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  1. Magic Anfield Weekend Ahead for the Giants, Dragons, Saints and the Wire

    Magic Anfield Weekend Ahead for the Giants, Dragons, Saints and the Wire

    This weekend sees the Rugby League Dacia Magic weekend take place at Anfield, the home of course of Liverpool FC. It’s a real festival of rugby for league fans in which an entire round of Super League matches is played over a weekend at a single stadium to promote rugby league. Since it was introduced used the Magic weekend has done what it says on the tin and been a magic weekend of thrills and spills for supporters and players.

     

    With a reputation for entertainment averaging out at 50 points scored per game, the package of six top flight games in one venue is a real winner. And O’Neills are proud to be there as kit supplier to four of the twelve teams the Catalans Dragons fresh from their Camp Nou success, Warrington Wolves, Huddersfield Giants and St Helens.

     

    This year the top four teams from the 2018 s

  2. Tom Steers Honiton to Twickenham Victory

    Tom Steers Honiton to Twickenham Victory

    Honiton RFC are the pride of Devon - indeed the pride of West Country rugby after they bagged a thrilling 29-27 win over North Allerton in the final of the RFU Senior Vase played at Twickenham. It surely is every young Honiton rugby player’s dream now to pull on that Honiton jersey and run out at Twickenham!

     

    Speaking ahead of the game, long standing Club President Dave Todd could only speak of his pride in the small club.  “Pride. Pride for Honiton, for them, for the town. That's my dominant feeling, just complete pride. We're on a crest of a wave. That's going to be the pinnacle, the culmination of rugby life for Honiton. That's the biggest thing that Honiton has seen I think.”

     

    Like all good clubs the focus in Honiton is on development and growing the grassroots and building from the bottom up.

     

    “We want to keep our junior side going because they're the ones that feed the seniors. They'

  3. Kenilworth Kick on in Twickenham Win

    Kenilworth Kick on in Twickenham Win

    Kenilworth RFC completed a tremendous treble-winning season lifting the RFU Intermediate Cup at Twickenham, having already won the Midlands Two West South title and Midlands Intermediate Cup on their way to the national final. The Twickenham result was a dream come true, a momentous day for the men in the Kenilworth jersey and the latest success in a treble winning season.

     

    Kenilworth lifted the RFU Intermediate Cup following their 32-26 victory against a gallant Matson team. They led 22-5 at one stage but credit to Matson they battled the scoreboard back to a single point but Kenilworth showed composure and experience to push on. Overall it was end to end stuff for the full eighty minutes with nine tries scored.

     

    Kenilworth captain Bobby Thompson told the Coventry Telegraph: "It was just unbelievable and I am just immensely proud of everyone inv

  4. Tonga Toast of Promoted Ampthill

    Tonga Toast of Promoted Ampthill

    Going into the final day of the National One rugby season, Ampthill Rugby Club only needed a single point to secure their promotion slot to Division 1. Having set a ferocious pace in the drive for promotion, the first XV pulled on the famous Ampthill jersey and delivered in fine style, securing an historic promotion to the Championship with a comprehensive win over Loughborough Students.

     

    The victory was all but sealed thanks to a blistering first half showing with tries by Maama Molitika, Matt Collins, Aleki Lutui and Joe Berics. Four more tries followed after the break to seal an epic win.

     

    Ampthill and District have played four seasons in National One and now coach

  5. O'Neills Catalans Jersey Camp Nou Debut

    O'Neills Catalans Jersey Camp Nou Debut

    This weekend the Legendary Nou Camp in Barcelona will host rugby league for the first time in its history, when the Catalans Dragons play Super League champions Wigan.

     

    The Dragons, the reigning Challenge Cup champions, will step out onto the spiritual home of Catalan sport wearing a specially designed O’Neills jersey in the traditional Barca Blaugrana colours. And ahead of the game, the O’Neills one off Catalans Dragons shirt is featured heavily on the Barca FC webpage and

  6. Hurling’s Big Weekend Ahead

    Hurling’s Big Weekend Ahead

    The GAA launched the 2019 McDonagh, Ring, Rackard and Meagher Cups at Croke Park in the company of players from all 25 counties competing in these senior hurling competitions yesterday.

