Ards RFC

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Ards RFC
ARDS RFC.png
Ards Rugby Club Crest
Full name Ards Rugby Football Club
Union IRFU
Ulster
Founded 1928
Ground(s) Hamilton Park, Newtownards
President Colin McLean
Director of Rugby Stephen Nutt
Coach(es) Dave Irwin
Captain(s) Mark Banford
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 four adult teams and an under-19 team. Three youth teams also play at under-17, under-15 and under-13 levels. There is also a very successful Mini rugby section of the club.

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 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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