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2019-20 International Rugby Women Ireland Women Six Nations

Ireland Women: 2020 Six Nations Wrap

The Women’s 2020 Six Nations was severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The campaign was paused on the 20th March 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak. An attempt was made to complete the competition on 24th October and 1st November 2020 but an coronavirus outbreak in the French camp led to the competition being cancelled…

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2019-20 International Rugby Women Ireland Women Italy Women Six Nations

Six Nations: Ireland 21 Italy 7

Despite a slow start Ireland managed to see off the challenge of Italy in Round 4 of the Women’s Six Nations at Energia Park, Donnybrook, winning 21-7. On Saturday evening the Irish women resumed their Six Nations campaign eight months after their last fixture against an impressive English side who ultimately ended their grand slam…

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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,…

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2020-21 Club Rugby Women Community Series Ulster

Club Women: Community Series Week 2 Preview.

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 Women Community Series Ulster

Club Women: Leinster Conference Update.

The women’s Community Series doesn’t kick off until next weekend. We’ll be striving to cover all the conferences in the women’s series so we’ll be looking at each of the provinces individually. The Leinster conference get’s top billing as it features five teams from the women’s All Ireland League; Blackrock, Old Belvedere, Railway Union, Suttonians…

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2019-20 Ulster Women

My Favourite Women’s Interprovincial Series.

There only is one contender for this and that is, of course, the Ulster U18 Interprovincial Grand Slam in 2016.  It was nearly a tournament that passed me by, there was little advance publicity, and if the management team hadn’t contacted me directly I probably wouldn’t have covered this series at all.  As it was,…

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2019-20 Ireland Women Sevens

World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series Hamilton

The HSBC World Rugby Women’s Seven Series is back in the spotlight this weekend with the New Zealand leg taking place in Hamilton. With the Australian Leg in Sydney the following weekend, Ireland have sent a squad of 14 to compete in the southern hemisphere with a final 12 to be selected for each competition…

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2018-19 Ireland Women Sevens

Ireland Women: Hogan and Boles make Sevens Squad for Langford.

Ulster’s Brittany Hogan and Claire Boles have both made the Ireland Sevens Squad for the penultimate round of  the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series which takes place in Langford, Canada this weekend. (11- 12th May 2019). Twenty year old Hogan, who captained Team FRU Sevens last season, has made 16 appearances (12 this season) for…

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2018-19 All Ireland League Women Club Rugby Women Malone RFC Suttonians RFC

Club Women: Malone miss out on promotion to AIL

Malone RFC Women’s team missed out on promotion to the AIL after a narrow defeat to Suttonians RFC Women on Saturday afternoon at Donnybrook. Due to a series of unfortunate events we didn’t get down to Donnybrook but we were kept up to date by Team FRU member Brittany Hogan who had a day off…

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2018-19 International Rugby Women Ireland Women Six Nations Wales Women

Ireland Women: Three Ulster Players Selected for Six Nations Warm Up.

Ireland Women’s head coach Adam Griggs is giving another raft of players a chance to put their hands up for selection for the Six Nations, naming a 29 player squad for the uncapped game against Wales Women at Donnybrook on Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately not a single player from an Ulster side has been selected but…

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2018-19 Ireland Women Sevens

Ireland Women: Sevens team announced for Dubai

The Ireland Women’s Sevens team has been announced for the second leg of the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series in Dubai which takes part on Thursday and Friday of this week. Of course, the big news is that Team FRU’s Brittany Hogan has been selected in the squad and will become the first player from our…

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2018-19 Ireland Women Sevens

Team FRU Brittany and Ireland 7s

Team FRU member Brittany Hogan reports on her travels with Ireland Women 7s team to Kazan, Russia and Hokkaido, Japan. “The Ireland Women’s 7s team flew to Kazan for the 2nd leg of the Rugby Europe Grand Prix Series on the 1st and 2nd of September 2018. We were there to compete against other countries to…

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2018-19 Club Rugby Women Team FRU

TeamFRU out in force this weekend.

