U20 Coaches

/U20 Coaches
U20 Coaches2021-09-05T17:29:19+00:00

Director of 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 .

Tony came to Trinity 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.

2012-13 Tony was the USA Senior Eagles Backs and

Attack coach – coaching in 13 test matches including 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 over 20 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 over ten years, and they have a daughter Eabha .

Forwards Coach

Dublin University Football Club - Trinity Rugby

Keith Murphy

Keith played with Trinity for 6 years as Hooker for the 1st XV under Tony Smeeth and Hugh McGuire. He played for Trinity in the European Universities Rugby Cup Final in 2004 in Toulouse and played two seasons for the Irish Universities Team in 1999-2001.

He went to school in Blackrock College where he won a JCT and two SCT Medals in 1995 & ’96 with ‘The Dream Team’. He then was a member of the Blackrock College RFC U/20’s where he played under Tony Smeeth, winning the “double-treble” – Leinster League, McCorry Cup and All Ireland Championship 2 years in a row.

This is Keith’s second spell as coach with the Trinity U20’s. He was part of the U20’s All Ireland Championship winning coaching ticket in 2004. He has since coached Leinster Ladies and Blackrock College Ladies who were AIL Div 1 Finalists last year.

Keith works in finance in the Business Banking sector with Bank of Ireland in Grand Canal Square.