Queen’s University Belfast Rugby

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Queen’s University Belfast Rugby

Queen’s University Belfast Rugby Football Club is the rugby union team of Queen’s University Belfast, 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. They originally played as Queen’s College, Belfast and have won the Ulster Senior Cup a record 23 times.

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 2016–17 season in Division 2A

Notable players

Ireland

The following Queen’s players have represented Ireland at full international level.

  • James Allison
  • Tommy Bowe
  • Nigel Carr
  • George Cromey
  • Alexander Foster
  • Noel Henderson
  • David Hewitt
  • Kenny Hooks
  • David Humphreys
  • David Irwin
  • Jack Kyle
  • Gary Longwell
  • Bill McKay
  • Harry McKibbon
  • Iain Henderson
  • Paddy Mayne
  • Henry O’Neill
  • Cecil Pedlow
  • Philip Rainey
  • Harry Steele
  • Robin Thompson
  • William Tyrrell
  • Roger Young

British and Irish Lions

The following Queen’s players have also represented the British and Irish Lions.

  • Alexander Foster: 1910
  • William Tyrrell: 1910
  • Henry O’Neill: 1930
  • George Cromey: 1938
  • Harry McKibbon: 1938
  • Paddy Mayne: 1938
  • Noel Henderson 1950
  • Jack Kyle 1950
  • Bill McKay 1950
  • Cecil Pedlow: 1955
  • Robin Thompson: 1955
  • David Hewitt: 1959, 1962
  • Roger Young: 1966, 1968
  • Richard Milliken: 1974
  • David Irwin: 1983
  • Trevor Ringland: 1983, 1986
  • Nigel Carr: 1986
  • Phillip Matthews: 1989
  • Tommy Bowe: 2009, 2013

Honours

  • All-Ireland League
    • 1923-24, 1931-32, 1936-37
  • Ulster Senior Cup: 22
    • 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

† Won by 2nd XV † Won by Freshers

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