Within all sports, all boys that commence school in 1st year are encouraged to ‘have a go’, no more so than within the rugby system, where the fundamental skills of passing, evasion and tackling are taught by specialist rugby coaches, who instil a common passion for game, whilst teaching the virtues of fair-play, and playing for your team. We run four 1st year teams, all the players train together; equal encouragement, guidance and training is given to the ‘old pros’ and ‘newbies’. Training for 1st years takes place every Monday and Wednesday after school.
The 1st years play close to 20 fixtures over the course of the school year with matches against all Munster A schools as well as a number of Leinster schools; Newbridge College, Kilkenny College, Cistercian College Roscrea, Belvedere College, Terenure College, St Gerard’s Bray, St Michaels College. We also play top of international touring teams.
1st year is currently headed up by former Senior and Junior Cup coach Jason O’Brien, Eric Nelligan Is the team manager, S & C is under the charge of Ronan Loughrey. Colm Barrett, Pat Cross & Richie Ryan complete the coaching ticket offering a wealth of knowledge and experience.