Ards RFC

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Ards RFC
Full name Ards Rugby Football Club
Union IRFU
Ulster
Founded 1928
Ground(s) Hamilton Park, Newtownards
President Ricky Sadler
Director of Rugby Stephen Nutt
Coach(es) John West
Captain(s) Andrew Foster
Team kit

Ards RFC (Ards Rugby Football Club) is a rugby club based in Newtownards, County Down, Northern Ireland, playing in the Ulster Qualifying League. It is affiliated to the Ulster Branch of the Irish Rugby Football Union. The club currently fields three adult teams. Three youth teams also play at under-18, under-16 and under-14 levels. There is also a very successful Mini rugby section of the club. The club works in close collaboration with local schools such as Regent House Grammar School who have provided much of the playing talent of which can be seen at the club to date. Players such as Johnny Harris, Stewart Paul and Davy Thompson all originate from the school.

Foundation[edit]

On 11 April 1928, Ards Rugby Football Club was formed at meeting in Newtownards Academy pavilion.[citation needed] The first game was played on 13 October 1928. Ards RFC played most of their early years in the Ulster junior leagues

Senior status[edit]

In the 1961-62 season Ards won the Towns Cup for the first time captained by Robert Haslett. In 1977-1978 season Ards achieved Senior status when they were elected to the Ulster Senior League. After a downturn in fortunes in the 1990s they spent a second period in the Junior leagues. However, in 2002-2003 season Ards 1st XV won through the AIB All Ireland Qualifying round robin and were promoted for a second time, to All-Ireland League. They lost their senior status in 2015, when they were relegated out of the All-Ireland League.

Honours[edit]

Notable past players[edit]

Sources[edit]

Cameron Fowlie

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