Roscommon Community College fields rugby teams at both junior (under 16) and senior (under 18) levels. Rugby recommenced in the school in 2011 under the tutelage of Mr. Casserly and has grown exponentially during the past five years. The school reached a milestone in 2014 when it won its first Connacht trophy, the Connacht Junior Development League, defeating St. Jarlath’s College Tuam in an exciting final at Ballyhaunis.
Although a minority sport among the wider school community, rugby has been building incrementally over the past few years. Participation in rugby leagues and cups has proven popular with the students and has recruited those who may not have had a previous involvement with rugby.
Roscommon Community College are strong supporters of Connacht Rugby and Connacht personalities like John Muldoon and Eric Elwood have visited the school in recent years. Friday night trips to the Sportsground to support Connacht are now legendary and are regularly oversubscribed. A major rugby honour was bestowed on the school in November 2016 when fifth year pupil Danny Arnold was capped by Ireland Under 18s against Portugal. In doing so, Danny became the school’s first rugby international and we congratulate Danny, his family and his club, Creggs RFC. All at Roscommon Community College are so proud of his achievements in rugby.
Mention of Creggs RFC is timely as we, as a school, would not be able to play matches without the continued support of Creggs RFC. The use of their dressing rooms and pitches we are most thankful for. It is a long term ambition of the school to construct a rugby pitch on the school’s grounds but in the meantime, we are hugely indebted to all those at Creggs.
Girls rugby in the school is growing year on year. With a close association to Connacht Rugby our girls’ team is involved in an emerging league that gives us the opportunity to play teams from all over the Province. Training takes place after school and we are delighted to have the services of Connacht Rugby who have a dedicated team of coaches who target girls’ rugby and assist us in upskilling our team in a variety of different ways. Rugby is an excellent opportunity to maintain levels of fitness as well being a social environment where girls bond through a series of activities which include trips to matches as well as being given the opportunity to showcase their skills during half time entertainment at major international matches.