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Bleak Future for AIL

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  Underwhelming, uninspiring and elitist. The new plans for the All Ireland League have left us completely baffled as to how an organisation that gets so much right in terms of rugby administration can produce a document that – with the exception of the the top ten in clubs in Ireland – fails spectacularly to […]

UBL: 26 Games, 26 Predictions.

All Ireland League Division 1B Dublin University v Corinthians

Ulster Bank League Division 1a (Saturday 2:30) Ballynahinch v Old Belvedere, Ballymacarn Par The visitors toppled Cork Con with a bit to spare last week and should make it two from two here although Ballynahinch are an improved force. Away by 8. Cork Con v Lansdowne, Temple Hill The Cork side were out battled at […]

All Ireland Junior Cup Draw

Evan Lett on the charge during February's All Ireland Junior Cup final win over Clogher Valley. Pic: Voicu Duma

The draw for the first round of the Ulster Bank All Ireland Junior Cup is out and it should get Junior Rugby enthusiasts talking even at this early stage in the season. Reigning champions Enniscorthy will begin the defence of their title against the side they beat in last year’s semi final, Portadown. Last year’s […]

UBL Restructuring in Detail


The new Ulster Bank All Ireland League structures have finally being released by the IRFU with plans unveiled to change the league structure into five divisions of ten next season. We’ll have some opinion on it all int he coming days but to start with, here’s a quick guide to what has changed and how […]

UBL 1B: Team by Team


Here’s our first team by team guide to how the ten teams fared in Division 1b of the Ulster Bank League. Each week we’ll have extended features on different sides, this week, it’s Galwegians as they were involved in KnockOn.ie’s feature game on twitter. 1. Galwegians, 5pts The only team with a bonus point win […]

Connemara Making Waves


Connemara made it two wins from two in the Connacht Junior League on Sunday with a 36-7 home win over Galwegians. KnockOn.ie regular Alan Deegan travelled out to watch his club take on the locals.  The journey out can cause a little consternation from time to time but watching a match at the picturesque Monastery […]

Leinster, the Big Kick Off


The Leinster Junior League kicks off in earnest this coming Saturday with plenty of uncertainty surrounding the title challenge, relegation and promotion to the AIL to keep the dressing room lights lit well after training as coaches and players make sense of it all. Here’s a quick guide to how things stand to start the […]

Connacht Previews

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Connacht Junior League Division 1a Sunday (2:30 unless stated): Ballinasloe v Westport Even at this very early stage of the season, this one has an important feel to it with both sides coming into the weekend without a win. Westport failed to garner even a point from their opening home tie with Connemara, Ballinasloe were […]

UBL 1a Season Preview

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Ulster Bank League Division 1a – Preview The new Ulster Bank League season kicks off this weekend with end of season play offs and a final set for the Aviva Stadium all on the agenda. Here’s our guide to what you need to know about the ten teams in Division 1a and a quick look […]

New AIL Structures: Pros & Cons


The Ulster Bank All Ireland League is in for some pretty radical changes in the 2015/16 season according to some reports. We await full confirmation on the exact details but in the meantime and to fill the void since Monday’s league launch we thought we’d give you: 1. Our thoughts on what is being proposed […]

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