With the interprovincial series getting underway this weekend and with Ireland Women 7s competing in The European Sevens Grand Prix in Kazan, Russia we are delighted that host of TeamFRU players will be taking part in both competitions.  TeamFRU captain Brittany Hogan will be representing Ireland in the European Sevens Grand Prix where she will…

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2018-19 Club Rugby Women Midland Midnight Sevens Team FRU

Club: Team FRU debut at the Midland Midnight Sevens

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2017-18 Club Rugby Women Cooke RFC Malone RFC Ulster Senior Cup

Women: Cooke retain the Rosie Stewart Memorial Bowl

Cooke retained the Rosie Stewart Memorial Bowl for the fourth successive season after a convincing 56 – 0 win against, Ulster Women’s Junior Cup holders, Malone at Carrickfergus RFC on Saturday afternoon. “The Rosie” is presented to the Ulster Women’s Senior Cup winners and Cooke proved just to experienced for a Malone side who were…

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2017-18 All Ireland League Women Club Rugby Women

Women’s All Ireland League Week 14 Preview.

It’s the final week of the Women’s All Ireland League regular season with all teams playing Sunday at 13:00. Well I say all teams, but Highfield have already conceded to Blackrock so there will only be three fixtures completed, which is a bit of a disappointment. The remaining fixtures are as follows. Old Belvedere v…

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2017-18 Club Rugby Women Ireland Barbarians Nova Scotia Keltics Railway Union RFC

Women: Ireland Barbarians entertain Nova Scotia Keltics

After a season of continual frustration trying to get women’s youth fixtures organised it was an absolute pleasure to be involved with this fixture against the Nova Scotia Keltics touring side. The tourist were let down for a fixture in their extensive tour of Ireland but I’m pleased to say that the spirit of rugby…

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2017-18 All Ireland League Women Club Rugby Women

Women’s All Ireland League Week 12 Preview

The Women’s All Ireland League returns for one week only in February but it looks like being an interesting week with the top four playing each other which also means that the bottom four will also be going head to head. The top four teams will also face each other in the same fixtures next…

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2017-18 All Ireland League Women Club Rugby Women Cooke RFC Highfield RFC

WAIL: Cooke 34 Highfield 5

Cooke Women consolidated their top four placing in the Women’s All Ireland League with a convincing 34 – 5 win against Highfield Women at Shaws Bridge on Sunday afternoon. The home side’s tries came from Ilse van Staden (2), Emma Jordan, Vicky Irwin and Dolores Hughes with Jemma Jackson adding three first half penalties. Highfield…

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2017-18 All Ireland League Women Club Rugby Women

Women’s AIL Week 9 Wrap

It was an interesting week in the Women’s All Ireland League with a couple of shock results leading to some dramatic changes in the table. The first match of the weekend pitched first placed and undefeated UL Bohemian up against Old Belvedere at Anglesea Road on Saturday evening. We’ve had a bit of fun this…

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2017-18 All Ireland League Women Club Rugby Women

Women’s AIL: Week 8 Preview

As we pass the halfway mark of the Women’s All Ireland League campaign, it’s probably worthwhile to have another look at the League standings after the last round. To me the league has split into three distinct groups. Champions elect.  With a game in hand and six points clear of of the chasing pack, it…

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2017-18 All Ireland League Women Club Rugby Women Cooke RFC Railway Union RFC

WAIL: Railway Union 33 Cooke 5

Cooke Women suffered their second league defeat of the season as they ended up on the wrong side of a 33 – 5 scoreline against high flying Railway Union. As I’ve said before, I’ve been asked a few times if Cooke are the “real deal” this season and, on the evidence of this game, yes…

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2017-18 All Ireland League Women Club Rugby Women

Women’s AIL: Week 7 Preview.

The week I have been waiting for since the start of the season is finally here as my favourite team, Cooke Women RFC, play my adopted team Railway Union in the first back to back match as the teams reach the midpoint of the league campaign. The fixture has added interest from the Ulster perspective…

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2017-18 All Ireland League Women Club Rugby Women Cooke RFC Galwegians RFC

WAIL: Cooke 40 Galwegians 24

[pullquote]Vicky Irwin reports from Shawsbridge[/pullquote] Cooke Women strengthened their grip on third place in the Women’s AIL with a convincing 40 – 24 win against Galwegians Women on Sunday afternoon at Shawsbridge. Cooke started off well, with strong defence and a threatening attack and they got points on the board early in the match with…