Events category listing 2 | Buccaneers Rugby Football Club Athlone

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Division 1B line-up confirmed for next season

published:Apr  30

The nine clubs who will be competing with Buccaneers in Division 1B of the Ulster Bank League next season have been confirmed following last week’s final round of play-offs. Buccs return to this division along with St. Mary’s College who lost out to UCC. Ulster clubs Malone and City of Armagh are promoted from 2A which means there will be five northern sides in this division and none from Munster! So Brexit or not, sterling will be required for a handful of trips next season! Four Leinster clubs are in this division along with Buccaneers who remain the only Connacht or midlands outfit in Ireland’s top two divisions. The ten clubs in 1B are Buccaneers, Ballymena, Ballynahinch, Banbridge, City of Armagh, Malone, Naas, Old Belvedere, Old Wesley and St. Mary’s College.

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published:Apr  23

Congrats to Robbie Henshaw on being awarded an Address of Recognition by Westmeath County Council. This was a long overdue honour for the young Athlonian who capped a memorable week by putting in (in this scribe’s opinion) a ‘man of the match’ performance in Leinster’s blitzing of Scarlets in the Champions Cup semi-final. It was an incredible contribution by Robbie, particularly bearing in mind that he had been out for two months due to the injury sustained against Italy. We wish Robbie and this teammates continued success in next month’s final against Racing 92.

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Superb young Buccs complete U-18.5 double!

published:Apr  16


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published:Apr  09

BUCCANEERS final Ulster Bank League fixture pits them against long time table toppers Lansdowne at Lansdowne Road’s Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Kick off for this Division 1A game is 2.30 p.m. With relegation now confirmed, Buccs have little to play for but can be counted on to display pride and vigour in this outing. Lansdowne have suffered just one defeat this season and are eager to regain the league title. They have quality performers in all sections of their strong squad where ex-Bucc Josh O’Rourke is now firmly established in the second row.

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published:Apr  02

BUCCANEERS had no less than five young players wearing the green of Ireland last week. Colm Reilly and Ryan Lomas were in the Ireland U-19 squad that had mixed results against Japan. Meanwhile, the Athlone club went one better on the Ireland U-18 side with a trio --- Darragh Murray, Liam Winnett and Saul O’Carroll --- all starting in the win over Canada.

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published:Mar  26

BUCCANEERS WOMENS team bid for glory when they square up to NUIG in the Connacht Womens Cup final at Galway Sportsground on Sunday next. Kick off is 3 p.m. and will be preceded by the Plate final.

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published:Mar  19

The Irish Colleges & Universities rugby finals take place in Dubarry Park on this Wednesday, March 21st. This is the second successive year that these prestigious deciders are being held in Athlone. Six finals are down for decision with the opening match kicking off at 1 p.m. Highlight is likely to be the concluding match between IT Carlow and Garda, which is a repeat of last year’s Mens final. Unfortunately, host college Athlone Institute of Technology does not feature in any of the finals this year.

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published:Mar  19

Congratulations to the Ireland rugby squad and mentors on achieving an all too rare Six Nations championship Grand Slam. Already assured of the championship, Ireland hit the ground running to force the pace for large swathes of an enthralling contest. They were composed and clinical for the majority of the game with their oft criticised defence being massive. Head Coach Joe Schmidt’s attention to detail came up with another trick or two to thwart the ‘auld enemy’ at Twickenham on, appropriately, St. Patrick’s Day. Incredibly, England finished second from bottom in the championship which will, no doubt, please that nice Aussie Eddie Jones! Loads of burgeoning talent in the squad including our own Robbie Henshaw who now has a Grand Slam added to his already impressive CV that includes being a British & Irish Lion as well as a PRO12 title. Other Athlone connections include physio Keith Fox and Fergus McFadden, nephew of Tony Lowry. Well done again to all.

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Best of luck Marist College

published:Mar  16

Best of luck is wished from all at Buccaneers RFC to the Marist College Junior team in Tuesday's Connacht Schools Cup final at The Sportsground Galway. Go guys!!

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published:Mar  12

BUCCANEERS SECONDS entertain their Sligo counterparts in a rescheduled Connacht Junior 1A League match at Dubarry Park on Friday night. Sligo dished out a heavy defeat to Buccs in the opening round of this league when the Pirates were not organised so the Athlone side will be striving to atone for that loss. Currently Sligo lie in third place with the midlanders lying in sixth. A home win for the Pirates would elevate them above Monivea in the league table. Kick off is now at 8 p.m.

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