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# ail - Friday 19 February, 2021

The Unnatural: Ireland's rugby clubs feel the pinch and look to brighter days ahead
# The42 Reads
# The42 Reads

The Unnatural: Ireland's rugby clubs feel the pinch and look to brighter days ahead

Feb 19th 2021, 8:00 AM 10,488 Views 4 Comments

Gates chained, finances drained, but rugby clubs across the island are sitting tight for whatever a return to sport will look like.

# ail - Thursday 15 October, 2020

IRFU suspend club competition across four provinces

IRFU suspend club competition across four provinces

Oct 15th 2020, 4:22 PM 9,683 Views 3 Comments

Rising Covid-19 numbers have brought a return to tightened restrictions for contact sport.

# ail - Saturday 3 October, 2020

'A top-level AIL game is a better product than your run-of-the-mill Pro14 game'
# The Club Scene
# The Club Scene

'A top-level AIL game is a better product than your run-of-the-mill Pro14 game'

Updated Oct 3rd 2020, 12:28 PM 41,578 Views 29 Comments

The Club Scene Podcast has picked up a loyal and engaged following since its launch in 2018.

# ail - Monday 28 September, 2020

Cashel shock Shannon as new provincial Community Series kicks-off
# Club Rugby
# Club Rugby

Cashel shock Shannon as new provincial Community Series kicks-off

Sep 28th 2020, 12:10 AM 10,965 Views 3 Comments

Elsewhere, Craig Ronaldson enjoyed a try-scoring debut for Naas as they toppled Terenure 19-12.

# ail - Saturday 26 September, 2020

The Luxembourg international joining the AIL after a year with Stade Français
# Bienvenue
# Bienvenue

The Luxembourg international joining the AIL after a year with Stade Français

Sep 26th 2020, 7:00 AM 30,513 Views 10 Comments

20-year-old Tony Drennan has signed with Queen’s University and still has professional rugby ambitions.

# ail - Thursday 24 September, 2020

'The club game is absolutely the foundation on which the pro game is built'
# Community
# Community

'The club game is absolutely the foundation on which the pro game is built'

Sep 24th 2020, 7:00 PM 8,953 Views 4 Comments

The new provincial Energia Community Series kicks off around the country this weekend.

# ail - Thursday 27 August, 2020

Italy international McKinley joins coaching team at AIL club Rainey Old Boys
# Rugby Brain
# Rugby Brain

Italy international McKinley joins coaching team at AIL club Rainey Old Boys

Aug 27th 2020, 8:54 AM 8,627 Views 3 Comments

The 30-year-old left Italian club Benetton over the summer.

# ail - Thursday 9 July, 2020

IRFU confirms shortened All-Ireland League will start in January 2021
# Plans
# Plans

IRFU confirms shortened All-Ireland League will start in January 2021

Jul 9th 2020, 4:44 PM 3,796 Views 4 Comments

The first half of the season will involve a new provincial Community Series.

# ail - Thursday 11 June, 2020

Modified club rugby season to kick off in September
# Competition Stage
# Competition Stage

Modified club rugby season to kick off in September

Jun 11th 2020, 1:17 PM 5,785 Views 2 Comments

‘A specific date will not be issued until further clarity is available and will remain subject to change.’

# ail - Saturday 16 May, 2020

'From the kick-off, they decided to start a schemozzle. That suited us'
# AIL Legends
# AIL Legends

'From the kick-off, they decided to start a schemozzle. That suited us'

Updated May 16th 2020, 12:20 PM 31,186 Views 27 Comments

Ger Earls was a key part of Young Munster’s AIL success in 1993 after joining from Thomond.

# ail - Saturday 9 May, 2020

Cork Con and Blackrock stars land the top gongs as AIL award winners announced
# Domestic Rugby
# Domestic Rugby

Cork Con and Blackrock stars land the top gongs as AIL award winners announced

May 9th 2020, 10:17 AM 6,883 Views 2 Comments

Brian Hayes and Hannah O’Connor took the Player of the Year awards.

# ail - Wednesday 29 April, 2020

U20s star Jack Crowley's score among nominations for AIL try of the season
# Stunning Rugby
# Stunning Rugby

U20s star Jack Crowley's score among nominations for AIL try of the season

Apr 29th 2020, 1:46 PM 7,725 Views 0 Comments

There were some stunning efforts on the men’s and women’s leagues this season.

# ail - Monday 27 April, 2020

Getting FAI and IFA on board the next step as All-Island League format is unveiled
# AIL
# AIL

Getting FAI and IFA on board the next step as All-Island League format is unveiled

Apr 27th 2020, 12:20 PM 5,231 Views 2 Comments

A cross-border, ‘split season’ is favoured by clubs.

Ex-Munster lock Hayes finishes joint-top try scorer in AIL's Division 1A
# Prolific
# Prolific

Ex-Munster lock Hayes finishes joint-top try scorer in AIL's Division 1A

Apr 27th 2020, 11:50 AM 12,492 Views 3 Comments

Clontarf’s Sean Kearns was top points scorer after his return from Australia.

