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Ulster Rugby v Glasgow Warriors postponed

PRO14 Rugby can confirm that this Friday’s Round 17 fixture between Ulster Rugby and Glasgow Warriors has been postponed until the weekend of 20th-22nd April.

Because of the travel implications, an early decision was made after consultation with both clubs due of the severe weather warnings in place across Ireland and the UK. The health and safety of supporters, players and staff is always paramount when considering the postponement of a fixture.

Significant Disruptions

Glasgow Airport has experienced significant disruptions today (including closure) and due to extreme weather and with further inclement conditions forecast for Friday night in Belfast, those travelling to the stadium would likely be exposed to hazardous conditions which raises welfare concerns.

It is in the best interests of the players, staff and supporters of both clubs to postpone the fixture until the weekend of 20th-22nd April. Details about kick-off time and exact date will be released as soon as possible.

We would ask supporters for their understanding on this postponement and hope that any inconvenience caused is minor compared to the impact of making this decision closer to kick-off.

Retain Tickets

Ulster Rugby has asked supporters to retain their tickets as they will be valid for the rearranged game. Refunds are available from the point of purchase until Saturday 3rd March at 5pm.

For further ticket information, please contact the Ulster Rugby Ticket Office on 028 9049 3222 (option 2) or via tickets@ulsterrugby.com

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#READYFORRUGBY Support Webinars: Registration Open

IRFU Participation Rugby Operations Manager David Keane said:

“These are the first of a wider series of support webinars we’ll be making available to clubs and schools over the coming weeks and months. The feedback on this format has been really positive and they provide a new way for the IRFU and provinces to engage directly with clubs and schools.”

“COVID-19 Safety Planning is the first consideration for anyone who wants to be get ready for rugby. Once those plans are in place, non-contact rugby will be the first format of the game we’re likely to see up and running. The content of these webinars reflect this and are designed to get our communities back in action as soon as permitted.”

#ReadyForRugby Support Webinar 2: How To Run A Touch Rugby Competition Within Your Club

Time: Thursday 25th March 2021, 13:00 – 13:30

Registration Link: http://bit.ly/RFR-Web-2

Presenters:

Suitable For:

  • Adult & Age-Grade Coaches
  • Team Managers, COVID-19 Club/School Safety Officers & Compliance Officers
  • Club Officers & Volunteers

Touch rugby competitions within a club or school are a proven way to offer fun and competitive playing opportunities that are compliant with public health measures and focus on skill and athletic development.

This webinar will run you through the basics of touch rugby, how to prepare for members’ return and how to set up competitions within your club.

#ReadyForRugby Support Webinar 3: Making Your Club An Amenity For Your Community

Time: Monday 29th March 2021, 13:00 – 13:30

Registration Link: http://bit.ly/RFR-Web-3

Presenters:

  • Anne Marie Hughes (IRFU Spirit Of Rugby Manager)
  • Portarlington RFC Case Study
  • Ballynahinch RFC Case Study

Suitable For:

  • Club Officers & Volunteers

Featuring working case studies, this webinar will look at how clubs are using their facilities to provide an outlet for wellbeing and physical activity to the wider community. It will also provide details of government campaigns that support this type of activity.

#ReadyForRugby Support Webinar 4: An Introduction To Coaching Touch Rugby

Time: Thursday 1st April 2021, 13:00 – 13:30

Registration Link: http://bit.ly/RFR-Web-4

Presenters:

Suitable For:

  • Adult & Age-Grade Coaches
  • Team Managers
  • Club Officers & Volunteers

This webinar is designed to help clubs and schools who want to know more about touch rugby as an offering to players for skill development, fitness and fun. It will provide an overview of resources available for first-time coaches of touch rugby.

#ReadyForRugby Support Webinar 5: RugbyConnect Refresher For Administrators

Time: Tuesday 6th April 2021, 13:00 – 13:30

Registration Link: http://bit.ly/RFR-Web-5

Presenters:

  • Lucy Mulhall (IRFU)

Suitable For:

  • Club and School Administrators
  • Club Officers & Volunteers

RugbyConnect is the IRFU’s online administration system for clubs and schools. This webinar will walk through updates to the system and help refresh knowledge for clubs and schools ahead of any return to rugby activity.

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Former All Black Craig Newby Signs As Ulster’s New Skills Coach

“The positive environment at Ulster, together with how the club is run – both on and off the field – are what I am looking forward to being a part of when I join later this year. By bringing my personality and skillset as a coach to the role, I hope to build on the great work already underway.”

New Zealand-born, Craig Newby, will take up the role of Skills Coach for Ulster Rugby this summer ahead of the commencement of the 2021/22 season after signing a 1-year deal with the province.

With an extensive rugby career to-date, Newby is set to join Ulster as Skills Coach from his current role as Director of Rugby at St John’s School in Leatherhead.

A back-rower in his playing days back in New Zealand – which included a stint captaining the Highlanders and representing his home country as an All Black – Newby made the move to England in 2008 when he signed for Leicester Tigers, and was part of the side that won the Premiership Final during his first season at the club.

Since making the move into coaching, the 41-year-old has gone on to hold a number of positions within the English National Leagues, and was with the NEC Japan Top League as Forwards and Defence Coach for a season. Newby also currently holds the role of England U20 Women’s Forwards Coach and has been involved in the coaching set-up for both the Wasps U18s and Harlequins U16s.

On the signing, Ulster Rugby Head Coach, Dan McFarland, said:

“I look forward to welcoming Craig, and to working alongside him as he makes the role his own and plays his part in our ambitions going forward as a squad.”

Commenting on his new role, Craig Newby, added:

“The positive environment at Ulster, together with how the club is run – both on and off the field – are what I am looking forward to being a part of when I join later this year. By bringing my personality and skillset as a coach to the role, I hope to build on the great work already underway.”

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