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Queen's University RFC

Queen's University Belfast Rugby Football Club is the rugby union team of Queen's University Belfast, currently 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.

Queen's University Belfast RFC
Full nameQueen's University Belfast Rugby Football Club
UnionIRFU
Ulster
Founded1869
RegionUlster
Ground(s)Upper Malone
Belfast[1] (Capacity: 1000)
PresidentIan McAvoy
Coach(es)Derek Suffern, David Creighton, Ben Thompson (video)
Captain(s)David Whitten
League(s)Ulster Bank All-Ireland League Ulster Senior League
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.qubrfc.co.uk

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 2018–19 season in Division 2A of the AIL and Division 1 of the SONI Ulster Rugby Premiership.

Notable playersEdit

HonoursEdit

  • All-Ireland League
    • 1923-24, 1931–32, 1936–37
  • Ulster Senior Cup: 23
    • 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
  • Irish Universities Dudley Cup
    • Winners: 2013, 2015
  • SONI Ulster Rugby Premiership Division 2
    • 2017–18

† Won by 2nd XV † Won by Freshers

TeamsEdit

  • 1st XV
  • 2nd XV
  • 3rd XV (Pirates)
  • Ladies 1st XV

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ www.irishrugby.ie[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b The Ireland Rugby Miscellany (2007): Ciaran Cronin
  3. ^ news.bbc.co.uk