• There are three changes from the Senior Women's side that lost to Munster last time out for their clash with Leinster. Moya Griffin comes into the side at hooker where she forms a front row with captain Laura Feely and Annemarie O'Hora. There's also a new face in the second row with Denise Redmond starting alongside Amelie Roux. Tara Buggie, Edel McMahon and Nichola Fryday complete the pack.

    Midfield is unchanged with Nichole Fowley at out-half and Shannon Touhy and Catherine Martin at centre, while Mary Healy is named at scrum-half. There's a change in the back three with Jill Draper moving from full-back to the wing with Mairead Coyne at 15, while Orla Dixon is again named on the other wing.

    The action kicks off at 1pm when the U18 Girls aim to make it two wins from two when they host Munster, and the management team have made four changes from the side that snatched a late win over Ulster in Ballinasloe.

    Two of those are in the front row where Macy McDermott and Mia Fahy join Mary McLoughlin who moves to tight-head. The rest of the pack is unchanged with Jordan Hopkins and Eva McCormack forming the second row, and Emily Gavin, Lily Brady and Grace Browne Moran completing the set.

    Captain Aoibheann Reilly and Meabh Deely renew their half-back partnership, while there's a change at centre with Niamh Kenny coming in alongside Beibhinn Parsons. Finola Collins also comes in on the wing, with Hannah Guillane and Aine Galvin completing the back three.


    1 Laura Feely (Capt) – Galwegians
    2 Moya Griffin – Tullamore
    3 Annmarie O’Hora – Castlebar
    4 Denise Redmond – Galwegians
    5 Amelie Roux – Galwegians
    6 Tara Buggie – Galwegians
    7 Edel McMahon – Galwegians
    8 Nichola Fryday – Galwegians
    9 Mary Healy – Galwegians
    10 Nicole Fowley – Galwegians
    11 Orla Dixon – NUIG
    12 Shannon Touhy – Galwegians
    13 Catherine Martin – Suttonians
    14 Jill Draper – Tullamore
    15 Mairead Coyne – Galwegians

    16 Ciara O’Connor – Galwegians
    17 Elizabeth McNicholas – Tuam
    18 Julia Bauer – Suttonians
    19 Nicola Caldbeck – Tullow
    20 Clodagh Dunne – Old Belvedere
    21 Hilary Griffin – Tullow
    22 Jane O’Neill – Old Belvedere
    23 Rachel Healy – Railway Union


    1 Macy McDermott - Westport RFC
    2 Mia Fahy - Ballinasloe RFC
    3 Mary McLaughlin - Westport RFC
    4 Jordan Hopkins - Ballinasloe RFC
    5 Eva McCormack - Westport RFC
    6 Emily Gavin - Ballinasloe RFC
    7 Lily Brady - Westport RFC
    8 Grace Browne Moran - Westport RFC
    9 Aoibheann Reilly (Capt)- Ballinasloe RFC
    10 Meabh Deely - Ballinasloe RFC
    11 Hannah Gullane - Ballinasloe RFC
    12 Niamh Kenny - Ballinasloe RFC
    13 Béibhinn Parsons - Ballinasloe RFC
    14 Finola Collins - Ballina RFC
    15 Aine Galvin - Ballinasloe RFC

    16 Kayley Mannion - Westport RFC
    17 Claudia McNicholas - Ballinasloe RFC
    18 Sarah O’Rourke - Buccaneers RFC
    19 Hannah Johnston - Sligo RFC
    20 Nina Mathastein - Westport RFC
    21 Ava Ryder - Westport RFC
    22 Rian Callaghan - Buccaneers RFC
    23 Victoria Farrell - Buccaneers RFC

  • AIL Division 2C 
    Tullamore 17-36 Ballina

  • Connacht Junior Rugby League 1A 
    Ballina 38-5 Connemara 

  • Connacht Junior Rugby Cup Final 
    Ballina 43-7 Sligo

    Other rugby news. Castlebar have secured a playoff for promotion to Div 1A after beating Ballinrobe and securing the bonus point.

    Three tries from Sean Tonra and one from Liam Molloy added to well-hit kicks from Ronan Conway set up a playoff against Galwegians. 

