Rugby

Campbell College Rugby Football Club was founded in 1894 and has been playing regular competitive fixtures against schools in Ireland and throughout the British Isles since that time. Over the last thirty five years, touring has become part of the clubs way of life and visits to New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and the continent of Europe have added colour and experience to the lives of the young players involved.

Winners of the Ulster Schools' Cup 24 times, with an additional 4 drawn finals, the last Ravenhill success was in 2018.  The current season sees the Club fielding a total of 17 competitive sides.  Past Irish International players include Michael Gibson and in more recent times Gordon Hamilton, who is now Chairman of the College Board of Governors. Our last International player was the mid-field back Paddy Wallace, while ex-Irish number 8 Brian Robinson is master in charge of rugby and 1st XV senior coach.  Most recent Ulster Rugby contracted players who are Old Campbellians; Paddy Wallace, Neil McComb, Michael McComish, James McKinney, Chris Farrell and Rory Scholes. Since 2009, 29 of the boys have represented Ulster Schools' or Under 19 XVs, while 9 have been selected for Ireland and various age group levels. At present the college has two students in the extended Irish Schools squad.

Rugby is the major game enjoyed by over 400 boys throughout the Winter and Easter term. Campbell has rightly gained national recognition for the strength and success of its teams as well as the continued success of individual players who have come through the school’s coaching ranks to win professional playing contracts and international recognition.

 

Who can take part?

The main aim of Campbell rugby is to develop individual players in an enjoyable and challenging environment. At least three teams compete in each age group so physically smaller players can develop without being overpowered by those who have had an early growth spurt. Players are monitored carefully, regardless of the team they play in.
Campbell does not view the result as the most important issue; it is much better to develop players over time and then positive results will follow.

Ethos

Our aim is to have a rugby culture that emphasises the importance of individual skills and abilities within a team environment that is competitive and open to change and new ideas. This should serve all players and coaches, to allow them to develop to their potential.
We deliver a clear pathway that allows each pupil to develop in terms of mental, physical and technical abilities. With a firm foundation, an understanding of the importance of lifestyle, emotional development and tactical knowledge can occur.

The experiences provided by the school for players will include: Competitive and challenging school fixtures including some tournaments, house rugby and touch rugby competitions, national and international tours, regular, well planned and relevant coaching sessions, talks and advice on nutrition and conditioning, and opportunities to develop leadership skills through captaincy or as a house rugby rep or club secretary. We understand that only a few players will progress to an elite level so the skills developed by volunteering to coach and referee peers will benefit the individual and the game of rugby as a whole.

Facilities

The school can boast excellent facilities to foster each pupil’s rugby development. The facilities have been used by Ireland (pre world cup camp), New Zealand U20s World Cup base as well as a pre season camp by English schools/ colleges.

  • Fox’s Field    
  • 1st XV Pitch    
  • 10 additional Rugby Pitches
  • Swimming Pool
  • Conditioning Suite
  • Residential facilities

Fixtures

The College has an extensive fixture list. We regularly field three teams per age group and provide appropriate opposition. The College plays in a very strong local circuit and also have regular fixtures against the top schools in Ireland. We are a popular destination for schools from Ireland, Scotland, England and further afield.

Fixtures in the last three years include....

Ireland England Scotland
New Zealand Blackrock Oakham School
Merchiston Lindisfarne St Gerard's
Eton Harrow Clongoes Wood
Kings Hospital Danes Hill Haileybury
Rockwell College    

The rugby club is a vehicle for personal development and we encourage trips/ mini tours to help students to integrate, enjoy a different location or culture.

Our Coaching Staff 

The College caters for 17 teams on a regular basis. The College has a wide range of staff with appropriate levels of coaching expertise. The staff is supplemented by ex pupils, professional players and provincial elite staff.
                  
Master in Charge of Rugby
Brian Robinson
1st XV Coaching Team
Brian Robinson
Gareth Fry
2nd XV Coach
Rodney Hall
Stewart Porter
3rd XV Coaching Team
Mr Tim Thompson
Mr Mark Mckee
4th XV Coaching Team
Darren Walker
Chris McIvor
Medallion Coaching Team
Mark Cousins
Jonny Cupitt
Daryl Maxwell
Medallion B Coaching Team
Jonny Cupitt
Daryl Maxwell
Medallion C Coaching Team
Neil McGarry
U14 A Coaching Team
Noel Ashfield
Jonny Cupitt
U14 B Coaching Team
Noel Ashfield
Jonny Cupitt
U14 C Coaching Team
Brian Meban
U13 A Coaching team
Colin Farr
Bert Robinson
Under 13 B Coaching Team
Colin Farr
Bert Robinson
Under 13 C Coaching Team
Andrew McCrea
Under 12 Coaching Team
Gareth Fry
Gregg Young
John Creighton
Kyle Adams
Richie Mcmaster
Orran Mcmaster