The Colours Match

The Colours Match (Irish: Cluiche na nDathanna) is an annual rugby union fixture between the University of Dublin and University College Dublin. Rugby matches between UCD RFC and DUFC predate the inauguration of "The Colours Match". Their first meeting took place at Terenure on 18 October 1919, won by Trinity.[1][2][3]

The Colours Match - Cluiche na nDathanna
Sport Rugby Union Football
Inaugural Match 13 December 1952
Teams Involved University College Dublin
Dublin University
Inaugural Winner University College Dublin
Current Holder Dublin University
Captain Colm Hogan
Current Edition 67th
Most Recent Match 4 April 2019
Venue UCD Bowl, Belfield
Trophy The Colours Cup
Series University College Dublin: 39
Dublin University: 24
Drawn: 4
Largest winning Margin UCD 50–20 DU (6 March 2008)
Longest Winning Sequence UCD (10) [1997/98—2005/06]
Most Captaincies Shane Moore, UCD (3) [1999/00—2001/02]
Most Matches Played Brian Cawley, UCD (11) [2008/09—2018/2019]
Bill Mulcahy, UCD (8) [1953/54—1960/61]
Next Meeting 2020
The Colours Cup

BackgroundEdit

Between 1919 and 1952 "friendly" matches took place annually between the clubs on a home and away basis. There were also memorable encounters between UCD and TCD in the Leinster Senior Cup when the draw brought the sides together.

Following the Senior Cup win of UCD over DUFC in 1948 by a dropped goal to nil, the idea of a Colours match was discussed between Harry Thrift of Trinity and Sarsfield Hogan of UCD, who had served together on the International Rugby Board, on which basis each University club would award Colours for the season.[1][2] Lengthy negotiations ensued and with the cooperation of the IRFU committee and of the Lansdowne and Wanderers RFCs a scheme for an annual Colours match was finally agreed.

The two Universities would play once a year in December. Each University would act as the host in turn and be responsible for the management of the match and for the entertainment.[3] The host University, after consultation with the other side, would invite the referee for the match. A formal teams' dinner would be held after the match.

It was envisaged that the match would be played on a Saturday. Increasing numbers of representative matches and the limited number of Saturdays on which Lansdowne Road was available led to pressure to change the match from Saturdays to a mid-week date.[1][2]

HistoryEdit

The Colours Match was inaugurated on 13 December 1952 at Lansdowne Road with the first title taken by UCD[1][2][4] Trinity gained their first win in 1954 and the first drawn match came in 1955. The first 26 matches and the 35th to 38th matches were held at Lansdowne Road stadium in Dublin. The 27th to 33rd fixtures and the 39th through 60th matches were played at Donnybrook Rugby Ground, the traditional home of the Leinster rugby union team. The 61st and 63rd encounters took place at the UCD Bowl, Belfield, the 62nd match at Donnybrook Rugby Ground and the 64th match in College Park Rugby Ground, Trinity College.

TrophyEdit

A trophy, The Colours Cup, presented to the winner of the annual Colours Match, was inaugurated in 2002 to mark the Golden Jubilee of the first Colours Match in December 1962. It was first presented to the winners of the 51st Colours Match, UCD, in November 2002. The cup is in the form of a claret jug.

Trinity College are the current holders beating University College by 18 points to 12 on 4 April 2019 at UCD Bowl, Belfield.

Other editionsEdit

Colours Matches are also played between Trinity and UCD in Women's rugby union and other sports, such as Association Football, Gaelic Football, Hurling, Swimming, Boxing, Water polo, Field Hockey, Golf, Sailing, Tennis and Fencing.

