Rugby Commitee

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Rugby Commitee2021-06-09T10:53:13+00:00


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.

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 School, Puddletown; Puddletown RFC; Exeter RFC; and County rugby at all levels with his home county Dorset and Wiltshire  -including English schoolboy and Colts (U19s)trials .

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 7 tours to New Zealand  and Australia. While in the USA he coached the Redmond High school team and his club Seattle RFC for 10 years (player/coach for six years) – finishing 2nd and 3rd in the USA HS National championships in 1993 and 94.

Tony came to Trinity in 1998-99 following three years as Senior Coach at Blackrock College RFC (1995-98), coaching the 1st XV in the AIL Division One. He coached the club’s U20s during the same period winning two back to back All Ireland Championships.

Tony coached the USA U19s to their first ever FIRA U19s championship back in 1998 in Toulouse. That same year he stepped in at the last minute and coached the Ireland Women’s squad in the Women’s World Cup in Amsterdam.

In July 2007, Tony helped coach an undefeated tour to South Africa with Leinster Schools.

In 2010 Tony coached Leinster U19s to an undefeated inter-provincial championship. He has also coached Irish Universities on several occasions over the past 22 years.

2006-07, while still coaching in Trinity, Tony was the USA Senior Eagles Backs Coach.

He had a second spell with the US Eagles in 2012-14 as Attack Coach.  Overall he coached in 13 ‘Tests’. These games Included a narrow loss to Ireland in Houston Texas 15-12.

Tony has coached at Willow Park School and Blackrock College School for over 25 years.

He is an IRFU Level 3, stage 5 IRB qualified coach, the highest coaching qualification an Irish coach can achieve.

During the past 22 years Tony has coached over 400 Trinity 1st XV games (including 350 AIL games) winning four AIL championships at different levels;

Division 4 in 2000-01

Division 3 in 2002-03

Division 2 in 2004-02

Division 2A  in 2011-12

Trinity 1st XV have also achieved runner up in two other seasons.

Division 3 – runner up in 2001-02 to Barnhall – not promoted.

Division 1B – Runner up in 2015-16 to St Marys College – promoted.

Trinity’s highest placing in the AIL was in 2017-18 where they took 4th in 1A and qualified for the semi-final of the All Ireland Championship, losing away to Cork Con .

He coached roughly the same number of games in that period with Trinity U20s squad (on Sundays) where Trinity has qualified for seven U20s All Ireland Finals (Frazer McMullen Trophy) in 22 years winning four Championships in 2004, 2006, 2017 and 2018 including the last two completed Championships.

Tony and his wife Catherine have a daughter Éabha.

Club Administrator

Dublin University Football Club - Trinity Rugby

Kay Bowen

Kay joined Trinity in 1997 as Club Administrator putting the DUFC Office on the map. This is her 17th season with the Club. She was elected President of the Club in 2011/2012, becoming the first Lady President of an Irish University’s Rugby Club, leading the Club to promotion from Division 2 and becoming the All Ireland Club 7s Champions. In June 2012, the Irish Universities Rugby Union founded a Ladies Rugby Inter-Varsity competition, naming it “The Kay Bowen Cup”. She is married to Jim Bowen, of Munster Team fame, and has three children, Carla, Kim and James.

Club Captain

James Hickey

James is in his fourth year with DUFC and is studying Mechanical Engineering. He sits on the committee as Club Captain and captain of the First XV. James is an experienced centre having played there since he was in school, he is used to his role as a leader in the group as he captained his U20 Trinity side to the All-Ireland trophy in 2018 along with the U20 colours trophy and the Conroy Cup. He was also a leader in the Trinity side of last season, starting every AIL game for the team as they claimed 4th place in the AIL Division 1A league for the first time ever and retained the Colours trophy in the UCD Bowl. James will hope to lead Trinity to further success this season with the support of all those involved in the club.

Women’s Captain

Genevieve Ruesch

Genevieve Ruesch is captain of the women’s team and a student of English and history. Having played four years back in America, this is her third year playing with DUFC as scrum half. She is incredibly excited about the promotion into Division 2 of the Leinster League and has high hopes for the outcome of the season. This is her first year on the committee.

Junior’s Captain

David Moore

Dave is the captain of the 3rd XV and Junior club in DUFC. Dave is a third year PhD student having graduated with a BA and MSc from Trinity College. Dave plays fullback and wing and has previously played with Coolmine RFC and Catholic University School. This is Dave’s second year as captain and he hopes to build on his achievements last season in developing a strong ‘middle club’ both on and off the pitch. This is his second year on the committee.

Student Officer

Paul Damery

Paul is one of two DUFC student officers. A second year Physics student Paul is a member of the senior squad and plays primarily at inside centre. Before joining Trinity Paul played first XV rugby with his old club North Kildare RFC. This is Paul’s second year on the rugby committee.

Student Officer

Susanna Mollen

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DUCAC Representative

Rory Clarke

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