President, Vice President and Club Officers 2019/20

/President, Vice President and Club Officers 2019/20
President, Vice President and Club Officers 2019/202020-07-20T16:26:58+00:00


John Sexton

Johnny is a past player and captain (1986/87) of DUFC from the 1980s where he played in a stellar backline which included Paul Clinch, Brendan Mullin and Fergus Dunlea. His teams were coached by Roly Meates and played a style of rugby that was open and exciting for both the players and supporters. He believes DUFC affords the opportunity for elite and junior players to develop and grow as rugby players, and people, while creating life-long friendships.

Johnny studied Mechanical Engineering and extended his stay in college through undertaking a post-graduate research project. He was educated at Moyle Park College, a non-rugby playing school, and represented Leinster U20s, Irish Universities, Leinster and won his first Irish international cap while in Trinity. Following college, he joined Lansdowne FC  where he won 3 further international caps, won 2 Leinster Senior Cups and was club Captain in 1993/94.

Johnny spent 30 years in IT Consulting mainly in enterprise selling, sales management, business leadership and culture change. His experience was with both multinational organisations and smaller businesses where he was both a director and shareholder. He currently runs his own consulting business, Safrec Performance, and is married with 3 adult children.

Vice President

John Coulter

John attended Trinity College Dublin between 1979 and 1983, graduating with BA (Legal Science).  While playing with DUFC, John captained the Freshman team, toured Japan in !981, and got his colours in 1982 and 1983.  He was also Treasurer of DUFC in the 1982/83 season.

In 1984 and 1985, John attended UCD, where he gained a Master in Business Studies. For the sake of complete disclosure, John played for UCD in the 1984/85 season and ‘luckily’ injured himself the week before the 1984 Colours match, avoiding an almost certain ‘injury’, if not more serious harm to his person, had he played for UCD in that Colours Match!
On leaving University, John moved London and spent most of his subsequent 30 year career in Banking working for JP Morgan in London, New York and the last 15 years in South Africa.
John and family, returned to Ireland in 2015, after 30 years living abroad, and he now has investments in a couple of businesses and he sits on the board as a non executive director for a number of companies.
John is married to Frances, herself a graduate of Dublin University, and they have 4 children, all of whom have also successfully emerged from four fun filled years, as graduates of Trinity College Dublin.

Club Chairman

Dublin University Football Club - Trinity Rugby

John Boyd

A past player and captain of the Club in the early 1970’s, John now lives in Saintfield Co. Down. He played for Campbell College, Ulster Schools and N.I.F.C. but his strong association with Trinity and Leinster rugby is reflected in his having played in four “Colours” and represented both the Combined Universities XV and Leinster at U.19 and U.21 levels. After Trinity he completed a rugby scholarship at U.C.L.A., where he played for the inaugural USA Cougars but a severe knee injury originally suffered in a Colours match finished his playing career. He had some success as a trophy winning coach at Ballynahinch Rugby Club. He considers it his privilege to have been a player, captain, President and now Chairman of the Club – living out the maxim, “D.U.F.C. – a Club for Life”. A BESS graduate, after a career as a Chartered Accountant and in Banking John is now principal in PAX Commercial Mediation.

Honorary Treasurer

Doddy - Dublin University Football Club - Trinity Rugby

John Doddy

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Honorary Secretary

Gibson - Dublin University Football Club - Trinity Rugby

Peter Gibson

Peter played in the back-row for DUFC in the early 1970’s and between training sessions attended lectures for an Engineering degree. His work as a Civil Engineer and Project Manager has taken him the length and breadth of Ireland and to East Africa. On leaving college he played for Ballina RFC and represented Connaught A. A spell with Wanderers FC followed where he was a regular 1st XV member with other Trinity stalwarts Mick Fitzpatrick, Brendan Hyland and Val Cosgrave. Peter always maintained contact with DUFC and served as team manager in the 1990’s and Club President in 1998/99. He is the older brother of Michael, a former DUFC captain and Irish International in the 1970’s. He now has more time and is happy to be back as Hon Sec exemplifying the DUFC adage “a Club for Life”.