Famous participantsEdit

ResultsEdit

1950sEdit

Edition Academic Year Win Score Captain Loss Score Captain Venue Date Comment
1 1952/53[5] University College Dublin 13 Tim O'Toole Dublin University 6 Robin Roe* Lansdowne Road Sat 13 December 1952
2 1953/54[6] University College Dublin 14 Alec Spain Dublin University 12 Bill Tector Lansdowne Road Sat 5 December 1953
3 1954/55[7] Dublin University 11 Jim Clinch University College Dublin 6 Harry Crowe Lansdowne Road Sat 4 December 1954
4 1955/56[8] University College Dublin 6 Billy O'Gorman Dublin University 6 Paddy Moss* Lansdowne Road Sat 3 December 1955 Match drawn
5 1956/57[9] University College Dublin 11 Bill Mulcahy Dublin University 3 Graham Taylor Lansdowne Road Sat 1 December 1956
6 1957/58[10] University College Dublin 3 Niall Brophy Dublin University 0 Peter Dowse* Lansdowne Road Sat 7 December 1957
7 1958/59[11] Dublin University 6 Tony Reid-Smith University College Dublin 0 Brian Wain Lansdowne Road Sat 6 December 1958
8 1959/60[12] Dublin University 6 Tony Reid-Smith University College Dublin 3 Henry Wall Lansdowne Road Sat 5 December 1959
  • Acting Captain

1960sEdit

Edition Academic Year Win Score Captain Loss Score Captain Venue Date
9 1960/61[13] University College Dublin 10 Henry Wall Dublin University 3 Ian Hill Lansdowne Road Sat 3 December 1960
10 1961/62[14] University College Dublin 3 Gerry Tormey Dublin University 0 Caleb Powell Lansdowne Road Sat 2 December 1961
11 1962/63[15] University College Dublin 12 Jimmy Kelly Dublin University 3 Martin Rees Lansdowne Road Sat 24 November 1962
12 1963/64[16] Dublin University 8 Bob Read University College Dublin 3 Aidan Brady* Lansdowne Road Sat 14 December 1963
13 1964/65[17] University College Dublin 11 Aidan Brady Dublin University 3 Aubrey Bourke Lansdowne Road Sat 28 November 1964
14 1965/66[18] University College Dublin 13 John Murray Dublin University 0 Dave Buchanan* Lansdowne Road Sat 27 November 1965
15 1966/67[19] University College Dublin 6 Al Moroney Dublin University 0 Dave Buchanan Lansdowne Road Wed 30 November 1966
16 1967/68[20] Dublin University 12 Gerry Murphy University College Dublin 11 John O'Hagan Lansdowne Road Wed 29 November 1967
17 1968/69[21] Dublin University 8 Gerry Murphy University College Dublin 6 Peter Sutherland Lansdowne Road Wed 4 December 1968
18 1969/70[22] University College Dublin 6 Derek Scally Dublin University 3 Chris Hawkesworth* Lansdowne Road Wed 3 December 1969
  • Acting Captain

1970sEdit

Edition Academic Year Win Score Captain Loss Score Captain Venue Date
19 1970/71[23] University College Dublin 3 Shay Deering Dublin University 0 Horace McKinley Lansdowne Road Wed 2 December 1970
20 1971/72[24] University College Dublin 10 Tom Grace Dublin University 3 Ben Underwood Lansdowne Road Wed 1 December 1971
21 1972/73[25] University College Dublin 19 Conor Sparks Dublin University 6 Ben Underwood Lansdowne Road Wed 6 December 1972
22 1973/74[26] Dublin University 18 Richard "Dick" Spring University College Dublin 6 Mick Sherry Lansdowne Road Wed 5 December 1973
23 1974/75[27] University College Dublin 30 Paddy Gahan Dublin University 12 John Boyd Lansdowne Road Wed 4 December 1974
24 1975/76[28] Dublin University 18 John Robbie University College Dublin 3 Jimmy Burns Lansdowne Road Wed 26 November 1975
25 1976/77[29] University College Dublin 15 Stephen Hall* Dublin University 7 Mick Gibson Lansdowne Road 1 December 1976
26 1977/78[30] Dublin University 21 Willy Ryan University College Dublin 12 Stephen Hall Lansdowne Road 30 November 1977
27 1978/79[31] Dublin University 12 Donal Spring University College Dublin 9 Garry Coakley Donnybrook 6 December 1978
28 1979/80[32] Dublin University 10 Donal Spring University College Dublin 0 Sammy Lyons Donnybrook 28 November 1979
  • Acting Captain

