Queen's University RFC

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Queen's University Belfast RFC
Full name Queen's University Belfast Rugby Football Club
Union IRFU
Ulster
Founded 1869
Region Ulster
Ground(s) Upper Malone
Belfast[1] (Capacity: 1000)
President Simon Harland
Coach(es) Bob Young, David Creighton, Darryl Callaghan, Thom Dickerson
Captain(s) Alexander Thompson [Senior], Peter Vincent [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, 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 2016–17 season in Division 2A.[3]

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: 22
    • 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

† Won by 2nd XV † Won by Freshers

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