All Ireland League Articles is Closing Down


This will be the final post on I’ve loved every second of the eight years working on this site. It began as a blog about Connacht club rugby, then, slowly, over time as a site catering for all four provinces. The idea was to create something a little different. A news hub for the […]

Sharp Decline in IRFU Funding of Amateur Rugby

Westport Monivea Cup Final

In our final feature on the decline of community rugby in Ireland, Rob Murphy and Alan Deegan have dissected the IRFU’s official financial reports to illustrate a stark reality for those involved in grassroots rugby.  – LET”S take stock. Ireland are Six Nations Champions on the double, serious World Cup contenders and matching England and […]

Women’s AIL Previews

Galwegians St Mary's

Women’s All Ireland League Blackrock v Old Belvedere (Sunday 1pm) The clash of last year’s finalists, where Belvo’ prevailed in a 26-5 scoreline that didn’t do Rock justice.  Rock accounted for newcomers Queens in a massive 13 try away win last week, whilst Belvo signalled their intentions in a bonus point defeat of Highfield in […]

Drop in Playing Numbers

DLSP Dundalk

In the Village magazine this month, former Leinster player Jim O’Callaghan’s outlined a key issue facing those involved in developing rugby around Ireland. The article Rugby Surrendered its Social Benefit, discusses the rapid decline of rugby at amateur level pointing to the American football model as the possible direction we are heading. This week,’s […]

Team News: Womens AIL

Railway UNion Highfield Women

Womens AIL Team News. The Womens All Ireland League kicks off today at 1pm. We have team news in from four of the eight clubs involved. We have a full preview of the season and all the round one games elsewhere but for now here’s the selected starting line ups of some of the sides […]

UBL Results Round Up

ULSTER BANK LEAGUE RESULTS: Saturday, September 19 DIVISION 1A: BALLYNAHINCH 13 UCD 47, Ballymacarn Park Scorers: Ballynahinch: Try: James McBriar; Con: James McBriar; Pens: Richard Reaney, David McIlwaine UCD: Tries: Peadar Timmins 2, Jamie Glynn, Barry Daly 2, Adam Byrne, Nick McCarthy; Cons: Conall Doherty, Billy Dardis 2; Pens: Bobby Holland, Conall Doherty HT: Ballynahinch […]

Women’s AIL – Week 1

Old Belvedere Women

Women’s All Ireland League (Week 1) This Sunday sees the commencement in what looks like the most competitive Women’s All Ireland League ever, with almost all teams having ambitions of a top four finish. will be bringing you full coverage of the league, with previews every Friday and reviews on Monday.   There […]

UBL 2a (Tier 3) Weekend Guide

Skerries Naas

Ulster Bank League Division 2a (Tier 3) What happened in round one? Queen’s University are top of the pile after a rip-roaring performance in Galway on Saturday afternoon. The bonus point 30-18 victory was fully deserved and underlines a feeling that the club will be a major contender for promotion into the top 20 clubs […]

UBL 2b (Tier 4) Weekend Guide


Ulster Bank League Division 2b (Tier 4) What happened in round one? Definitely the most finely balanced of the five Divisions. Four of the losing teams last weekend picked up a losing bonus point and there were two one point games in the league. Armagh won a local tussle with Dungannon in what was a […]

UBL 2c (Tier 5) Weekend Guide

Kanturk v Wanderers-2816

Ulster Bank League Division 2c (Tier 5) What Happened in Round one? A hatful of tries across a number of games. We had a thriller in Louth as Boyne edged Midleton so those who followed the live audio from the home club must have been glued to their computers/phones/tablets in the closing minutes. If that […]

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