Ulster Articles

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 […]

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, KnockOn.ie’s […]

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 […]

Information Underload

Crowd Clonmel Shannon

Less Really was More Ten years ago, the idea of being able to follow every detail of your local amateur team in your favourite sport seemed ridiculous. Five years ago, it seemed just around the corner. Today, it seems further away than ever. The vast majority of clubs in Ireland have Twitter, Facebook and web […]

Ulster Update


Kukri Qualifying League 1 Bangor and Instonians lead the way after two weekends of action in Qualifying league one. Both clubs have opened the season with a pair of bonus point wins. Bangor powered past CIYMS on Saturday while Instonians worked hard to beat newly promoted Omagh in Shaw’s Bridge. Elsewhere there were two much […]

Ulster Q1: Week 1 The Verdict


It might still be August but the Ulster league is up and running. Eight of the ten teams competing in Qualifying league one have kicked off their campaign and there are some interesting trends. We know, we know, it’s ridiculously early to be drawing any conclusions but that’s not going to stop us for at […]

Ulster League Kicks off

Caption: Action from last weekend's friendly between Ballymoney and Omagh which the Tyrone club won 39-23. Pic: Uel McDowell, Ballymoney RFC website.

The Kukri Ulster Qualifying League kicks off on Saturday August 29th with four games. There is a slight change to the format this season. The Conference league overlapping means that each weekend, two of the ten teams in Q1 will not be in Qualifying league action but instead will be facing Ballynahinch or Belfast Harlequins […]

Ulster Are Champions


A grand slam is a fine way to end a long wait for a Junior Inter-Provincial title and Ulster completed the job on Saturday with a highly impressive 20-7 victory over title holders Leinster at Ashbourne. From the very outset of the competition, Ulster have been a team on a mission under the guidances of […]

Junior Inter Pro Update


It is the final weekend of action in the Junior Inter-provincial and Ulster are on course for a long awaited title having come up just short in recent seasons. Jason Morgan’s men need just a single point from their trip to Ashbourne this weekend where they’ll face a Leinster side chasing a first win. Even […]

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