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Instonians Rugby Newsletter – Tuesday 5th April


Recent results / events


Saturday 26th March


Carlsberg still on tap for Instonians


1st XV win 38-6 against Newcastle West in Energia All Ireland League Play off Semi-final

Full match report on club website



Now onto the Energia All Ireland League Play Final

Saturday 9th April

Instonians 1st XV v Bective Rangers 1st XV

2.30pm Kick off

At Dundalk RFC


2nd XV could not field a team to travel and play Clogher 2nd XV in the league.

We had a squad of 23 down at Navan, plus those not playing wanted to come down and support.


3rd XV no game


U21s XV no game but were present at Navan in a loud way!!



Sunday 27th March


U18s Lost 19-31 to touring side Biggar RFC

Instonians hosted a strong Biggar RFC from South Lanarkshire on Sunday.

Despite a slow start, the friendly played in 3 x 20 minute periods the home side were 19-5 down at the end of the first period, clawing it back to 19-19 at the end of the 2nd.

In the 3rd quarter the home side were dealt a double yellow and ended up losing 31-19. 

Man of the Match performance once again this week was James Pepper.

The team then hosted the Biggar team in a post-match meal put on by Chris Pallin and a few refreshments before we said our farewells as they headed back to Scotland early evening.

A great occasion for both teams with great home support and weather befitting a fast flowing game of rugby


Monday 4th April

U14s won 19-12 against an English Touring side



Upcoming fixtures

Sat 9th April


Minis host with Cooke a blitz at Shawsbridge

Many visiting clubs

Shawsbridge will be buzzing!!

P2 to P4           9.00am to 11.30am

P5 to P7           12.30pm to 14.00pm



U18s XV v Omagh U18s XV

Ulster U18 XV Shield Final

2.20pm Kick off

Meadowbanks Arena




1st XV v Bective Rangers 1st XV

Energia All Ireland League Play Off Final


At Dundalk

After an unbeaten league campaign

After a great semi-final win

Now we all need to be there at the Final

This team certainly deserves you being there!


Everyone to Dundalk RFC to cheer on the 1st XV


Details of supporter’s bus for the All Ireland League Play off Final:
Supporters coach
Leave Shawsbridge at 12.45pm

Kick off 2.30pm
Email interest to
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The biggest match at Instonians RFC for years.

Do not miss it!!


2nd XV no game


3rd XV home to Ballynahinch 4th XV

Foster Plate Final

It is a big game and the 3rd XV are hopeful of some silverware.

If you aren’t able to get down to Dundalk, get yourself down to Shawsbridge to support.

Obviously it will be the place to be when the 1st XV, 3rd XV and the U18 XV win their games!!


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 Playoff Final – 9th April

Hello all
This Saturday, Instonians RFC 1st XV have their most important rugby match in a decade!
We face Bective at the neutral ground of Dundalk RFC this coming Saturday 9th April with kick off at 2.30pm.
The winner of this match will be promoted back into the All Ireland League!
Your very vocal support would be very much appreciated at this game to carry the lads through what will undoubtedly be a tough 80 mins.
As such, the club is laying on coaches to ferry our supporters to and from Dundalk.
Coaches will be leaving Shawsbridge at 12.45 and returning at 6pm.
Make it a family day out! Bring a picnic and support your club!”

If you are interested in a free seat, 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


U21s Easter Monday Tournament – Monday 18th April

Details to follow

Instonians Fundraising Ball – Fri 13th May

Only 20 tickets left!!


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


Congratulations to Jacob Boyd on Ireland U18s Schools selection

Details on IRFU website: