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KnockOn.ie is Closing Down


This will be the final post on KnockOn.ie. 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 […]

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 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 […]

All Ireland Junior Cup Draw

All Ireland Junior Cup final action between Dundalk and Bagor. Pic: Roger Corbett, Bangor RFC website photograpaher.

Ulster Bank All Ireland Junior Cup Draw The Draw for the Ulster Bank All Ireland Junior Cup has been made with the opening round games taking place on Saturday October 24 2:30. The October bank holiday weekend action promises to be fascinating with plenty of novel pairings and one or two heavyweights clashing for good […]

UBL 1a (Tier 1) Season Preview


Ulster Bank League Division 1a (Tier 1) Not much change in the top flight. The top four play offs have been a huge success and they will form the conclusion to the season. Last year, both Terenure College and Young Munster came close to upsetting the odds and reaching a final, eventual champions Lansdowne and […]

UBL 1b (Tier 2) Season Preview


Ulster Bank League Division 1b (The Second Tier) A busy and much improved division this season. Last year, Division 1b proved to be a strange and disjointed ten team league with plenty of odd swings in form over the course of the campaign. Galwegians fought bravely to gain promotion, Garryowen followed them up via a […]

UBL 2a (Tier 3) Season Preview

Skerries Nenagh

Ulster Bank League Division 2a (The Third Tier) As leagues go, this could well turn out to be the most compelling. There are ten genuinely ambitious clubs in this league. Almost all have made some major strides in recent years to get to the top 30 and the likes of Corinthians, and Malone have gone […]

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