Honorary Medical Officer

Fennelly - Dublin University Football Club - Trinity Rugby

Dr.David Fennelly

Dr. David Fennelly, MD, FRCPI, ESMO has been a Consultant Medical Oncologist St Vincent’s University Hospital (SVUH) since 1996. Dr. Fennelly is a Consultant Medical Oncologist for St Luke’s Hospital, National Maternity Hospital, St. Vincent’s Private Hospital and Blackrock Clinic. Dr. Fennelly was a Trainer Specialist Registrar Programme RCPI. Dr. Fennelly serves as a Member of International Advisory Board of Oneview Ltd. and Oneview Healthcare PLC. Dr. Fennelly is a Member Director Centre for Colorectal Disease of SVUH and a Member of American Society of Clinical Oncology, European Society of Medical Oncology and Irish Society of Medical Oncology. Dr. Fennelly was a Member of Breast and Gynaecological Cancer from 1993 to 1996. Dr. Fennelly is a Fellow of Royal College of Physicians. Dr. Fennelly holds a Post Graduate Training from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre from 1991 to 1996

Director of Rugby & Honorary Fixtures Secretary

Dublin University Football Club - Trinity Rugby

Tony Smeeth

Born in England. Tony played his Rugby at St. Mary’s Puddletown, Puddletown RFC, Exeter RFC and County rugby at all levels with Dorset and Wiltshire including English schoolboy trials . This is Tony’s 16th season with DUFC. He came to the club in 1998 following three years as Senior Coach at Blackrock College RFC. Previously Tony lived and coached in Seattle, USA for ten years. While in the USA, Tony founded the USA U19s program in 1992 whom he coached on 8 tours to New Zealand /Australia. He also took the USA U19s to their first ever FIRA U19s championships back in 1998 in Toulouse, the same competition that Ireland won with Brian O’Driscoll. That same year he stepped in at the last minute and coached the Irish Women’s XV in the Women’s World Cup in Amsterdam. In 2010 Tony coached Leinster U19s to an undefeated inter-provincial championship. He has also coached Irish Universities on several occasions over the past 15 years. In 2012-13 Tony was the USA Senior Eagles Backs and Attack coach – coaching in 13 test matches including a narrow loss to Ireland in Houston Texas 15-12. He had another season with the Senior Eagles in 2006 coaching six games. Tony has coached at Willow Park School and Blackrock College School for the past 19 years. He is an IRFU Level 3, stage 5 IRB qualified coach, the highest coaching qualification an Irish coach can achieve. He has been married to Catherine for ten years, and they have a four year old daughter, Eabha.

Leinster Branch Representative & IRFU Committee

Dublin University Football Club - Trinity Rugby

Michael Coghlan

Educated at Gonzaga College in Dublin, Mick entered Trinity in 1969 and played for DUFC until he graduated in 1973 and then again for one further season in1975/6. He joined Bective Rangers FC in 1973 and, apart from the one season above, played for that club for the following ten years at every level between first XV and third B XV. In 1985 Mick turned to coaching with DUFC thirds and continued as a coach for DUFC working with the Freshman and the 2nd XVs over the next five seasons. Mick was elected President of DUFC for the season 1990/91. In 1992 he was appointed Hon. Sec. of the Club and served in that capacity for the following three years. During that period he also served as Manager of the first XV in conjunction with Roly Meates firstly and, after that, with Dermot Strong. Since 2004, Mick has represented DUFC as its representative on the Leinster Branch Executive Committee. He has been a member of a variety of committees both within the Branch and the IRFU, currently sitting on the Branch Senior Clubs Committee. He has been Chair of Discipline in the Branch for the last six years and carries out disciplinary duties for the IRFU, the Guinness Pro 12, the 6 Nations and the IRB (now World Rugby). Mick is now a Judge of the District Court and continues to live in Dublin. He feels that he has already enjoyed a full lifetime of rugby as a member of DUFC but has been stimulated by the energy and renewal in DUFC to continue to enjoy the “Club for life” experience.