The history of Ionians is a little blurred. There was a club, Ionians RUFC, formed in 1926; Hull and East Riding were formed in 1901. Hull Ionians was formed in 1989 following the merger of Hull and East Riding with Ionians. There was controversy at the time as some of the members of Hull and ER merged with Old Hymerians to form Hull RUFC. Other clubs were also involved and it was a bit messy.
Things have improved recently and both Hulls now play in National Division 2 North. The I’s have been a bit of a Yo-Yo side over the last few years bouncing between Nat 1 and Nat 2, but this campaign see them well established in the league with four wins from six and lying 6th place.
Dale continue to play an exciting brand of rugby but (apart from the Blaydon game) have been unable to keep the momentum going for the full 80 minutes.
We also welcome Investec to the ground who are the Match Day sponsors.
KO 3PM and team details to follow soon!