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.
NUIG Rugby players and coaches with the 2013 Maughan Scally Intervarsity Cup, after defeating UCC 24-0 in the final.
The Club has top class facilities for training and competitive matches located at Dangan on the main University campus. The University boasts a state of the art gym and physical conditioning facility at its Kingfisher Club.
The University also operates a Sports Scholarship Programme aimed at attracting talented sports men and women to the University and the rugby club has had several players awarded such funding in recent years.
NUIG Women’s team attack the UL line in the All Ireland Colleges final.
Training has started again for the U21 and Junior teams. The men’s team train every Tuesday and Thursday (changing room 6) at 6pm in Dangan (on the field for 6 o’clock sharp). The U21s field as a combined team: NUIG-Corinthians, with AIL Division 1b Club Corinthians RFC. Training for the NUIG-Corinthians U21s takes place every Tuesday in Dangan (changing room 7) and Thursday in Cloonacauneen (Corinthians RFC), on the pitch on both evenings for 7pm. Transport from College is arranged for U21s players to Corinthians RFC on the Tuam Road every Thursday for training. Team gym sessions with the under 21s take place on arranged days.
NUIG-Corinthians U21s in action in their league win over Thomond.
In September 2011, NUIG established a Youth Academy, which has been going from strength to strength, recently winning their first silverware.
History Makers: the NUIG Rugby Youth Academy u13s squad and coaches celebrate their success last season, as the first side to win a trophy for the Club at underage level, since the NUIG Rugby Youth Academy was established in 2011.
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 and University of Mary Washington (UMW) rugby squads following UMW’s exciting 2013 Irish tour fixture v College in Dangan, which NUIG won 24-17.
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.