A founding member club of the IRFU in 1874, NUIG RFC (formerly UCG RFC) is the rugby club on campus. The Club currently competes in the AIL Under 21, Intervarsity 2nds, Connacht Junior League, Women’s Connacht League and Women’s Intervarsity Championships.
Last season, the men’s team won the Maughan Scally Intervarsity Competition and the Women’s side contested the All Ireland Colleges final, losing narrowly to the University of Limerick. Two of the junior men’s team, David Ryan, centre, and Cillian Waldron, full back, were also selected for the Connacht Junior Squad and both played for Connacht in the 2013 junior interprovincial series.
The Club has top class facilities for training and competitive matches located at Dangan on the main University campus. In September 2011, NUIG established a Youth Academy, which has been going from strength to strength, recently winning their first silverware.
New players are always welcome, with players from rugby clubs and colleges/universities internationally frequently playing for College. In the 2012-2013 season, players from the USA, Spain and Germany played for the Club. In March, NUIG Rugby was delighted to host the University of Mary Washington Rugby Club, from Fredericksburg, Virginia. NUIG Rugby will be going on a significant international rugby tour this season: ‘The Two Bulls Tour 2014′ – details to be announced soon!
As a founding member club of the IRFU in 1874, NUIG (formerly UCG) has a proud history and tradition in Connacht and Irish rugby. Our ethos as a club is very welcoming/inclusive and to promote the game of rugby, as a competitive and recreational activity. There are opportunities to play rugby at a range of competitive levels on campus; the Club will also be fielding a men’s seconds team this season. While the Club is based on campus, and represents the University, it is also open to players who are not students.