# ail - Tuesday 31 March, 2020

'They can look back with pride... their effort wasn't null and void'
# Unbeaten
# Unbeaten

'They can look back with pride... their effort wasn't null and void'

Mar 31st 2020, 3:31 PM 7,591 Views 7 Comments

Defending champions Cork Con ended an unbeaten season with 14 wins from 14 in the AIL.

# ail - Tuesday 24 March, 2020

IRFU make €500,000 available to clubs in light of coronavirus disruption
# Support
# Support

IRFU make €500,000 available to clubs in light of coronavirus disruption

Mar 24th 2020, 7:18 PM 3,862 Views 29 Comments

The union also confirmed they will put in place a moratorium on all club loan repayments for four months.

# ail - Saturday 21 March, 2020

'I learned in Munster and Toulon that it's all about attitude and culture'
# AIL
# AIL

'I learned in Munster and Toulon that it's all about attitude and culture'

Mar 21st 2020, 8:45 AM 18,228 Views 5 Comments

Former professional prop Tim Ryan has overseen Highfield RFC’s rise in the AIL in recent years.

# ail - Sunday 1 March, 2020

Railway Union close gap on UL Bohemians with resounding 62-0 win
# AIL
# AIL

Railway Union close gap on UL Bohemians with resounding 62-0 win

Mar 1st 2020, 6:03 PM 3,248 Views 0 Comments

We review the latest action from the Energia Women’s All-Ireland League.

# ail - Saturday 29 February, 2020

Table-toppers Cork Con whitewash Dublin University as Young Munster win Limerick derby
# Wrap
# Wrap

Table-toppers Cork Con whitewash Dublin University as Young Munster win Limerick derby

Feb 29th 2020, 11:09 PM 8,851 Views 3 Comments

Elsewhere, UCD edged out Clontarf as Storm Jorge made its presence felt around the AIL.

# ail - Friday 21 February, 2020

Must-win clash at the bottom among highlights of AIL weekend
# AIL
# AIL

Must-win clash at the bottom among highlights of AIL weekend

Feb 21st 2020, 6:11 PM 6,795 Views 0 Comments

Elsewhere, table-toppers Cork Con face UCC.

# ail - Saturday 8 February, 2020

Ireland Club XV retain Dalriada Cup for the first time since 2012
# AIL
# AIL

Ireland Club XV retain Dalriada Cup for the first time since 2012

Feb 8th 2020, 8:30 AM 7,013 Views 0 Comments

Colm Hogan, Michael Melia, and Sam Coghlan Murray scored tries in Donnybrook.

# ail - Monday 3 February, 2020

AIL influence serves Ireland U20s well as McNamara looks for more
# U20 RUGBY
# U20 RUGBY

AIL influence serves Ireland U20s well as McNamara looks for more

Feb 3rd 2020, 6:45 AM 6,025 Views 2 Comments

“Without it, the 20s would be in serious strife”

# ail - Friday 13 December, 2019

'That's the part of rugby that people don't see' - Cronin fit again with Munster
# Tough Times
# Tough Times

'That's the part of rugby that people don't see' - Cronin fit again with Munster

Dec 13th 2019, 7:00 AM 8,307 Views 10 Comments

The Highfield RFC man struggled with injury last season but is relishing being back in the red jersey.

# ail - Friday 15 November, 2019

Cork and Dublin derbies to shape the top of the table in Division 1A
# AIL Preview
# AIL Preview

Cork and Dublin derbies to shape the top of the table in Division 1A

Nov 15th 2019, 7:49 PM 6,940 Views 2 Comments

It’s fourth versus first on Leeside and third versus second in the capital this weekend.

# ail - Saturday 19 October, 2019

Two tries from Poland help UCC stay top of the table, while Cork Con outgun Lansdowne
# Roundup
# Roundup

Two tries from Poland help UCC stay top of the table, while Cork Con outgun Lansdowne

Oct 19th 2019, 8:23 PM 7,106 Views 6 Comments

Catch up on all of Saturday’s action from the All-Ireland League.

# ail - Friday 18 October, 2019

Friday night Dublin derby tops the bill in this weekend's All-Ireland League action
# AIL Preview
# AIL Preview

Friday night Dublin derby tops the bill in this weekend's All-Ireland League action

Oct 18th 2019, 7:20 PM 4,634 Views 5 Comments

Your Division 1A and 1B previews are right here.

# ail - Saturday 5 October, 2019

Reigning champions Cork Con edge Munster derby and new boys run Terenure close as AIL kicks off in style
# We Go Again
# We Go Again

Reigning champions Cork Con edge Munster derby and new boys run Terenure close as AIL kicks off in style

Oct 5th 2019, 9:11 PM 8,976 Views 2 Comments

Elsewhere, Lansdowne beat UCD as the 2019/20 Energia All-Ireland League got underway this weekend.

