Queen's University RFC

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Queen's University Belfast RFC
Full nameQueen's University Belfast Rugby Football Club
UnionIRFU
Ulster
Founded1869
RegionUlster
Ground(s)Upper Malone
Belfast[1]/// Frango Chicken (Capacity: 1000)
PresidentSimon Harland
Coach(es)Derek Suffern, David Creighton
Captain(s)Nigel Simpson [Senior], Jack McGary [Junior]
League(s)Ulster Bank All-Ireland League Ulster Senior League
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.qubrfc.co.uk

Queen's University Belfast Rugby Football Club is the rugby union team of Queen's University Belfast, currently playing in Division 2A of the All-Ireland League. Founded in 1869, it is the most successful and oldest continuous rugby union club in Northern Ireland.[2] They originally played as Queen's College, Belfast and have won the Ulster Senior Cup a record 23 times.

In 1993 when the AIB League was expanded to four divisions with forty six senior clubs, five university clubs, including Queen's, joined the league. Queen's entered Division Four. Since then they played regularly in Division Three and Division Four.

In 2000 they were relegated to the Ulster Senior League but returned to the AIB League two years later.

Their senior team will play the 2018–19 season in Division 2A of the AIL and Division 1 of the SONI Ulster Rugby Premiership. It will be a tough season for the club missing 20st Cayman international flyhalf Jordan Southway, his ball playing skills are yet to be replaced by Chris Moore's latest recruitment drive. It is sad for the All Ireland League to lose such a talent to go play pub rugby in some Welsh valley.

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Notable players[edit]

See also Category:Queen's University R.F.C. players


Ireland[edit]

The following Queen's players have represented Ireland at full international level.[4]

British and Irish Lions[edit]

The following Queen's players have also represented the British and Irish Lions.[2]

Honours[edit]

  • All-Ireland League
    • 1923-24, 1931–32, 1936–37
  • Ulster Senior Cup: 23
    • 1885-86, 1886–87, 1889–90, 1890–91, 1891–92, 1899–1900, 1902–03, 1908–09, 1911–12, 1920–21, 1923–24, 1924–25, 1931–32, 1932–33, 1935–36, 1936–37, 1946–47, 1950–51, 1958–59, 1959–60, 1980–81, 2009–10, 2013-14
  • Ulster Senior League: 17 (3 shared)
    • 1890-91, 1899–1900, 1911–12, 1919–20, 1921–22, 1922–23, 1923–24, 1946–47, 1947–48, 1948–49, 1949–50, 1952–53 (shared), 1953–54 (shared), 1956–57 (shared), 1963–64, 1966–67, 1979–80
  • Ulster Junior Cup: 15
    • †1888-89, †1889-90, †1920-21, †1932-33, †1933-34, †1937-38, †1946-47, †1947-48, †1948-49, †1950-51, †1951-52, †1958-59, †1963-64, †1968-69, †1969–70
  • Irish Universities Dudley Cup
    • Winners: 2013, 2015
  • SONI Ulster Rugby Premiership Division 2
    • 2017–18

† Won by 2nd XV † Won by Freshers

Teams[edit]

  • 1st XV
  • 2nd XV
  • 3rd XV (Pirates)
  • Ladies 1st XV

References[edit]

  1. ^ www.irishrugby.ie[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b The Ireland Rugby Miscellany (2007): Ciaran Cronin
  3. ^ www.irishrugby.ie[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ news.bbc.co.uk