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Instonians Newsletter – Tuesday 29th March


Recent results / events


Wednesday 23rd March


3rd XV have dramatic win 19-12 away to Banbridge 4th XV in the league

Great team effort especially considering losing 2 players in an accidental head clash in the 1st minute.

The boys tackling was great, superb link up play and a desire to run the ball.

Banbridge had a kick to win right at the death and when they missed it instead of kicking it out for a draw we ran it back from behind our own line!!

After great link up play the final pass to Ben Chambers resulted in him running in from about the 10 yard line under the posts.

Try of the season for sure. Superb, simply superb


Saturday 26th March


If Carlsberg did Saturdays for a rugby club, this was certainly one for Instonians

Massive Rickety


Minis had coaching at 1pm and stayed on the cheer the 1st XV & 3rd XV in their big games.


U18s win 36-17 away to Malone U18s in the cup

U18XV had emphatic 6 try bonanza v a strong Malone U18XV in the Semi Final of the Ulster U18XV Shield

2 tries from each James Pepper & Matthew Sweet love.

1 from Ben Gray & Flynn Magee plus 3 conversions from Matthew Sweetlove.

MOM award went to James Pepper for his sterling efforts at Gibson Park in sweltering heat.

We are all looking forward to our final now at Meadowbank on Saturday 9th April


3rd XV win 22-3 at Home to Ballymoney 3rd XV in the Forster Plate Semi-final

The 3s reached the Forster Plate Final for the 3rd time in 7 years on Saturday with a dominant 22-3 victory over Ballymoney 3rds at Shaws Bridge.

Two tries from Toby Boyd and one from his centre partner Ben Chalmers.

As well as a typically accurate kicking display from the tee by full back Richard Maguire was enough to see the mighty 3s through to the final on Saturday 9th April where they will play a strong Ballynahinch 4th XV.


1st XV won 35-26 at home to Clogher Valley 1st XV to win the league!!

Full report on club website


Instonians - 1st XV Clinch the league with win against Clogher Valley!!


Now Instonians represent Ulster in the All Ireland Playoffs

They play the Munster Champions Newcastle West this Saturday

Saturday 2nd April

3pm Kick Off

Match being played at Navan RFC


1st XV full results & fixtures:

Instonians - 1st XV Fixtures and Results 2021-2022

1st XV League Table:

League – Page 161118 – Ulster Rugby (sportsmanager.ie)

2nd XV no game

2nd XV full results & fixtures:

Instonians - 2nd XV Results

2nd XV League Table:

League – Page 161124 – Ulster Rugby (sportsmanager.ie)


Upcoming fixtures

All teams really appreciate your support – do your best to be on the side-line


Sat 2nd April


Everyone to Navan RFC to cheer on the 1st XV


1st XV play Newcastle West

All Ireland League Semi-Final

Match being played at Navan RFC

3.00pm Kick off.


Winner of this semi-final goes into the final with the chance of getting into the All Ireland League

Other semi-final is Bective v Connemara All Blacks

Final is 9th April


Players coach leaves at 10.30am


Supporters coach leaves at 11.00am

Spaces limited, book through this link.



2nd XV away to Clogher Valley 2nd XV in the league

We have requested this match to be postponed until the end of the round robin fixtures.


3rd XV no game

Preparing for their Forster Plate Final

3rd XV home to Ballynahinch 4th XV


9th April

U21s no game

Preparing for some friendlies

Also preparing for the Instonains U21s Tournament

Easter Monday 18th April

Other information:


Supporters bus to 1st XV match – 2nd April

Supporters coach leaves at 11.00am

Spaces limited, book through this link.



U21s Easter Monday Tournament – Monday 18th April


Mini Rugby Party - Sunday 3rd April

Christmas party rescheduled


Instonians Fundraising Ball – Fri 13th May


Dear Instonian 

As you may have heard, our biggest fundraising event for many years is now rescheduled for Friday 13th May. With greatest living All Black, Sean Fitzpatrick as guest speaker, we are looking forward to a really exciting event. 

For the avoidance of any doubt, there is no requirement to arrange a full table. Individual tickets for the event are available at https://www.seahorsesminirugby.co.uk/product/fundraising-sports-dinner/

We have set aside a number of ‘club tables’ to ensure any Instonians buying individual tickets will spend the evening with some friendly faces. Please remember that partners are very welcome too. 

We are very lucky that the format remains the same and the full original line up is still intact as detailed below - 

  • Reception with bubbles and music 
  • 3 course meal with a selection of wines 
  • Guest speaker Sean Fitzpatrick - greatest living All Black 
  • Comedian Tim McGarry 
  • Lots of table fun and entertainment 
  • DJ and Dancing into the night 
  • Evening expertly compared by local Broadcaster Mark Simpson 
  • Whilst fundraising for Instonians, we are also using the night to support 'Friends of the Cancer Centre'. 

 If you need any further information please contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Neil Gillies

Mob: 07919 493 797

“Here Come the Girls” ladies lunch – Friday 20th May

Ladies. Delighted to announce that we have a new date for the postponed Ladies Event! It’s now on Friday 20 May at 6:30pm at the club.

It’s going to be amazing so get your tickets booked quickly!


Instonians Communication App

The Instonians Executive Committee have now received the final design proposal for Instonians 1App which will become the communications tool for all on and off pitch details for rugby, cricket and hockey. Development will start early February and is expected to be completed late spring.

Project Seahorse

Project Seahorse has been well received with generous donations coming in regularly. If you haven’t yet had a chance to view the rugby club video and consider making a donation, please have a look https://projectseahorse.co.uk/


Club Shop

Contact: Michael Fairbanks 0774 760 8021


Carlsbery time at Instonians – Join in!!

Instonians - Rugby having a "Carlsberg time" at Instonians