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The ROBRFC Coaching Staff

With the new rugby season already under way, Rainey Old Boys are back in training (Tuesday & Thursday 7:00pm) with good numbers turning out.  U18 and U16 training also gets underway on Wednesday 7th August at 7:30pm.  Everyone welcome, particularly anyone wishing to have a go at rugby.  The club will be fielding four sides this season.

 

Rainey will be meeting three teams in Division 2A that they have never played before and can expect a very interesting, but tough time at this level.  There will be no easy games in this league, which has clubs such as Ballymena, UL.Bohemians, Dolphin and Buccaneers who, not that long ago, were locking horns with the top teams in the country.  With Ballymena and Queen's Univ. the only other Ulster sides in 2A, Rainey face two long trips to both counties Limerick and Tipperary, as well as travelling to Cork, Westmeath and Kildare.  It promises to be a very competitive league, with all teams capable of beating each other.  The Hatrick Park faithful would appear to be in for a treat.

 

The AIL kicks off on October 5th when Rainey head south to meet Nenagh.  Buccaneers, from Athlone, come to Magherafelt the following week.  Then it's off to Limerick city where they play Bohs at the University grounds.  In the run up to the AIL Rainey hope to entertain Clogher Valley in midweek in the annual Derek Lee Memorial Trophy run out before they play Dromore at home on August 24.

 

In Section A of the Ulster League they face Ballynahinch at home on August 31, with games against Queen's (h) and Ballymena (a) in September.  Over the Christmas period, Banbridge (h) and Malone (a) provide the opposition.  A bye in the first round of the Senior Cup means that Rainey have a quarter-final tie on September 21.

 

Knowing that a few of their regulars would not be available this season for various reasons, the recruitment committee have done well to find some quality replacements who should make an impact when they settle in.  An added bonus is the availability of big second-row Ronan McCusker who is not due to return to the US until mid-November.