1980sEdit

Edition Academic Year Win Score Captain Loss Score Captain Venue Date Comment
29 1980/81[33] Dublin University 9 Hugo MacNeill Dublin University 3 Barry O'Brien Donnybrook Wed 26 November 1980
30 1981/82[34] University College Dublin 12 John Duffy* Dublin University 12 Greg Dilger Donnybrook Wed 2 December 1981 Match drawn
31 1982/83[35] University College Dublin 8 Derek McGrath Dublin University 6 Killian Egan* Donnybrook Wed 1 December 1982
32 1983/44[36] University College Dublin 12 Willie Burns Dublin University 9 Paul Clinch Donnybrook Wed 7 December 1983
33 1984/85[37] Dublin University 17 Paul Clinch University College Dublin 9 Willie Burns* Donnybrook Wed 5 December 1984
34 1985/86[38] University College Dublin 16 Bobby Byrne Dublin University 3 Garry McMahon Donnybrook Wed 4 December 1985
35 1986/87[39] Dublin University 12 Michael Fitzgibbon* University College Dublin 9 John Mulhall* Lansdowne Road Wed 3 December 1986
36 1987/88[40] University College Dublin 15 David Madigan Dublin University 9 Michael Fitzgibbon Lansdowne Road Wed 2 December 1987
37 1988/89[41] Dublin University 10 Donal Sheehan University College Dublin 6 Ray Power Lansdowne Road Wed 7 December 1988
38 1989/90[42] Dublin University 6 Paddy Kenny University College Dublin 6 Finbar Griffin Donnybrook Wed 6 December 1989 Match drawn
  • Acting Captain

1990sEdit

Edition Academic Year Win Score Captain Loss Score Captain Venue Date
39 1990/91[43] Dublin University 24 Ian Morgan University College Dublin 10 Dara O'Flaherty Donnybrook Sun 25 November 1990
40 1991/92[44] University College Dublin 21 Kevin Hogan Dublin University 15 Phil Barlow Donnybrook Sun 1 December 1991
41 1992/93[45] University College Dublin 19 Andrew Donovan Dublin University 12 Steve Tracey Donnybrook Sun 13 December 1992
42 1993/94[46] University College Dublin 11 Andrew Donovan Dublin University 7 Paddy Spicer Donnybrook Sun 12 December 1993
43 1994/95[47] Dublin University 17 Neil Ryan University College Dublin 12 Greg McConkey Donnybrook Sun 18 December 1994
44 1995/96[48] Dublin University 19 Ray McIlreavy University College Dublin 13 John Ryan Donnybrook Wed 13 December 1995
45 1996/97[49] University College Dublin 21 Denis Finn Dublin University 19 Willy Robb Donnybrook Fri 29 November 1996
46 1997/98[50] University College Dublin 36 Gordon Cantwell Dublin University 21 John Doddy Donnybrook Fri 27 March 1998
47 1998/99[51] University College Dublin 37 Gordon Cantwell Dublin University 21 Brian Buckley Donnybrook Wed 10 February 1999
48 1999/00[52] University College Dublin 29 Shane Moore Dublin University 11 Colm Curneen Donnybrook Tues 16 November 1999