     

    At the launch John Horan, The GAA President said “These competitions honour the memory and legacy of hurling heroes who were icons of the great game.” Paul Flynn CEO of the GPA echoed these sentiments saying: “We’re delighted to be working with the GAA on this launch. We’re delighted to see such a great turnout from our members today to kick off the Joe McDonagh, Christy Ring, Nicky Rackard and Lory Meagher competitions. We’re looking forward to an exciting summer of hurling starting this weekend.”

     

    Here’s eight useful bits of info from the launch to get yourself up to speed.

     

    1 Joe McDonagh Cup First Round

    The Joe McDonagh Cup begins this weekend with the meetin

  7. Spotlight on the Joe McDonagh Cup

    Spotlight on the Joe McDonagh Cup

    In many ways the newly minted Joe McDonagh Cup is the hidden jewel in the crown of hurling. Last year demonstrated that the hurling at this level is fiercely  competitive and fiercely skillful.

     

    For Antrim, Kerry, Laois, Offaly and Westmeath  the competition is tantalisingly close to the Liam McCarthy with a preliminary All Ireland quarter final at stake for the finalists and promotion for the winners guaranteed if a Leinster county or Antrim.

     

    The teams compete for a place in the final in Croke Park in late June and the ultimate goal of 2020 promotion to the Liam McCarthy Cup. The final precedes the 2020 Leinster Final.

     

    To promote the lower tier competitions the GPA have taken to a roadshow to add their visibility to the McDonagh, Ring, Rackard and Meagher Cups. The standard in each is rising but it is the Joe McDonagh that provides the hope and desire for the second tier teams. With an in

  8. Táin Óg - Hurling for the Masses

    Táin Óg - Hurling for the Masses

    The Táin Óg hurling competitions are well under way over the last fortnight providing a beacon of hope for underage hurling teams under pressure with numbers.

     

    The Táin Óg competitions have been introduced to provide more meaningful, challenging and varied games for players from counties with a small number of hurling clubs. The competition primarily focuses on the North and North West region. Clubs participate from North Meath across through south Armagh, Monaghan, Leitrim, Longford, Donegal, Fermanagh, Tyrone, Derry Donegal and Mayo.

     

    The main objective is to give players and teams more games in a sporting and enjoyable atmosphere.

     

    The rules and guidelines from the competition which is coordinated by Martin Fogarty encourages clubs to focus on participation with enjoyment and sportsmanship the key. The guidelines state clearly, ‘While we all like to reach finals and win, winning mu

  9. Hail Glorious St Patrick’s Day Club Finals

    Hail Glorious St Patrick’s Day Club Finals

    St Patrick’s Day means one thing in the GAA calendar: a celebration of the club jersey and all who play in it. And if some of the media coverage is to be believed the finals could be shifted leaving a major hole in the traditional national Saint’s Day celebrations. Of course the finals weren’t always played on the 17th March, but they’ve been there for long enough to be considered a GAA institution, sacred cow and immoveable feast but could become a Shibboleth as the season is subject to serious restructuring anytime soon. This year the county jerseys represented by their club champions are Galway, Kilkenny and Kerry. Not many surprises there.

     

    And as one of the show pieces of the Club scene we all crave good games. After a few years of fairly one-sided matches in the football, bar Dr Croke’s two point win against Slaughtneil a couple of years back, supporters will be hoping for a decent competitive game in the football

  10. Sarah Rowe: An International Woman of Sport

    Sarah Rowe: An International Woman of Sport

    For International Women’s Day we caught up with Mayo and Collingwood star Sarah Rowe who’s living the life of a professional athlete in Australia.  Exclusively for O’Neills Sarah talks 20x20, women’s sport on the rise and the absence of Coppers in Oz!

     

    You coping with the lifestyle there ok?

    The lifestyle is great, I’m not working over here, so I’m in the club every day, well five or six times a week anyway, using all the resources so it’s great.

    We train Monday evenings, Wednesday evenings, Friday and Sunday and the other two days you’ve to get a gym session in. So quite similar here to home.

    I go in to training about half three and don’t get home to about half ten at night. It’s a bit longer than at home, I suppose people work part-time and then train too, but the lifestyle is great.

    It comes

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