Enniskillen duo make McWilliams’ 43-player squad

Enniskillen players Sophie Barrett and India Daley have been called into a 43-player squad for the inaugural Celtic Challenge competition. Ireland Head Coach Greg McWilliams named his Combined Provinces squad on Monday. Eighteen year-old Barrett said she wasn’t expecting the call-up; “It’s really good to get picked for it, it’s high-level rugby, so it’ll be […]

Baloucoune in Ireland squad for autumn internationals

IRELAND coach Andy Farrell has named Robert Baloucoune in his 37-man Ireland squad for the upcoming autumn internationals.   Enniskillen’s Baloucoune who has two caps for Ireland recently  featured on the Emerging Ireland tour. Farrell has named six uncapped players in the squad; Ciaran Frawley, Jeremy Loughman, Joe McCarthy, Calvin Nash, Jimmy O’Brien and Cian […]

Farrell stood down by Munster over French court case

IRELAND rugby union international Chris Farrell from Fivemiletown has been stood down with immediate effect by Munster amid a legal case in France. The Bordeaux Court of Appeal in France confirmed last week the centre, who has made 15 appearances for Ireland, had been charged with the alleged non-prevention of crime in the Grenoble rugby club rape […]

‘The Cat’ that got the cream

IF anyone deserved a beer, Robert Baloucoune did, after his debut performance for Ireland on Saturday. A ‘few sociable’s’ was had on Sunday as Baloucoune enjoyed his postmatch Dublin drinks.   “I definitely did. It was quite nice to take a wee while away from rugby, but it is all good now,” he laughed.   […]

Baloucoune dreaming of first senior Ireland cap

ONE person who has always been by Robert Baloucoune’s side is his mother, Shirley. With the 23 year-old now on the cusp of getting his first Ireland cap, Shirley Baloucoune has the bags packed, the hotel booked and the tickets sorted, for Ireland’s upcoming game against Japan at the Aviva Stadium, on Saturday afternoon. “My […]

Tries and tractors with Ireland rugby player Boles

When Claire Boles got word via e-mail of Adam Griggs’ 35 player-squad her first reaction was to call home. Her parents Deborah and David were delighted with the news that their daughter had done enough to make the cut.    “They see all the hard work you put in behind the scenes, especially over lockdown […]