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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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2019-20 Club Rugby Women International Rugby Women Ireland Women Ulster Women

World Rugby launches Women Coaching Rugby Toolkit

World Rugby launches Women Coaching Rugby Toolkit to recruit and retain more female rugby coaches at every level of the game The World Rugby toolkit aims to assist unions in increasing the number of female rugby coaches globally The Toolkit is designed to create a robust framework and pathway to address barriers facing women in…

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2019-20 All Ireland League Women Club Rugby Women Cooke RFC Malone RFC

Club Women: Cooke edge Ulster’s AIL clash

Cooke Women edged the first meeting, at this level, in four seasons between two Ulster women’s club sides, with a 12 – 7  win against newly promoted Malone Women in their Energia AIL fixture at Shawsbridge. This will hopefully become a classic rivalry in years to come, but the first meeting at this level was…

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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 City of Derry RFC Club Rugby Women Malone RFC Ulster Junior Cup

Club Women: Malone lift the Junior Cup

Malone RFC Women completed a League and Cup double on Saturday afternoon by lifting the Ulster Junior Cup, at Ravenhill Stadium, after a hard fought match against City of Derry RFC Women. It took awhile for the game to warm up.  City of Derry just about edged a nervy first quarter and they took a…

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2018-19 City of Derry RFC Club Rugby Women Malone RFC Ulster Junior Cup

Club Women: Junior Cup Final Preview

City of Derry Women play Malone Women in the Junior Cup Final at Ravenhill on Saturday afternoon, kick off 12:30. Having defeated all before them in the league this season, Malone Women go into the final as hot favourites, but a resurgent of City of Derry are able to call on some experienced players, including…

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2018-19 Club Rugby Women Co Cavan RFC Malone RFC Ulster Premiership

Club Women: Malone 39 Cavan 20 (UWC D1)

Co Cavan RFC Women travelled to Gibson Park on a bitterly cold Sunday afternoon to play Malone RFC Women in the Ulster Women’s Championship Division 1. Cavan arrived determine to get something out of the league leaders and they set about their task in a determined fashion, patiently working their way up the field. However…

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2018-19 All Ireland Cup Club Rugby Women Malone RFC Tralee RFC

Club Women: Malone 5 Tralee 24 (All Ireland Shield)

An impressive Tralee side came out on top against Malone in an entertaining Women’s All Ireland Shield Quarter Final match on Saturday evening at Gibson Park. Malone started the game strongly but, after rebuffing the home sides initial attacks Tralee broke quickly up field for Christine Arthur to open the scoring close to the posts.…

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2018-19 All Ireland Cup Club Rugby Women

Club Women: All Ireland Cup Preview

The Women’s All Ireland Cup kicks off this weekend with three Ulster clubs involved in the opening round which takes place on Sunday 13th January. The leading AIL sides, UL Bohemian, Railway Union and Old Belvedere have been awarded a first round bye, the remaining fixtures are as follows. 13:00 Shannon v Blackrock College Coonagh…

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2017-18 All Ireland League Women Club Rugby Women

Women’s AIL Week 1 Preview.

The women’s Senior Club Competition kicks off this weekend as the Women’s All Ireland League gets under way. We, as always, will be following the progress of, Ulster’s only representatives, Cooke Women RFC, throughout the season and I’d guess we’ll have a trip or two to Railway Union to see how our Ulster girls, Nikki…

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2017-18 England Women Friendly International Rugby Women Ireland Women

Women: Ireland Legends challenge England Legends.

Forget about Ireland’s woes in the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup and get yourself along to a truly unique match as Ireland Women Legends take on England Women Legends for the first time ever at Malone Rugby Club on Friday 25th. Kick of 19:30 or very close to it. 🙂 The match finishes off a…

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2017-18 International Rugby Women Ireland Women Rugby World Cup

WRWC2017 Claire McLaughlin Interview

I caught up with Claire McLaughlin for our second interview in our series mapping the journey from club to country and, hopefully, into a World Cup. Our paths first crossed in 2010 but it wasn’t until late 2011 when Claire got her first Ulster cap that I started to take notice of the young centre…

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2017-18 International Rugby Women Ireland Women Rugby World Cup

WRWC 2017: Ilse Van Staden Interview

The 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup kicks off in Dublin on Wednesday 9th August before moving north to Belfast for the knock out matches starting on 22nd August. Between now and then we will be bringing you interviews with the Ulster players involved in the World Cup Training squad. We start off our coverage with…

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2016-17 All Ireland League Women Club Rugby Women Cooke RFC Railway Union RFC

Cooke derailed by Railway Union!

