Payne ruled out for three months with kidney injury

Ireland and Ulster centre Jared Payne has been ruled out for the next three months with a kidney injury.

Ireland's Rory Best celebrates with his wife Jodie and children from (L-R) Penny, Ben and Richie. Pic: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

RUGBY: One of the Best days ever for Rory

A 27-24 win after a thrilling match against Australia in Dublin on Saturday evening was the perfect way for Ireland to finish the November Guinness Test series and the rugby calendar year.

Andrew Morrison for Banbridge. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye

RUGBY: Soper delights in team display as Bann power on

A hat trick of tries from centre Andrew Morrison set Banbridge on their way to a comprehensive win over Corinthians at a fog-shrouded Rifle Park.


VIDEO - Rory Best believes Ireland have filled rugby void between North and South

Rory Best believes Ireland have filled the “void” between the northern and southern hemispheres with their historic autumn Test series.

Banbridge's Andrew Morrison touched down for Bann's only score of the day. Picture by Angus Bicker/

Bann bashed in semi as Hinch cruise through to big decider

Holders Ballynahinch are still on target to complete a hat-trick of First Trust Senior Cup wins after comfortably disposing of the challenge of local rivals Banbridge 32-5 in Saturday’s semi-final.

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RUGBY REACTION: Rory Best and Ireland left frustrated after loss to New Zealand

Rory Best has admitted Ireland are “frustrated and annoyed” at blowing the chance for a second win over New Zealand in as many weeks.

At the draw for the Danske Bank Ulster Schools Cup are John McKibbin, Ulster Branch President, Michael Lowry captain of the holders RBAI and Ian Russell District Manager at Danske Bank, together with the captains from the seasons comping schools at Kingspan Stadium

RUGBY: Dromore High make debut in Schools’ Cup with derby opener against Banbridge Academy

Dromore High School will embark on their first ever game in the Danske Bank Schools Cup when they make the short trip to local rivals Banbridge Academy at the start of January.

Banbridge bid to make the First Trust Senior Cup final

RUGBY: Banbridge must oust holders Ballynahinch to make Senior Cup final

Banbridge will have to overcome holders Ballynahinch if they want to make the Senior Cup final for the second time in their history.

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Rory Best

RUGBY: Les Kiss brands Ireland captain Rory Best as one of the toughest ever

Rory Best has been hailed as one of Ireland’s toughest ever Test competitors as the captain closes in on 100 caps.

In the Long Gallery in Parliament Buildings at the All Part Group On Rugby Breakfast Briefing Reception are Ulster Rugby player Chris Henry, Ulster Rugby CEO Shane Logan, Ulster Rugby player Darren Cave, Arlene Foster MLA and First Minister, Alastair Ross MLA and Junior Minister, and Ulster Rugby player Stuart McCloskey. Photo by John Dickson/DICKSONDIGITAL

RUGBY: Clubs could be set for £20 million boost

Local clubs will be next to benefit from Stormont’s All Party Group on Rugby.

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Anthony Foley. Pic: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Ulster Rugby to install Kingpsan memorial to Anthony Foley

Ulster Rugby are set to unveil a memorial to Anthony Foley at the Kingspan Stadium.

Kallan Martin in action for Banbridge.

RUGBY: Banbridge remain unbeaten in AIL Division 2A after victory over Malone


Stephen Irvine scored a late try for Banbridge on Saturday afternoon.  Pic: Presseye

Brilliant Bann blast Blackrock

Banbridge RFC bounced back to winning ways in stunning fashion on Saturday, powering past Blackrock College 38-15 at Rifle Park.

Banbridge RFC are set to host Backrock at Rifle Park on Saturday afternoon. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye

RUGBY: Improve or lose says Banbridge boss

If Banbridge RFC don’t improve, they could get a bashing on Saturday.

Dromore High School v Inst in the Seniors Schools Cup �Edward Byrne Photography INBL1639-212EB

RUGBY: Dromore HS open campaign with a win

On Saturday, Dromore High played their first full game at U18 Schoolboy level when they beat Royal Belfast Academical Institution Second XV 8-7 at Barban Hill.

Banbridge are down to third place in Division 2A after being held to a draw at the Dub. Pic: Freddie Parkinson / Presseye

RUGBY: Bann snatch two points

“If you’d offered me two points at half-time I’d have taken them.”

Banbridge coach Dan Soper.

AIL RUGBY: Queen’s gunning for derby day spoils at The Dub

Queen’s will be hoping to get their first victory of the season against Ulster rivals Banbridge in the big Division 2A Ulster derby at the Dub.

The new Ireland kit

RUGBY: New Ireland alternate kit unveiled

The new Ireland rugby alternate kit has been unveiled for the 2016/17 season.

Adam Doherty scored three tries for Banbridge on Saturday. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye.

RUGBY: Victorious Bann can still improve

“An excellent result – exactly what we wanted to get from our first game.”

Banbridge Head Coach Dan Soper. (Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Presseye)

RUGBY: Smells like Banbridge Team Spirit for Soper!

Banbridge Head Coach Dan Soper admits his side have not yet been fully tested ahead of Saturday’s All Ireland League Division 2A opener against Sunday’s Well (2.30pm) but belief is growing at Rifle Park.

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