Rugby

  • Armagh RFU player Tim McNeice named First Player of the Round

    on Jan 12, 17 • in Armagh, In Your Area, News, Rugby, Sports • with No Comments

    Armagh RFU player Tim McNeice named First Player of the Round

    Armagh RFC’s Tim McNeice has been announced the first winner of the Ulster Rugby Premiership Player of the Round. Title sponsor of the Premiership, SONI (System Operator for Northern Ireland), are behind the initiative which rewards the best player performance across each set of SONI Ulster Rugby Premiership fixture weekends for the rest of the season. The ‘Player of the Round’ is chosen by a panel of judges from SONI and Ulster Rugby chaired by Head of Sport for Johnston Press Ireland and rugby correspondent Richard Mulligan, with each winning player being rewarded with Ulster

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  • City of Derry suffer heavy defeat during Palace Grounds outing

    on Jan 9, 17 • in Rugby, Sports • with No Comments

    City of Derry suffer heavy defeat during Palace Grounds outing

    For the second successive week City of Armagh RFC scored over 50 points in the SONI Ulster Premiership with City of Derry suffering a heavy defeat at the Palace Grounds on Saturday. The home team scored nine tries with five conversions for a final scoreline of 55-7. The kickoff time was put back 45 minutes as the referee was delayed in getting to Armagh and it was 3.15pm when the visitors kicked off in front of a large crowd of supporters. As was the case against Ballynahinch, the Armagh coaching staff had rotated the starting

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  • Post-Christmas cracker for City of Armagh after four weeks going cold turkey!

    on Jan 2, 17 • in Rugby, Sports • with No Comments

    Post-Christmas cracker for City of Armagh after four weeks going cold turkey!

    Having had no fixture since December 3, City of Armagh were keen to get some match time when they hosted Ballynahinch at the Palace Grounds on Saturday afternoon. This SONI Premier League fixture was played in front of a large crowd of spectators in almost ideal conditions. Ballynahinch kicked off and from the start off it was evident that both sides were set to play the game at top speed. Despite the lack of fixtures the Armagh team’s pace began  to see them win the major share of both open and set play. By the

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  • SONI launch Palyer of the Round Award for Ulster Rugby Premiership

    on Dec 15, 16 • in Rugby, Sports • with No Comments

    SONI launch Palyer of the Round Award for Ulster Rugby Premiership

    Title sponsor of the Ulster Rugby Premiership, SONI (System Operator for Northern Ireland), have announced that they will be rewarding the best player performance across each set of SONI Ulster Rugby Premiership fixture weekends for the rest of the season. The ‘Player of the Round’ will be chosen by a panel of judges from SONI and Ulster Rugby with each winning player being rewarded with Ulster rugby tickets and official Ulster Rugby Merchandise. Nick Fullerton, Senior Manager at SONI said: “SONI’s partnership with Ulster Rugby and the sponsorship of the SONI Ulster Rugby Premiership has

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  • Armagh Seconds inflict heavy defeat on CIYMS

    on Dec 12, 16 • in Rugby, Sports • with No Comments

    Armagh Seconds inflict heavy defeat on CIYMS

    Armagh Seconds played CIYMS in the Conference League on Saturday at the Palace Grounds on a fine sunny winter’s day. Having come out on the wrong side of a defeat in the Junior Cup earlier in the season by CI, the home side were determined to put in a performance and in the end ran out comfortable winners in what was a very entertaining game. CI kicked off with James Hanna receiving and taking ball into contact with several of the large visiting forwards. With Harvey Young at out half, the home side were keen

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  • City of Armagh maintain winning record against Dublin outfit

    on Dec 5, 16 • in Rugby, Sports • with No Comments

    City of Armagh maintain winning record against Dublin outfit

    City of Armagh completed their first half of fixtures in the Ulster Bank All Ireland league on Saturday and maintained their 100% win record with a convincing 39-11 victory over third placed Wanderers RFC. The Dublin team had travelled to Armagh in confident mood following recent results and as the game kicked off in damp conditions, the visitors started well and took the game to the home team. The first quarter was evenly balanced with neither side able to breach two well-organized defences. The deadlock was broken on fifteen minutes when Armagh outhalf, Cormac Fox

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  • Eight wins in a row for rampant City of Armagh

    on Nov 28, 16 • in Rugby, Sports • with No Comments

    Eight wins in a row for rampant City of Armagh

    Saturday saw the top two teams in Division 2B meet at Dr Hickey Park for a top of the table clash. Last season saw one point separate both teams over two matches with Greystones winning 17-16 at home and the match in Armagh finishing all square at 15-15. A close encounter was on the cards and a huge crowd of supporters gathered in anticipation. Many would be heading to the Aviva Stadium afterwards to cheer on Ireland and Rory Best in particular, in his centenary game. Armagh were able to welcome back team captain Ali

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  • Watch: Sports stars and celebrity fans’ tribute to Rory Best on 100 caps for Ireland

    on Nov 24, 16 • in Rugby, Sports • with No Comments

    Watch: Sports stars and celebrity fans’ tribute to Rory Best on 100 caps for Ireland

    He’s a legend in his own lifetime. Co Armagh man Rory Best captained Ireland to the historic win against the All Blacks recently. It was the latest in a long line of memorable moments for the Poyntzpass ace. But Saturday will be the proverbial feather in his cap. Best will become only the fifth Ireland player ever to reach 100 caps, following in the footsteps of Ronan O’Gara, Paul O’Connell, Brian O’Driscoll and John Hayes. But he hopes to become the first Ireland captain ever to lead the team to victory against the southern hemisphere’s

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  • Hopes for Haka on Armagh Mall as Ireland officially launch Rugby World Cup 2023 bid

    on Nov 15, 16 • in Armagh, Featured, In Your Area, News, Rugby, Sports • with No Comments

    Hopes for Haka on Armagh Mall as Ireland officially launch Rugby World Cup 2023 bid

    Hopes have been voiced that Armagh could see the world-famous All Blacks perform a ceremonial haka on the Mall! That is, of course, if the joint bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup is successful. France and South Africa are also bidding to host the prestigious tournament and Ireland today (Tuesday) formally launched its bid in Dublin – two years after revealing its intentions in Armagh. Hopes have previously been voiced for the city providing training facilities for some of the competing teams if the joint Ireland bid wins the final race. It will

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  • Armagh maintain unbeaten start in Ulster Bank League with Thomond thrashing

    on Nov 14, 16 • in Rugby, Sports • with No Comments

    Armagh maintain unbeaten start in Ulster Bank League with Thomond thrashing

    City of Armagh RFC 71 Thomond RFC 10 City of Armagh RFC maintained their unbeaten run in the Ulster Bank All Ireland League on Saturday with a crushing 71-10 victory over Limerick visitors, Thomond, at the Palace Grounds and scored eleven tries in the process. In near perfect conditions, Armagh kicked off and it took just two minutes for the first try of the game. Chris Colvin and Neil Faloon carried the ball into the Thomond half and full-back Tim McNeice ran a great line to score in the corner. Eighteen year old Cormac Fox,

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