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University College Cork RFC

University College Cork RFC
Full name University College Cork Rugby Football Club
Union Rugby Union
Founded 1872
Region Cork
Ground(s) Mardyke (Capacity: 5,000)
Chairman Bryan Hyland
President Dr. David Corr
Coach(es) Conor Twomey
Captain(s) James Ryan
League(s) AIL Division 1B
2008–09 Promoted to 1B
Official website

University College Cork Rugby Football Club is the rugby union team of University College Cork, based in Cork in the Republic of Ireland. They currently play in Division 2A of the All-Ireland League. Founded in 1872, they originally played as Queen’s College Cork, as UCC was then known. Recent successes include winning the All Ireland U-20 Championship in 2002. In the same year, they also reached the AIB League playoffs for the first time, narrowly missing out on promotion to Division 1. Leading players in that team included Denis Leamy, Stephen Keogh and Frank Murphy, all of whom went onto play for Munster.[1]


  • All-Ireland Cup
    • 1935-36: 1
  • Munster Senior League
    • 1913, 1914, 1931, 1933. 1934, 1936, 1942 1943, 1945, 1950, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1974, 1978, 1981, 1985: 17
  • Munster Senior Cup
    • 1887, 1888, 1897, 1900, 1901, 1912, 1913, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1939, 1941, 1950, 1951, 1955, 1963, 1976, 1981: 18
  • Munster Junior Cup
    • 1921, 1933, 1950, 1953, 1963, 1967, 1969, 1975, 1977, 1979: 10

Notable former players


In 1879 Ashley Cummins became the first UCC player to represent Ireland. Since then at least 55 UCC players have played for the full national team. 34 of these played for Ireland while still playing for UCC. Donal Lenihan was the last UCC player to be capped by Ireland while still attached to the club.


British and Irish Lions

As well as representing Ireland, at least 9 UCC players also went onto represent the British and Irish Lions. At least two of these players, Mick Lane and Tom Kiernan, were still UCC players when they toured with the Lions.[2]

see also Category:University College Cork R.F.C. players


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  2. ^ The Ireland Rugby Miscellany (2007): Ciaran Cronin

External links

  • Official site
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