Banbridge RFC

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Banbridge RFC
Full name Banbridge Rugby Football Club
Union IRFU
Ulster
Nickname(s) Bann
Founded 1926
Ground(s) Rifle Park, Banbridge
President Noel Thompson
Coach(es) New Zealand Daniel Soper

Banbridge RFC (Banbridge Rugby Football Club) is a rugby union club based in Banbridge, County Down, in the province of Ulster. It currently plays in Division 2A of the Ulster Bank All Ireland League. In addition to the senior team, the club fields another four adult junior-standard teams, and youth U19, U17, U15 and U13 teams, as well as a large mini rugby section.

Formation[edit]

Late in 1925, a group of former Banbridge Academy pupils interested in the game of rugby, got together to form a team to play Newry. The date of that historic first game was 2 January 1926. One of the players in that first game was F. E. McWilliam; later the well known Irish surrealist sculptor.

Banbridge spent the next 72 years in the ranks of Ulster junior rugby, with mixed fortunes.

Honours[edit]

Senior status[edit]

At the end of the 1997-98 season, Banbridge won the round-robin play-offs against the other provincial qualifying champions Naas, Monivea and Midleton. Their victory secured promotion to Division Four of the All Ireland League for the 1998-99 season. They have remained as an AIL senior club since then.

Touring Team[edit]

  • The Club also have a touring team called the Bluesox that have travelled to Oldham, Newcastle, Cardiff, Edinburgh, The Netherlands, Isle of Man, Czech Republic, Uxbridge, Estonia, Blackpool. Germany, Devon, Germany, Portugal, Irvine,Italy and Leeds since 1997. In 2013 the team are going back to Cardiff.

Notable Current players[edit]

Notable Past players[edit]

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