Cooke Women bowed out of the All Ireland Cup thanks to a 7- 27 loss to Railway Union at Shawsbridge on Sunday afternoon.  A much changed Cooke found themselves down by ten points in as many minutes with their back line in disarray. Railways third and fourth tries came by the half hour mark causing Cooke coach…

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2016-17 All Ireland League Women Blackrock College RFC Club Rugby Women Cooke RFC

Women: AIL Week 3 – Cooke v Blackrock.

Sunday was something of a setback for our featured side Cooke Women RFC, who suffered their second defeat in the All Ireland League, losing 12 – 27 to Blackrock at Shaw’s Bridge.  The win enabled Blackrock to leapfrog Cooke in the league, the Belfast side doubly disappointed in that they failed to pick up a…

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2016-17 All Ireland League Women Club Rugby Women

Women: All Ireland League Week 3 Preview.

I don’t know if this week can possibly live up to the excitement of last weeks epic encounter between Galwegians and Cooke, with the home side winning 44 – 43 in a fourteen try thriller, but with Cooke entertaining Blackrock at Shaws Bridge we should be guaranteed another close one as the Belfast girls continue…

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2016-17 All Ireland League Women Club Rugby Women Cooke RFC Railway Union RFC

Women: AIL Week 1 – Cooke v Railway Union

The first week of the Women’s All Ireland League featured home wins for Cooke, Old Belvedere and UL Bohemians with Galwegians the only team to record an away win, beating St Mary’s at Templeville Road.  Cooke 14 Railway Union 7.  Our featured match was the closest game of the afternoons offering with Cooke coming out…

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2016-17 Club Rugby Women

Women: All Ireland League Week 1 Preview

This Sunday, 11th September, sees the start of the Women’s All Ireland League and with the World Rugby 2017 Women’s World Cup being held in Dublin and Belfast next August it’s going to be a massive season for the players who will be vying for a place in the Ireland side.  As part of our continued commitment to…

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2015-16 All Ireland Cup Club Rugby Women Cooke RFC Galwegians RFC

Women: Cooke 7 Galwegians 10 (AIL Cup)

Cooke Women 7 (0)TRY: Lesley Megarity. CON: Grace Davitt.Galwegians Women 10 (10)TRY: Emma Clery. CON: Nicole Fowley. PEN: Nicole Fowley. Galwegians claimed the All Ireland Cup with a 10 – 7 win against Cooke at Anglesea Road on Saturday afternoon. The Connacht outfit’s scores came from a try by Emma Clery, converted by Nicole Fowley, and an…

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2015-16 All Ireland Cup Club Rugby Women Cooke RFC Galwegians RFC

Women: Cooke v Galwegians AIL Cup Final

It’s Ulster v Connacht take two of the weekend as Cooke take on Glawegians in the All Ireland Cup Final on Saturday afternoon at Old Belvedere RFC, Anglesea Road, Dublin. Kick off 2:30 pm. Both teams showed impressive form in the semi-finals with Galwegians beating Blackrock 7 – 0 at home only to be upstaged…

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2015-16 All Ireland League Women Club Rugby Women Cooke RFC Galwegians RFC Reworked Posts

Women: Cooke 7 Galwegians 24

Having missed a few games due to clashes with the World Cup, I looked forward to catching up with the Women’s AIL as Cooke entertained Galwegians at Shaws Bridge on Sunday afternoon. It was another beautiful autumnal afternoon but unfortunately the game didn’t quite live up to the setting in a fairly scrappy first half punctuated…

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2015-16 All Ireland League Women Club Rugby Women Cooke RFC Queen's University Belfast RFC Reworked Posts

Women: Cooke overcome spirited Queen’s.

Cooke claimed the honour of “Best in Belfast” after a convincing 12 – 40 win against local rivals, Queen’s University, in round three off the All Ireland League. Despite the defeat QUB did have enough moments in the match to show that they have the potential to be more competitive in the senior league than…

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2015-16 Club Rugby Women

Women: Cooke join the party in AIL Week 2.

The Women’s AIL continues this Sunday with both Ulster based sides taking part in Round 2. Cooke sat out the opening round last weekend and they get their campaign under-way at Shaws Bridge against UL Bohemian on Sunday. Kick off 12:00pm. It’s the beginning of a new era for Cooke, with  Grace Davitt “officially” at the…

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2015-16 Club Rugby Women

Women: Davitt moves to coaching role.

Cooke Women RFC have appointed, ex-Irish International, Grace Davitt to be their Head Coach for the coming season. The Front Row Union recently announced Davitt’s retirement from provincial rugby but unfortunately, after recurrent knee problems, this exceptional player has been forced to hang up her boots. However, she will continue in an influential role at Cooke RFC who have…