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The launch of the UBLs, the domestic club rugby awards sponsored by Ulster Bank.

It’s not all about steroids cash and scantily-clad models hipster bistros you know?

They play for love.

From top: Ian Burke, Lansdowne RFC, Jurgen Steinbech, Old Wesley RFC and Mick McGrath, Clontarf RFC (app feature image)


U.B.L. Awards


For the day that’s in it.

RTÉ’s promo ahead of Ireand versus Australia, the final game of the popular and often overpriced black stout series at Lansdowne Road Nua.

The rarest of creatures.

Tom McGurk’s inner monologue is unleashed:

Michael Cheika meets Joe Schmidt. It’s rugby’s rumble in the jungle, it’s fire against ice, it’s Cavaliers versus the Roundheads. Who will be Socrates and who will be Plato?

Needs more Honey Badger in fairness.


Further to Saturday’s Irish rugby victory over South Africa.

Terry Pattison writes:

When Conor Murray picked up the ball to kick for Tommy Bowe, where was [South Africa star winger Bryan Habana? He was standing in the middle of the pitch, exactly opposite Murray, having drifted in and abandoned marking his opposite number – a cardinal sin for an experienced international winger, I would have thought. But not one commentator or match report had any criticism for the famous man! He may be fast, but nobody can leave Tommy that much space…




Tommy Bowe modelling his new clothing range XVKings yesterday with (pic 2) from left Paddy Wallace , Andrew Trimble, Niall O Connor and Rob Kearney.

(Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland)


Mick McGrath.

You’ll like him.

Bob Coggins writes:

“Have a wee look at this and see what ya think – we made it here a few weeks ago about a lad who broke into the Leinster team after coming back from breaking his leg and almost giving up rugby 2 years ago. He made his debut earlier this season for Leinster Rugby”

Fair play in fairness.

No cash/favours/glucose fitness beverage given for this post.


Railway Union RFC  (above) has issued a reply to an article yesterday by Niamh Horan of the Sunday Independent on women’s rugby (top).

“Railway Union RFC were requested by the IRFU to facilitate a journalist from the Sunday Independent who wanted to do a training session and a feature on women’s rugby in light of Ireland’s world cup heroics.
We are disappointed that what could have been a hugely positive article promoting women’s rugby in Ireland at time of such achievement internationally has been reduced to stereotyping. The article in no way reflects our sport, its values and the values of our club and our members. Our club’s primary goal is always the promotion of rugby, regardless of gender, and we support all teams in the club equally. “

*applies more fake tan*

Railway Union RFC