2000sEdit

Edition Academic Year Win Score Captain Loss Score Captain Venue Date Comment
49 2000/01[53] University College Dublin 26 Shane Moore Dublin University 3 Colm Curneen Donnybrook Wed 24 January 2001
50 2001/02[54] University College Dublin 17 Shane Moore Dublin University 13 Donal Crotty Donnybrook Tues 20 November 2001
51 2002/03[55] University College Dublin 12 David Blaney Dublin University 6 Donal Crotty Donnybrook Fri 8 November 2002
52 2003/04[56] University College Dublin 25 Dermot Blaney Dublin University 18 Martin Garvey Donnybrook Wed 17 December 2003
53 2004/05[57] University College Dublin 20 Philip Bredin Dublin University 20 Martin Garvey Donnybrook Fri 19 November 2004 Match drawn
54 2005/06[58] University College Dublin 25 Kevin Croke Dublin University 13 Matt Crockett Donnybrook Fri 11 November 2005
55 2006/07[59] Dublin University 16 Brian Hastings University College Dublin 13 Conor Geoghegan Donnybrook Fri 17 November 2006
56 2007/08[60] University College Dublin 50 Michael Hastings Dublin University 20 John Doddy Donnybrook Thurs 6 March 2008 Largest winning margin
57 2008/09[61] Dublin University 20 Shane Young University College Dublin 18 Michael Hastings Donnybrook Fri 14 November 2008
58 2009/10[62] University College Dublin 28 Matt Nagle Dublin University 8 Johnny Iliff Donnybrook Tues 4 March 2010

2010sEdit

Edition Academic Year Win Score Captain Loss Score Captain Venue Date
59 2010/11[63] Dublin University 31 Scott LaValla University College Dublin 22 Andrew Cummiskey Donnybrook Sat 16 April 2011
60 2011/12[64] University College Dublin 31 Andrew Cummiskey Dublin University 9 David Joyce Donnybrook Fri 18 November 2011
61 2012/13[65] University College Dublin 17 Risteard Byrne Dublin University 10 Michael McLoughlin Belfield Bowl Fri 22 February 2013
62 2013/14[66] University College Dublin 16 Shane Grannell Dublin University 12 Jack Kelly Donnybrook Fri 7 March 2014
63 2014/15[67] University College Dublin 32 Emmet McMahon Dublin University 29 Patrick Lavelle Belfield Bowl Thurs 16 April 2015
64 2015/16[68] Dublin University 28 Nicholas McCarthy University College Dublin 15 Steve Murphy College Park Thurs 23 March 2016
65 2016/17[69] University College Dublin 32 Jamie Glynn Dublin University 19 Brian Slater UCD Bowl, Belfield Fri 7 April 2017
66 2017/18[70] Dublin University 11 Michael Courtney University College Dublin 10 Jamie Glynn College Park, Trinity College Thurs 5 April, 2018
67 2018/19[71] Dublin University 18 Colm Hogan University College Dublin 12 Alex Penny UCD Bowl, Belfield Thurs 4 April, 2019
68 2019/20

By total winsEdit

University Titles
University College, Dublin 39
Trinity College, Dublin 24
Drawn 4

