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After almost six months of relative inactivity, Rainey Old Boys are now back in training for another season, which starts later than usual and has had to be tweaked around quite a bit in view of the uncertainty of the situation.  All rugby fans are looking forward to a return to action, while fully aware that things could turn pear-shaped at any time.


With Ulster and Ireland facing a hectic schedule in the autumn, the AIL will not start until January.  No changes have been made to the teams in each division, which is very tough on the sides who were odds-on for promotion late last season.  Clubs will only play each other once, with Rainey enjoying home advantage on only four occasions.  There will be no promotion or relegation.

Director of Rugby, Brian Smyth and Head Coach, John Andrews are delighted to announce Ronan McCusker as our 1st XV/Club Captain for season 2020/21.


Ronan has played with the club since underage level and has represented Ulster A as well as stints playing in the USA. The McCusker family have a proud history within Rainey Old Boys as Ronan played on the 1st XV with his 3 brothers, Phillip, Michael and John in the promotion season of 2016/17 and their father Ronan (Chico) who also played for and captained the 1st XV in the 80s and 90s, all the while supported on the sidelines by their mother and wife, Carol.

 

The Club are delighted to have Ronan as 1st XV Captain and look forward to the season and wish him well for the year ahead.

As the business end of the season looms ahead, Rainey Old Boys face a demanding schedule from Saturday until the end of February.  Having clinched the SONI Premiership Section 1 title before Christmas with an impressive home win over Banbridge, they chose to field a shadow outfit in a meaningless fixture against Malone at Gibson Park and were duly hammered.  This decision has been criticised in some quarters, but, in view of the difficult programme that lies ahead, it is perfectly understandable that the squad were given a welcome break.