The semi finals of the Guinness PRO14 are imminent in the second half of May and the final of the Heineken Cup takes place on Saturday May 11th in Newcastle’s - St. James Park between Leinster and Saracens.

It is so tight that the betting is evens for both teams in this historic Ireland V. England classic.

Leinster are the holders and four times champions and Saracen...

Ballyclare Rugby Club’s Clare Hares preparing to welcome hundreds of players to international festival

THE Annual Wooden Spoon International TagRugby Festival for young people with a learning disability will be held at Ballyclare Rugby Club on Saturday 8th June.

The event will be the biggest ever and is due to be attended by over 900 players and coaches...

Jason Leonard has been appointed Chairman of the British & Irish Lions Board

Former Lion, England international and Past RFU President Leonard will replace Tom Grace as Chairman of the British & Irish Lions Board as of 16 April 2019.

Lion No 644 Jason Leonard is a three times Lions tourist (1993, 1997 and 2001) and will bring both a player and an administrator&r...

One eye on the RWC - 28/03/2019

By Frank Quinn

We have had our ups and downs without real success in the RWC since 1987.

“Our 6n form historically had nothing to do with it” in the eight editions since then. It was hugely disappointing to be well beaten by England and Wales and to end up third in the 2019 6N competition based on very poor performances.

We are not used to ...

NUI Galway has announced the winners of the 2019 Alumni Awards to be presented at the 20th annual Alumni Awards Gala Banquet on Saturday, 13 April, 2019.

This year the Alumni Award for Contribution to Sport, sponsored by Bank of Ireland, will be presented to Dr Mike Molloy, former Irish Rugby Union player and sports medicine pioneer.

Originally from Cornamona, Co. Galway, D...

Ireland must do better - 05/02/2019

It’s not a bad start when we are down 7-3 after ten minutes and then lead 10-7 after Healy try on 24 minutes.

Then we slip a little to be 17-10 in arrears at half time.

After the break we improve to 17-13 with a Sexton penalty on 54 minutes and there it stopped dead - our last score in the middle of the third quarter until the eightieth minute Cooney try.


The iconic global brand GUINNESS is to become the new title sponsor of the Six Nations, with the Championship to be known as the GUINNESS SIX NATIONS from 2019.

The Six Nations is one of the world’s best attended sports events and regularly attracts record TV and online audiences in the UK, France, Ireland, Italy and all ove...

New Zealand's record 10th appearance in the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens Cup final saw them end their title drought at the 7he Sevens Stadium, the 21-5 victory over USA giving the All Blacks Sevens their first title here since 2009.

They had gone into the final with only nine fit players with captain Scott Curry among the in...

The IRFU have announced that head coach Joe Schmidt will finish coaching following the Rugby World Cup in Japan next year.

Joe Schmidt was appointed Ireland head coach ahead of the 2013 Guinness Series and has overseen the most successful period in the national team’s history winning three 6 Nations titles (2014, 2015) including a Grand Slam (2018), a first win on South African...

Ireland and Leinster out-half, Johnny Sexton, has been named the Guinness Rugby Writers of Ireland Player of the Year at the annual Guinness Rugby Writers of Ireland Awards hosted at Aviva Stadium.


Sexton played a vital role in what has been a truly hi...

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