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d GPS (Sarsfield) Hogan, The Dublin Intervarsity Saga, The 50th Anniversary Programme, UCD RFC
  2. ^ a b c d JC Conroy, Colours History, the 1974 Colours Match Programme, UCD RFC
  3. ^ a b Peter Clarke (2002) UCD RFC and Dublin University FC: Colours and all!, The Colours Match Programme 2002/03
  4. ^ Peter Clarke & Susan Clarke: Down Through The Years UCD RFC
  5. ^ Colours Rugby match a big success, Irish Times, 15 December 1952, page 2; Forward mastery gave U.C.D. good win, Sunday Independent, 14 December 1952, page 10
  6. ^ U.C.D. won thrilling "Colours" game, Tector inspired vain Trinity rally, Sunday Independent, 6 December 1953, page 10; Grand rugby by the Universities, Irish Times, 7 December 1953, page 2
  7. ^ U.C.D. fell for old trick, Trinity won 11-6, Sunday Independent, 5 December 1954, page 17; Trinity make better use of wind, Irish Times, 6 December 1954, page 2
  8. ^ Plenty to cheer about in Colours game, Sunday Independent, 4 December 1955, page 17
  9. ^ Wingers won Colours game, Sunday Independent, 2 December 1956, page 17; U.C.D. beat Trinity at Lansdowne Road: Injury to P. Sang spoils good game, Irish Times, 3 December 1956, page 2
  10. ^ Penalty goal won for U.C.D., Irish Independent, 9 December 1957, page 12; U.C.D. survived in a fine finish, Irish Times, 7 December 1958, page 2
  11. ^ "Play up, Trinity" — and they did, Sunday Independent, 7 December 1958, page 8; Vigorous rugby by students, Irish Times,8 December 1958, page 2
  12. ^ Fireworks on and off as Trinity win, Sunday Independent, 6 December 1959, page 17; Forwards paved way for Trinity win, Irish Times, 7 December 1959, page 2
  13. ^ U.C.D. forwards paved way, Sunday Independent, 4 December 1960, page 13; U.C.D. impress in Colours match, Irish Times, 5 December 1960, page 2
  14. ^ U.C.D. survive great rally in Colours, Sunday Independent, 3 December 1961, page 15; Trinity needed place kicker, Irish Times, 4 December 1961, page 4
  15. ^ U.C.D. colours fly high, Sunday Independent, 25 November 1962, page 13; Colors rugby: Murray paved way to U.C.D.'s victory, Irish Times, 26 November 1962, page 3
  16. ^ Trinity get there in a thriller - Read drops a picture goal - Fine U.C.D. rally just failed, Sunday Independent, 15 December 1963, page 14; Rugby Colours match: U.C.D. overcome by Trinity fire, Irish Times, 16 December 1963, page 3
  17. ^ Murray the star of convincing U.C.D. victory, Sunday Independent, 29 November 1964, page 15; Rugby Colours game: U.C.D. hard-pressed to beat Trinity, Irish Times, 30 November 1964, page 3
  18. ^ U.C.D.'s biggest win — 'Colours' win lacked colour, Sunday Independent, 28 November 1965, page 15; Rugby Colours match: Half-backs proved U.C.D.'s aces, Irish Tim,es, 29 November 1965, page 3
  19. ^ Honours for U.C.D. - Hickie's scores were decisive in 'Colours' game - Bresnihan in top form at centre, Irish Independent, 1 December 1966, page 12; Rugby Colours match: U.C.D. prove too well equipped for Trinity, Irish Times, 1 December 1966, page 3
  20. ^ Trinity win thrilling 'Colours' match, Irish Independent, 30 November 1967, page 14; Rugby Colours match: Trinity beat U.C.D. in outstanding game - McCombe's drop-kick a winner, Irish Times, 30 November 1967, page 3
  21. ^ Eight point McCombe is the Trinity hero - 'Music loving' referee spoils Colours game, Irish Independent, 5 December 1968, page 12; McCombe again the match-winner for Trinity, Irish Times,5 December 1968, page 4
  22. ^ Colours match: Trinity thwarted in treble bid, Irish Independent, 4 December 1969, page 18; U.C.D. masters of vigorous encounter, Irish Times, 4 December 1969, page 3
