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Audi Athlone will remain as title sponsor to Buccaneers Rugby Football Club for a ninth conscutive season, it was confirmed at a season launching function which took place in The Bounty recently.
Buccaneers kick off this season’s Energia All-Ireland League on Saturday afternoon when Queen’s University visit Dubarry Park, Athlone, with the action getting under way at 2.30pm. Much has changed since Buccs enjoyed the heady heights of Division 1A following promotion just a few seasons ago to now facing up to the formidable challenges of life in Division 2A.
Buccaneers All-Ireland League fixtures for the coming season have been announced by the IRFU.
Buccaneers 13 Naas 36
In their first game back on the national level, Ballina left it late, but they still picked up a victory over visitors Omagh in memorable fashion last weekend. New Zealander Chris O'Neill touched down with the final play of the game, to give the Heffernan Park outfit a 23-19 win over their Ulster opponents.
It was a frustrating start to the new All Ireland League for both Galway sides. Galwegians got nothing to show for their efforts after a highly entertaining division 2A game at Blackrock on Saturday, losing 30-20 having led with five minutes remaining, while Corinthians were unable to capitalise on home support, losing to Belfast Harlequins by 11-15 in division 2B.
BUCCANEERS commence their All Ireland League campaign with an intriguing home fixture against Naas in Dubarry Park on Saturday, kick off 2.30pm.
This season’s All Ireland League fixtures list has just been unveiled and Buccaneers open their AIL campaign with a tasty home fixture against Naas on October 6th. Their first away game follows on the 13th with a first ever match against Banbridge, the Co. Down club that has moved up the divisions in recent seasons.
Ballina continued their drive towards promotion to the Ulster Bank All Ireland League with a big 45-26 win over Bandon last weekend in Heffernan Park.
Buccaneers host Ballymena in a greatly anticipated Ulster Bank League showdown at Dubarry Park when Division 1B resumes after the lengthy festive break.