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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 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 IRFU Volkswagen Tag Ulster

IRFU Volkswagen Tag: Week 5 Wrap

It ended up a wet and windy evening at Deramore Park as the 5th round of the IRFU Volkswagen Mixed Tag completed it’s penultimate round. However, the conditions only served to add to the excitement as the competition approaches it conclusion. Premiership Results Sheep Taggers 12 Friesian Taggers 25 Hash Tags 15 Tag My Pitch…

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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 All Ireland League Women Club Rugby Women Malone RFC Old Belvedere RFC

Energia AIL Women. Malone 17 Old Belvedere 21

Old Belvedere women went one step further than their men with a 17 – 21 win against Malone women at Gibson Park on a cold and dank Saturday evening.  Malone started the game strongly with Shirelle Wilson leading the way as they kept Old Belvedere pinned in their own half for the bulk of the…

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

Energia Women’s AIL. Malone 31 Galwegians 17

One of the great advantages of what we do is that at the end of a long day and you are soaked, wind blown and freezing, is that you get to record a match like this and your own little piece of history. When Malone women go on to win the AIL in the next…

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2018-19 Club Rugby Women Cooke RFC Ulster Senior Cup Ulster Women

Club Women: Cooke retain the Rosie Stewart Bowl.

Cooke RFC Women successfully defended the Rosie Stewart Bowl on Sunday afternoon against an Ulster Women’s Select side.  It was a somewhat scrappy but fairly intense game, typical of the trials game that it actually was.  The select side took a deserved 0 – 8 lead into the break after a try by Malone’s Gemma…

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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 All Ireland League Women Club Rugby Women Malone RFC Westport RFC

Club Women: Malone through to AIL Playoff Final.

Malone Women progressed to the AIL Playoff Final after a convincing win against Westport Women in Co. Mayo yesterday afternoon. The game was played with a strong wind blowing down the pitch and Malone kicked off with the wind at their back. However the wind was too strong and uncontrollable to give any side a…

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2018-19 Club Rugby Women Malone RFC Omagh Academicals RFC Ulster Premiership

Club Women: Malone 53 Omagh 0

Malone entertained Omagh on a wet Friday night at Gibson Park for an Ulster Women’s Conference Division 1 match. The home side continued their dominance of the league with a 53 – 0 win. Given the terrible conditions throughout the day it was a credit to both teams that the match was played and a…

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2018-19 All Ireland League Women Club Rugby Women Cooke RFC UL Bohemian RFC

Club Women: Cooke 27 UL Bohemian 22

Cooke came out on top against UL Bohemian in a highly entertaining match at Shaws Bridge on Sunday afternoon in the Women’s All Ireland League. With UL Boh’s missing six players to the international training camp this was a game that Cooke had to win if they were to establish their credentials in the top…

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2018-19 Ballynahinch RFC Club Rugby Women Malone RFC Ulster Premiership

Club Women: Malone 46 Ballynahinch 0

Malone Women entertained Ballynahinch Women in the Ulster Rugby Women’s Championship Division 1 at Gibson Park on Sunday afternoon. The home team ran out 46 – 0 winners against an experiential Hinch side who took the opportunity to look at a few player options. Malone’s points came from tries by Holly Brannigan (2), Eimear Hagan,…

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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 Ballynahinch RFC Club Rugby Women Malone RFC Ulster Junior Cup

Junior Cup: Malone 31 Ballynahinch 3

Malone Women created history at Ravenhill this afternoon with the Gibson Park outfit picking up the Women’s Junior Cup following a 31 – 3 win against Ballynahinch in the first ever Women’s final to be played at the home of Ulster Rugby. Malone raced to an early 14 – 0 lead with tries from Brogain Ni…

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2017-18 All Ireland Cup Club Rugby Women

Women’s All Ireland Cup Review

We are looking to make Tuesday our Women’s Rugby Day on The Front Row Union so, for the remainder of this season we’ll be publishing the bulk of our women’s content on Tuesday mornings, plus we’ll look at bringing in regular features on the Women’s game. Unfortunately, we had planned to have two AIL Cup…

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2017-18 City of Derry RFC Club Rugby Women Malone RFC Ulster Premiership

UWL: City of Derry 0 Malone 48

Malone Women continued their hugely impressive run in the Ulster Women’s League with a convincing 0 – 48 win at City of Derry on Sunday afternoon. The Front Row Union Academy player Neve Jones opened the scoring, grabbing an early brace for the visitors before Ali Boal and Zarah Ryan also crossed. Ella Durkan converted…

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2017-18 Club Rugby Women Co Cavan RFC Malone RFC Ulster Premiership

UWL: Malone 60 Cavan 0

Malone Women pulled of one of the biggest shocks in Ulster women’s rugby with a sensational 60 – 0 win against Cavan Women in their Ulster Women’s League match on Sunday afternoon at Gibson Park. Malone’s Brógáin Ní Chiarráin stole the show with four tries as the Belfast side romped home. Malone’s other scores came…

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2017-18 Editorial

The Front Row Union Academy visit City of Derry Ladies

The Front Row Union Academy, featuring The Scrum Doctor, visited City of Derry Ladies on Thursday evening for our tenth intensive women’s rugby scrum session. Former Ireland Women’s Forwards Coach, Peter Bracken, led The Scrum Doctor session which utilised the fully responsive Live Scrum Machine by Silver Fern. Peter was assisted by The Front Row…

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2017-18 Ulster Women

Ulster Select XV welcome Midwest Thrunderbirds

An Ulster Select women’s side entertained American touring side, the Midwest Thunderbirds, on Saturday afternoon at Malone Rugby Club. The Thunderbirds have been touring as part of their 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup trip and have already had wins at the Donnybrook Tens Tournament and against Railway Union. The Ulster select side was a mix…