  23. ^ U.C.D. retain Colours title-Just, Irish Independent, 3 December 1970, page 14; U.C.D. fail to make use of their talent, Irish Times, 3 December 1970, page 3
  24. ^ Grace, U.C.D. hero in 'colors' win, Irish Independent, 2 December 1971, page 13; Rugby Colours match: Grace's try made a U.C.D. win certain, Irish Times, 2 December 1971, page 4
  25. ^ Fourth consecutive win for U.C.D., Irish Independent, 7 December 1972, page 17; Rugby Colours match: Little sparkle as U.C.D. rout Trinity, Irish Times, 7 December 1972, page 3
  26. ^ Robbie spearheads sparkling Trinity, Irish Press, 6 December 1973, page 20; Colours victory for fiery Trinity, Irish Independent, 6 December 1973, page 20; Rugby Colours match: Trinity hold off U.C.D. in stirring game, Irish Times, 6 December 1973, page 3
  27. ^ Easy! easy! for rampant U.C.D., Irish Independent, 5 December 1974, page 14; Superior U.C.D. set Colours record, Irish Press, 5 December 1974, page 16; Rugby Colours match: Individual glory for Sparks as records fly, Irish Times, 5 December 1974, page 3
  28. ^ Trinity rally to hoist colours, Irish Press 27 November 1975, page 14; Agnew boots Trinity home, Irish Independent, 27 November 1975, page 10; Rugby Colours match: Agnew's kicking decisive as Trinity romp home, Irish Times, 27 November 1975, page 3
  29. ^ Kelly inspires U.C.D. 'Trojans', Irish Independent, 2 December 1976, page 11; U.C.D. dedication proves too much for Trinity, Irish Times, 2 December 1976, page 3
  30. ^ Tattered Colours a sad spectacle, Irish Press, 1 December 1977, page 16; Trinity tops on day of disgrace, Irish Independent, 1 December 1977, page 16; Rugby Colours' match: Trinity triumph marred by ugly incidents, Irish Times, 1 December 1977, page 3
  31. ^ Trinity has edge in 'Battle' of the Boot, Irish Independent, 7 December 1978, page 15; Trinity win keen but fair contest, Irish Press, 7 December 1978, page 18; Disciplined contest sees Trinity gain 10th victory, Irish Times, 7 December 1978, page 3
  32. ^ Trinity triumph in scrappy tie, Irish Independent, 29 November 1979, page 16; Rugby Colours match: Trinity achieve hat-trick in uninspiring contest, Irish Times, 29 November 1979, page 3
  33. ^ Rugby...The Colours Match: Little to cheer in Colours clash, Irish Press, 27 November 1980, page 11; Dead-eye Dilger!, Irish Independent, 27 November 1980, page 15; Trinity kick way to record, Irish Times 27 November 1970, page 3
  34. ^ U.C.D. foiled by MacNeill - Colours Rugby, Irish Independent, 3 December 1981, page 12; Rugby Colours match report: Trinity almost snatch victory in last moment, Irish Times, 3 December 1981, page 3
  35. ^ Try tips balance for U.C.D., Irish Independent, 2 December 1982, page 12; Rugby: McGrath try aptly ensures UCD victory, Irish Times, 2 December 1982, page 3
  36. ^ Colours rugby: Trinity pay price for early caution, Irish Independent, 8 December 1983, page 15; Great effort but little skill as UCD triumph, Irish Times 8 December 1983, page 3
  37. ^ Varsity rugby: Mullin places his imprint on excellent Colours game, Irish Independent, 6 December 1984, page 13; Rugby: Dudley Cup - Trinity tries overturn UCD's early dominance, Irish Times 6 December 1984, page 3
  38. ^ Misses cost Trinity dear, Irish Press, 5 December 1985, page 13; U.C.D. has aces in their pack, Irish Independent, 5 December 1985, page 13; Rugby Colours match: UCD's lively pack end Trinity hopes, Irish Times, 5 December 1985, page 3
  39. ^ Colours rugby: Trinity pack take the kudos, Irish Independent, 4 December 1986, page 11; Little colour as Trinity power in, Irish Press, 4 December 1986, page 11; Rugby annual Colours match: Trinity's forward play decisive, Irish Times
  40. ^ No colour as trivial Trinity get a lesson, Irish Independent, 3 December 1987, page 13; Trinity and fans pay penalty, Irish Press, 3 December 1987, page 11; UCD defy all the odds for deserved win, Irish Times, 3 December 1987, page 3
