Rugby League Ireland

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Rugby League Ireland
Rli logo.jpeg
Founded 1st November 1988
Formerly named Ireland Rugby League[1]
RLIF affiliation 2000
RLEF affiliation Full Member[2]
Responsibility Ireland and Northern Ireland
Headquarters KSI House, 10 Whitefriars, Aungier Street Dublin 1,
Key people Dr Michael Molloy[3] (Chair)
Website rli.ie
Ireland
As of 1 July 2009

Rugby League Ireland (RLI) is the internationally recognised governing body for the development of rugby league football in Ireland,[4] having secured official recognition from the RLIF in 2000. It is recognised within the Irish Sports Council and took over the running of the international team entirely in 2008 for the World Cup.

History[edit]

The seed of modern-day rugby league in Ireland was sown when in 1989 the Dublin Blues were formed and founded by Brian Corrigan. They consisted mostly of rugby union players who wanted to stay fit over the summer. The Blues competed against touring teams from Britain and surprised many of the touring sides with the quality of their play, scoring many memorable victories over British amateur opposition.

In early 1995 the British Rugby Football League development arm financed the position of a Development Officer for Ireland, providing a massive boost to the development of the game. In the same year Ireland formed its very first competitive team to play against the USA in Washington DC on St. Patrick's Day. Ireland won 24–22.

Competitive matches were established between teams in Leinster and Ulster: Schoolboy matches were played between Dublin and Belfast schools, Open Age Clubs competed against each other in the All-Ireland Challenge Cup. Teams included Belfast Wildcats and Bangor Vikings from Ulster. From Leinster there were Dublin-based Dublin Blues, North Side Saints, Tallaght Tigers,[5] Churchtown Warriors, Seapoint Sharks and Bray-based East Coast Panthers. From Munster the Cork Bulls were formed under the guidance of Ex-Dublin Blues stalwart Peter McNamara. Northside Saints and Cork Bulls had their successes but the long-established Dublin Blues were always pre-eminent and there or thereabouts when it came to the trophy presentations.

The modern-day Rugby League Ireland was formed in 2001 initially in Leinster and Munster conferences, prior to this the competition was known as Ireland Rugby League,[1] though after a season the league reverted to a national competition for two seasons before the conferences were reintroduced for 2004.

In 2006 the Leinster and Munster conferences were abandoned in favour of an all-Ireland league, but conference play was reintroduced for the 2007 season, this time on a North/South basis, below the Elite division.

For 2008 two national divisions operate, the Carnegie League and the Emerald Rugby National Conference.

In 2009 the Emerald National Conference has been replaced by the Emerald League run on a merit league basis [1]. However, the Emerald League is unlikely to run in 2009 and it is hoped it will run in the future. Also a separate Northern Ireland league has been re-established.

In 2010 the Provincial Conferences were re instated with the Leinster, Munster and Ulster Conferences. A total of 17 teams competed during the season.

The Conference Champions were: Ulster – Ballynahinch Rabbitohs, Leinster – Dublin City Exiles, Munster – Treaty City Titans

The same format of provincial competitions has run since 2010 and remains in place.

Flag[edit]

England v Ireland 2013 RLWC
Four Provinces Flag of Ireland

The Irish rugby league team draws its players from across the Island of Ireland. At the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, the Ireland team entered the field of play at the beginning of their matches with the Four Provinces Flag of Ireland.[6]

Current teams for 2013 Season[edit]

Leinster League[edit]

Munster League[edit]

Ulster league[edit]

  • NB: Ballinahinch Rabbitohs, North Down Bull Sharks, Portadown Pumas, Antrim Eels and Fermanagh Redskins all failed to start the season

Teams in past seasons of the league[edit]

2001[edit]

  • Leinster Conference: Dublin Blues, Dublin City Exiles, Clontarf, Churchtown Warriors
  • Munster Conference: Cork Bulls, Suir Valley Saints, Carbury Crusaders, West Munster Kings

2002[edit]

  • Cork Bulls, Dublin Blues, Dublin City Exiles, Churchtown Warriors, North Kildare Knights, East Coast Eagles

2003[edit]

  • Cork Bulls, Dublin Blues, Dublin City Exiles, Churchtown Warriors, North Kildare Knights, East Coast Eagles

2004[edit]

  • Leinster Conference: Dublin Blues, Dublin City Exiles, Churchtown Warriors, East Coast Eagles, Clontarf Bulls, Kildare Dragons
  • Munster Conference: Cork Bulls, Middleton Devils, Kilkenny Wildcats, Waterford Vikings, Kerry Kings, Treaty City Titans
  • NB: Middleton Devils never started the season.

