RBAI secure first Schools Cup hat-trick since 1948!

Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup Final from Kingspan Stadium

Andrew Magrath in action for Banbridge on Saturday. Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye

RUGBY: Derby win puts Bann back on top

With three of the five Ulster Bank AIL Division 2A games postponed last Saturday, this 27-0 bonus-point win over Belfast Harlequins saw Banbridge go back to the top of the league.

Foyle's Dare Gill in action with Banbridge's Andrew Denver.

SCHOOLS’ CUP: Foyle College defeat Banbridge Academy in Danske Bank Trophy final

Foyle College have won the first of thise season’s Danske Bank Schools’ subsidiary competitions, lifting the Schools’ Trophy following a 15-11 win over Banbridge Academy at RS Dungannon.

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RUGBY: Ulster confirm Jono Gibbes as new head coach from next season

Ulster have landed a major coup in attracting former All Black international Jono Gibbes to Kingspan Stadium as head coach ahead of the 2017-18 season.

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Banbridge have high hopes for league progress. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

Bann boys must stick to the plan

Daniel Soper wants his Banbridge RFC players to get back to the drawing board this weekend.

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Ulster Womens' out half Jemma Jackson. Photo by John Dickson |

Bann girl Jemma gets Ireland’s call

Banbridge girl Jemma Jackson can’t wait to get going as the Six Nations begins this weekend.

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VIDEO: Ireland captain Rory Best looks ahead of the Six Nations Championship

Ireland enter the RBS 6 Nations brimming with confidence after a first win over New Zealand in November, and seeing off Australia, South Africa and New Zealand in a calendar year.

Enniskillens Andrew Crawford in action against Dromore.

SCHOOLS CUP: Enniskillen end Dromore’s hopes

Dromore High School, in their first year of playing in the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Cup, were unable to extend their stay in the competition after going out against Enniskillen Royal Grammar School in the Third Round.

Richard Caldwell, Danske Bank Managing Director of Personal Banking, Stephen Black, Chairman of the Schools Committee and Ulster Rugby President John McKibbin make the drawn for the Danske Bank Schools' Cup fourth round

RUGBY: Draw made for Danske Bank Schools’ Cup fourth round

The top ranked teams in this year’s Danske Bank Schools’ Cup entered at the fourth round draw stage with two set to make their exit when the ties are staged on February 4.

Banbridge's Josh Cromie is available again alongside Andrew Magrath. INBL1602-241PB

RUGBY UNION: Banbridge must react to get title tilt on track

Banbridge RFC Head Coach Daniel Soper is demanding a reaction from his players after a disappointing performance last weekend.

Timmy Beattie driving forward for Banbridge Academy in Saturday's 2-2 draw against Dromore High. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

SCHOOLS’ CUP: Honours even between Banbridge Academy and Dromore High in landmark tie

A bumper derby crowd turned out to back Banbridge Academy and Dromore High School - with the students serving up a tough tussle that finished honours even at 8-8.

Banbridge Academy captain Toby Baxter is gearing up for his side's Schools' Cup opener against Dromore High School.

SCHOOLS’ CUP: Exciting derby as Banbridge Academy host Dromore

Banbridge Academy will host their near neighbours from Dromore High School in a Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Cup Round 2 game that is sure to fire the imagination of the Mid-Down Schools’ Rugby supporters tomorrow.

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Irelands Jared Payne and CJ Stander try to keep a maul up
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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.

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