  41. ^ Even Trinity spirit fails to lift gloom, Irish Times, 8 December 1988, page 2; Treacy try takes it for Trinity, Irish Independent, 8 December 1988, page 14; Dull 'Colours' a total bore!, Irish Press, 8 December 1988, page 33
  42. ^ Colleges fixture lacks colour, Irish Press, 7 December 1989, page 35; Super sub Shane gets votal penalty, Irish Independent, 7 December 1989, page 16; Little colour in penalty stalemate, Irish Times, 7 December 1989, page 5
  43. ^ Colours joy for Trinity, Irish Press, 26 November 1990, page 35; Sports Round-up: Leinster Senior League Dudley Cup, Donnybrook, Irish Times, 26 November 1990, page20; Trinity Tigers blitz away cold hearts, Irish Independent, 26 November 1990, page 28
  44. ^ Harvey inspired late choice: Kicks UCD to Colours success, Irish Independent, 2 December 1991, page 28; Harvey's boot decides 'Colours' clash, Irish Press, 2 December 1991, page 27
  45. ^ The Pryce is right on in Colours!, Irish Press, 14 December 1992, page 38; Supersub Pryce times it just right for UCD, Irish Independent, 14 December 1992, page 32
  46. ^ Colours 'hat-trick' for UCD men, Irish Press, 13 December 1993, page 42; Mud, glorious mud for Donovan, Irish Independent, 13 December 1993, Sport page 8
  47. ^ UCD off colour as Browne seals it, Irish Independent, 19 December 1994, Sport page 8; Trinity steal honours with late try, Irish Press, 19 December 1994, page 40
  48. ^ Trinity's late show, Irish Independent, 14 December 1995, Sport 1, page 15; Trinity time it right to record their 18th win, Irish Times, 14 December 1995, Sport page A7
  49. ^ UCD colours to the fore, Irish Independent, 30 November 1996, page 24; Trinity are stunned by Ormond's late penalty, Irish Times, 30 November 1996, Sport page A2
  50. ^ UCD on top in quality affair, Irish Independent, 28 March 1998, page 16; Slick UCD win Colours with plenty to spare, Irish Times, 28 March 1998, Sport page B2
  51. ^ Scally the ace in UCD Colours win, Irish Independent, 11 February 1999, page 20; O'Driscoll inspirational as UCD run out winners, Irish Times, 11 February 1999, Sport page 23
  52. ^ Wallace leads College home, Irish Independent, 17 November 1999, page 22; Rugby Colours match: Wallace has major say, Irish Times, 17 November 1999, Sport page 22
  53. ^ Colours Match: Trinity fade out early in Match, Irish Times, 25 January 2001, page 25; Colours match: Off colour Trinity swamped, Irish Independent, 25 January 2001, Sport page 19; Rampant UCD show true colours, Irish Examiner, 25 January 2001, page 22
  54. ^ UCD display flyiong colours, Irish Independent, 21 November 2001, Sport page 21; Trinity fail again, Irish Times, 21 November 2001, page 26; UCD pushed all the way by Trinity, Irish Examiner, 21 November 2001, page 27
  55. ^ UCD see off Trinity, Irish Examiner, 9 November 2002, Sport page 29; Universities/Colours match: UCD show true colours in comeback, Irish Times, 9 November 2002, Sport page A2; Seven up for UCD, Irish Independent, 9 November 2002, page 16
  56. ^ Rugby Colours match: UCD's status stands to them, Irish Times, 18 December 2003, page 23; College continue Colours dominance, Irish Independent, 18 December 2003, page 27; UCD spoil Dublin University bikrthday party, Irish Examiner, 18 December 2003, page 25
  57. ^ UCD hit top spot, Irish Independent, 20 November 2004, Sport page 21; Colours match: UCD just hold on to bragging rights, Irish Times, 20 November 2004, Sport page A2
  58. ^ Blue is the colour as UCD triumph, Irish Independent, 12 November 2005, Sport page 9; All-Ireland League Colours match: UCD sail on to comfortable win, Irish Times, 12 November 2005, Sport page A4; UCD win with flying colours, Irish Examiner, 12 November 2005, Sport page 23