# ail - Thursday 19 September, 2019

Cork Con lock Mintern determined to test himself in professional rugby
# Domestic Rugby
# Domestic Rugby

Cork Con lock Mintern determined to test himself in professional rugby

Sep 19th 2019, 9:35 AM 9,631 Views 2 Comments

The former Ireland U20 will complete his studies at CIT next year and then see how far rugby can take him.

# ail - Thursday 1 August, 2019

Prolific former Ireland U20 wing Sullivan earns trial with Connacht
# AIL
# AIL

Prolific former Ireland U20 wing Sullivan earns trial with Connacht

Aug 1st 2019, 6:39 PM 11,998 Views 3 Comments

The 21-year-old scored 15 tries for Lansdowne in Division 1A of the AIL last season.

# ail - Monday 22 July, 2019

Friday nights and double-headers feature strongly in next season's AIL fixture list
# Domestic Matters
# Domestic Matters

Friday nights and double-headers feature strongly in next season's AIL fixture list

Jul 22nd 2019, 5:03 PM 5,437 Views 0 Comments

The new campaign gets underway on 4 October.

# ail - Thursday 18 July, 2019

AIL players link up with Leinster as Cullen boosts pre-season squad
# Club Rugby
# Club Rugby

AIL players link up with Leinster as Cullen boosts pre-season squad

Jul 18th 2019, 2:44 PM 11,809 Views 5 Comments

Tony Ryan, Rowan Osborne and David Aspil have been training with Leo Cullen’s squad.

# ail - Tuesday 16 July, 2019

Two November Tests and extended inter-pros in Ireland Women's 13-month plan
# World Cup Target
# World Cup Target

Two November Tests and extended inter-pros in Ireland Women's 13-month plan

Jul 16th 2019, 5:27 PM 3,446 Views 7 Comments

The plan aims to have Ireland in ideal shape for the World Cup Qualifiers in September 2020.

# ail - Friday 10 May, 2019

'People need to leave their egos behind and actually say this is a competition that has a place'
# Problem Child
# Problem Child

'People need to leave their egos behind and actually say this is a competition that has a place'

May 10th 2019, 6:07 PM 12,564 Views 19 Comments

AIL rugby is too entertaining to be sold so short.

# ail - Tuesday 7 May, 2019

Flavin, Breen and Taylor among big winners at AIL awards
# Club Scene
# Club Scene

Flavin, Breen and Taylor among big winners at AIL awards

May 7th 2019, 8:45 PM 4,578 Views 0 Comments

The votes for the try of the season were also tallied for this evening’s awards at the Aviva..

# ail - Saturday 4 May, 2019

AIL top two set for battle as Cork Con and Clontarf meet in Division 1A final
# AIL
# AIL

AIL top two set for battle as Cork Con and Clontarf meet in Division 1A final

May 4th 2019, 2:06 PM 5,732 Views 2 Comments

We look ahead to tomorrow’s showpiece at the Aviva Stadium.

# ail - Friday 3 May, 2019

With Connacht calling, Lloyd is intent on balancing rugby with medicine
# On Call
# On Call

With Connacht calling, Lloyd is intent on balancing rugby with medicine

May 3rd 2019, 6:15 AM 7,686 Views 4 Comments

The scrum-half took a year out of his studies with RCSI when taking up an offer from Ulster. But this time around, he is determined to do it all.

# ail - Thursday 2 May, 2019

Cork Con bullish approaching AIL final with revamped style and 'Stockdale 2.0' in Sean French
# White Heat
# White Heat

Cork Con bullish approaching AIL final with revamped style and 'Stockdale 2.0' in Sean French

May 2nd 2019, 6:55 AM 6,269 Views 1 Comment

Entering their fourth consecutive final, the Cork club look in rude attacking health.

# ail - Sunday 28 April, 2019

Stunning try from Ireland U20 French sets Con on their way to decider with Clontarf
# AIL
# AIL

Stunning try from Ireland U20 French sets Con on their way to decider with Clontarf

Apr 28th 2019, 8:34 PM 12,818 Views 3 Comments

Cork Con saw off Trinity at Temple Hill on Sunday, while UCC took a step closer to Division 1A safety.

# ail - Friday 26 April, 2019

Lansdowne bid for dramatic turnaround, exams hamper Trinity as AIL enters semi-final stage
# Cup Rugby
# Cup Rugby

Lansdowne bid for dramatic turnaround, exams hamper Trinity as AIL enters semi-final stage

Apr 26th 2019, 4:25 PM 6,070 Views 1 Comment

Clontarf and Cork Con will hope to advance to next week’s decider in front of their home fans.

# ail - Saturday 20 April, 2019

Cronin brothers star as Garryowen power to Bateman Cup glory
# Club Rugby
# Club Rugby

Cronin brothers star as Garryowen power to Bateman Cup glory

Apr 20th 2019, 3:53 PM 8,697 Views 0 Comments

Ireland U20 out-half Ben Healy kicked 13 points as the Limerick side defeated City of Armagh.

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