  • AIL Qualifier
    Ballina 45-26 Bandon

  • AIL Division 2C 

    Ballina 39-10 City of Derry 


  • AIL Division 2C 
    Ballina 20-7 Malahide 

  • AIL Division 2C
    Ballina 35-20 Thomand 

  • AIL Division 2C 
    Ballina 26-7 City of Derry

  • AIL

    Ballina 23 Omagh 19

  • Ballina will look to continue their perfect start  to life back in the All-Ireland League aiming  to get their fourth straight win in Division 2C tomorrow afternoon.

    Following a break last weekend, the Moysiders will travel to face Bruff in Limerick with kick-off at 2.30pm.

    Ballina are in second spot in the league, and they now trail pace-setters Midleton by just a point.

  • Ballina Rugby Club are seeking the help of anyone, near or far, in order to beat the weather and make sure one of the biggest games of the year is played this weekend.

    With weather conditions deteriorating rapidly, the club is making every effort to have their Heffernan Park pitch playable for Sunday's crucial top-of-the-table junior league game with Connemara.
    This morning, club President, William O'Connor has sent out a plea asking for help from the local farming community or agri suppliers.
    "A few years ago Connacht Rugby were in a similar position and they got a supplier to donate straw so that they could cover the pitch and make sure a big game could go ahead. 
    Today, we're wondering if there's anyone, or a group of people, out there who might help us in the same way.
    "If we could get enough straw to cover the pitch, we'd round up a band of volunteers who would help spread it on the surface and keep the ground soft.
    We want the game to go ahead and are doing everything we can to make sure it does. However, we need the help of the community on this occasion. I hope there's somebody out there who can help us."
    Any offers of help can be made by contacting 087 9394255
  • Ballina’s senior squad are all set for a return to rugby on Saturday.

    The men in green travel to Corinthian Park in Galway to take on the home side.

    First Team coach, JP Walsh, will bring a squad full of young talent and a sprinkling of experience to Corrib-side and will be looking for a big performance from all involved.

    Kick off in Galway is at 2.30pm.

  • AIL Qualifier 

    Ballina 41 Instonians 18

  • AIL Division 2C 
    Bruff 26-18 Ballina 

  • Iain Henderson will captain the Lions for the first time when Warren Gatland's face the Sharks in Johannesburg on Wednesday in the second of eight Tour matches.

    Connacht's Bundee Aki is also named in the starting 15, while Tour Captain Conor Murray is named amongst the replacements.

    Tadhg Furlong, Tadhg Beirne and Jack Conan are also named on the bench.


  • Ballina Rugby Club received a special delivery this week, as Caelan Doris presented his home club with his first Ireland jersey.

    Caelan first lined out for Ballina at an Aviva Minis festival in 2010.

    Ten years later, he won his first international cap for Ireland.

    He has presented both the Irish U-20 jersey he wore in the 2017 Six Nations Championship and his first Irish senior jersey from his debut against Scotland last February to his home club - with an inscription on the senior jersey thanking the Ballina club for the great memories and solid foundations.

    Chairman of Ballina Rugby FC Alan Rowe says the presentation is a very special moment in the history of Ballina Rugby Club, and has given everyone a great lift.

    He said "to be able to hang Caelan's jersey in the clubhouse means a lot to us".


  • Castlebar have won promotion to the J1A League by defeating Galwegians 20-18 in the playoff today. 

  • Honda as official partner of the PRO14 Final are giving one Under 12 team from each province the chance to play at half time at the PRO14 Final at the Aviva Stadium on the 26 May in front of 50,000 rugby supporters. To enter the competition a two minute video from the Under 12 team had to be submitted and three finalists from each province were selected.

    The Claremorris Colts RFC Under 12 team have been selected as one of the Finalists from Connacht – but they need your vote to win.

    So give the chance to Claremorris Colts RFC Under 12 team to play at half time with Honda at the PRO14 Final at the Aviva Stadium – please vote for their video by logging on to

    The team with the most votes from each province will then play another club from a different province on the day.


  • Connacht and Ulster clash in the Guinness PRO14 this evening.

    Caolin Blade captains Connacht from scrum-half.

    Ulster have made 13 changes for the derby, with Will Addison set to return from suspension.

    Kick-off is at 7.35pm at Kingspan Stadium in Belfast.