 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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 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 […]

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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 […]

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2020-21 Community Series

Club Men. Community Series Week 2

The Men’s Community Series continues this weekend and we continue our look at the Ulster Conferences. You can follow all our Men’s Community Series coverage on our Competition Page. Click here for fixtures results and latest coverage. Ulster Conference 1 Ballynahinch 14:30 City of Armagh Ballymacarn Park Banbridge C – C Rainey Old Boys Rifle […]

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2020-21 PRO14 Ulster Rugby

PRO14: Teams up for Ulster v Benetton

In the absence of Stuart McCloskey, Luke Marshall and Will Addison, Stewart Moore will make his first start for the senior side in the opening match of the new season against Benetton tonight. Michael Lowry will make his first start at out half for Ulster while there will be debuts for Gareth Milasinovich and the […]

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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 ERCC PRO14 Ulster Rugby

Ulster Rugby: Who Did What 2019-20

It’s been over a year since Ulster began their 2019-2020 season and a 36-8 defeat to Toulouse in the Heineken Champions Cup quarter final ended the campaign, leaving Dan McFarland just two weeks to get the boys prepared for season 2020-21. A PRO14 final and a quarter final appearance in Europe marked a headline improvement […]

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2020-21 Banbridge RFC Club Rugby Men Friendly Instonians RFC

Club Men: Instonians U14 entertain Banbridge U14 for a squad hitout.

On Wednesday night the enlarged squads of Instonians U14s and Banbridge U14s met under lights at Shaw’s Bridge. Four 15 minute games were played, A’s played A’s in the first quarter, Bs played Bs in the second and in the final quarters the teams were mixed up. A lot of tries were scored on a […]

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2020-21 Ards RFC Club Rugby Men Randalstown RFC Ulster Championship D2

Club Men: Randalstown 31 Ards 15 URC D2

Randalstown opened up their league challenge with a bonus point win against Ards at Neillsbrook Park on Saturday afternoon. However, the visitors will be wondering how they didn’t get more out of the game. It was an ideal afternoon for an open game and both sides obliged. Randalstown set the tome with an early score […]

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2020-21 CIYMS RFC Dromore RFC Ulster Championship D1

Club Men: CIYMS 22 Dromore 30 URC D1

Report and pictures by Richard Owens New season, new coaching team and some new faces amongst the ranks, CI would be hoping to show Dromore who put 40 points on them during their last visit at Belmont that they will be a side to be reckoned with this year. That’s exactly what happened, a fast, […]

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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 Carrickfergus RFC Club Rugby Men Instonians RFC U18 Club Rugby

Club Men: Instonians 5 Carrickfergus 24 U18 League East

Instonians entertained Carrick at Shaws Bridge on Saturday morning in the opening round of the U18 League East. The home side kicked off in sunny conditions and the kept Carrick pinned in their own territory for most of the first half hour. However the Carrick defence was resolute and a break on the 30 minute […]

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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 […]