2005[edit]

  • Leinster Conference (West): Kildare Dragons, Tullamore Knights, Portloaise Panthers, Athlone Arrows, Athboy Longhorns
  • Leinster Conference (East): Dublin Blues, Dublin City Exiles, East Coast Eagles, Ashbourne
  • Ulster Conference: Portadown Pumas
  • Munster Conference: Cork Bulls, Kilkenny Wildcats, Waterford Vikings, Kerry Kings, Treaty City Titans
  • NB: Ashbourne and Athlone Arrows failed to start the season and therefore the Leinster (West), Leinster (East) and Ulster conferences were merged into one Leinster Conference.

2006[edit]

  • Kildare Dragons, Tullamore Knights, Portloaise Panthers, Athlone Arrows, Athboy Longhorns, Dublin Blues, Dublin City Exiles, North Dublin Eagles, Portadown Pumas, Cork Bulls, Kilkenny Wildcats, Waterford Vikings, Treaty City Titans, Malahide Lions
  • NB: Cork Bulls and Malahide Lions failed to start the season with Carlow Crusaders being brought in as a replacement for Cork Bulls.

2007[edit]

  • Elite Division: Carlow Crusaders, Treaty City Titans, North Dublin Eagles, Dublin Blues, Kildare Dragons
  • North Division: Dublin City Exiles, Portadown Pumas, Athboy Longhorns, Athlone Arrows, Tallaght Tigers
  • South Division: Tullamore Knights, Portlaoise Panthers, Kilkenny Wildcats, Galway Tribesmen, Carlow Crusaders B
  • NB: Galway Tribesmen failed to start the season and were replaced by Treaty City Spartans. Kildare Dragons and Athboy Longhorns failed to complete the season.

2008[edit]

  • Elite Division: Carlow Crusaders, Treaty City Titans, North Dublin Eagles, Dublin City Exiles, Portadown Pumas, Tullamore Knights
  • National Conference: Landsowne Blues, Athlone Arrows, Tallaght Tigers, Portlaoise Panthers, Kilkenny Wildcats, Carlow Crusaders B, Ballinahinch Bulls, North Dublin Eagles B, Western Warriors
  • NB: Landsowne Blues, Athlone Arrows, Ballinahinch Bulls and North Dublin Eagles B failed to complete the season

2009[edit]

  • Elite League: Carlow Crusaders, Treaty City Titans, North Dublin Eagles, Dublin City Exiles, Tullamore Knights, Laois Panthers
  • Rugby League Merit League: Tallaght Tigers
  • Northern Ireland League: Portadown Pumas, Ballinahinch Bulls, East Belfast Bulldogs, Strangford Sharks

2010[edit]

  • Ulster Conference: Portadown Pumas, Ballynahinch Rabbitohs, East Belfast Bulldogs, Strangford Sharks, Fermanagh Redskins, Antrim Storm
  • Leinster Conference: Carlow Crusaders, North Dublin Eagles, Dublin City Exiles, Tullamore Knights, Laois Panthers, Tallaght Tigers, Athboy, Wicklow Vikings
  • Munster Conference: Treaty City Titans, Cork Bulls, Bruff, Cashel
  • NB:Antrim Storm, Tallaght Tigers and Cashel failed to start the season. However, University of Limerick Bohs replaced Cashel in the Munster Conference

2011[edit]

  • Ulster Division 1: Ballynahinch Rabbitohs, East Belfast Bulldogs, Strangford Sharks, Fermanagh Redskins
  • Ulster Division 2 Portadown Pumas, Ballynahinch Rabbitohs A (Dungannon and Mid-Ulster Mavericks failed to start the season)
  • Munster Conference: Treaty City Titans, Cork Bulls, Country Cowboys, West Coast Warriors
  • Leinster Division 1: Carlow Crusaders, North Dublin Eagles, Dublin City Exiles, Edenderry Boghogs
  • Leinster Division 2: Athboy, Ballyfermot Bears, Kildare Dragons, Wicklow Vikings (Wicklow Vikings failed to start the season and were replaced by Tallaght Tigers)

2012[edit]

  • Ulster League: Ballynahinch Rabbitohs, Belfast Bulldogs, Strangford Sharks, Fermanagh Redskins, Antrim Eels, Portadown Pumas, Maiden City Broncos, Ballynahinch Bunnies (North Coast Boomers failed to start the season)
  • Leinster League: Ashbourne Stags, Athboy Longhorns, Ballyfermot Bears, Clondalkin Crusaders, Dublin City Exiles, Tallaght Tigers, Portarlington Wolverines
  • Munster League: Treaty City Titans, Cork Bulls, Country Cowboys, West Coast Warriors, Galway Tribesmen

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "History of rugby league in Ireland". Rugby League Ireland. Archived from the original on 17 January 2010. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 
  2. ^ RLEF. "Overview". RLEF. Retrieved 30 June 2009. 
  3. ^ RLI. "RLI Contacts". RLI. Retrieved 30 June 2009. 
  4. ^ Hickey, Julia (2006). Understanding Rugby League. UK: Coachwise. p. 11. ISBN 978-1-905540-10-5. Retrieved 20 February 2011. 
  5. ^ Tallaght Tigers
  6. ^ http://www.rli.ie/