  59. ^ Rugby Colours match: Trinity finally break their 10-year UCD hoodoo, Irish Times, 18 November 2006, page A5
  60. ^ Rugby: Colours Match, Donnybrook,Irish Times, 7 March 2008, page 21
  61. ^ Hanratty makes an impact, Irish Times, 15 November 2008, page A9; Jebb the hero of the hour, Trinity News. Vol 55, Issue 5, 25 November 2008, Sport page 23; UCD Sport News, 57th Rugby Colours, 17 November 2008, http://www.ucd.ie/sport/news_171108rugbycolours0809.html; Digest-Rugby: Colours game, at Donnybrook, Irish Examiner, 15 November 2008, page 24
  62. ^ Rugby Colours match: UCD are quick out of the blocks and ease to the finish line, Irish Times, 5 March 2010, page 21; UCD secure bragging rights, Irish Independent, 5 March 2010, Sport page 9
  63. ^ Trinity pile on title woe for rivals, Irish Independent, 18 April 2011, Sport page 21; Happy Colours, Irish Times, 18 April 2011, page 31
  64. ^ UCD's second-half show swings it, Irish Times, 19 November 2011, Sport page A4; Earls earns UCD bragging rights, Irish Independent, 19 November 2011, Sport page 12
  65. ^ Factfile: Rugby-Division 1B, Belfield, Irish Independent, 23 February 2013, Sport page 53; Ulster Bank League Division 1B: Impressive UCD gain their revenge with clinical Colours contest, Irish Times, 23 February 2013, Sport page A4; UCD light up Belfield with Colours triumph, IRFU News, 23 February 2013, http://www.irishrugby.ie/club/ulsterbankleagueandcup/28303.php; UCD defeat rivals Dublin University in Colours match, Circul8, 22 February 2013, http://circul8.org/ucd-defeat-rivals-dublin-university-in-colours-match/
  66. ^ Rugby Colours match: Stirring Trinity performance fails to yield dividends as UCD prevail, Irish Times, 8 March 2014, Sport page A5; Trinity lose out narrowly in annual Colours match, Trinity News, 10 March 2014, http://trinitynews.ie/trinity-lose-out-narrowly-in-annual-colours-match/
  67. ^ Colours honours on the line for UCD and Trinity, IRFU News, 16 April 2015, http://www.irishrugby.ie/news/34346.php#.VvabJuKLRD8; Late UCD comeback retains rugby colours to Trinity despair, The College Tribune, 18 April 2015, http://collegetribune.ie/late-ucd-comeback-retains-rugby-colours-to-trinity-despair/
  68. ^ Ryan seals Trinity win, Irish Independent, 25 March 2016, http://dairewalsh.com/?p=4749; Trinity win Colours!; DUFC News, 25 March 2016, http://dufc.ie/trinity-win-colours/; Trinity oversome UCD in hard fought Colours encounter, Trinity News, 25 March 2016, http://trinitynews.ie/?s=Rugby+Colours+2015; DUFC Men's clinch Colours victory, University Times, 23 March 2016, http://www.universitytimes.ie/2016/03/dufc-mens-clinch-colours-victory/
  69. ^ DUFC lose to UCD 32–19 hours before Trinity Ball,University Times, 9 April 2017, http://www.universitytimes.ie/2017/04/dufc-lose-to-ucd-32-19-hours-before-trinity-ball/; 65th Annual Colours Match: UCD v Dublin University: UCD hold off second-half surge to win with flying colours — Dublin University unable to climb mountain in 65th Annual Colours Match, The Irish Times (on-line), 7 April 2017, http://dairewalsh.com/?p=5931; Match Report: UCD regain colours trophy with four-try win, http://www.irishrugby.ie/club/39448.php
  70. ^ Trinity victory secures place in top division, AIL 1A, Irish Examiner, 6 April, 2018, Friday Sport, page 6
  71. ^ Russell and Sheehan touch down as Trinity retain Colours title, by Daire Walsh, 4th April 2019, Energia AIL, https://www.irishrugby.ie/2019/04/04/trinity-finish-on-top-after-tight-colours-contest-with-ucd/; The University Times, DUFC on fire in historic Colours triumph, 5 April, 2019, http://www.universitytimes.ie/2019/04/dufc-on-fire-in-historic-colours-win-over-ucd/