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 .

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.

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 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 is married to Catherine for ten years, and they have a four year old daughter Eabha .

Forwards Coach

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Hugh Maguire

Hugh has been Forwards Coach at Trinity for the past 12 years. Previously he coached and played for St. Mary’s RFC where he coached many Irish Internationals  including Denis Hickie, Victor Costello and Trevor Brennan among others. He was a level 4 coach in the old Irish coaching system.

While a student at UCG (NUIG) Hugh played for Irish Universities on their tour to New Zealand in 1978. He played his representative rugby for Connacht and was capped for Ireland A.

Hugh’s ‘day job’ is Principal at Willow Park School where he has taught for over 30 years and he has been heavily involved in the Rugby in that school during that period. He is married to Geraldine and has two children in David and Rachel.

Manager

John Young

John, having played soccer to “a decent level”, came to rugby late in life when his two sons came to Trinity, joined the club and made a great contribution. Roger earned his Colours, while Keith is still involved in the game, working for IRUPA. We have them to thank for John now being a backbone of the club, managing player and coaches needs at training nights, on Saturdays and on Sundays with the J1s and U20s. It takes something to take John away from his and his wife Linda’s love of horses – he left school at 12 to become a jockey, only to return when he was 14! His daughter Melanie has inherited this equine connection and she has won two European bronze medals representing Trinity at the European Championships. It says a lot about the unique experience that is Trinity Rugby that John spends so much time absorbed in it and now adding richly to it. A “stalwart” is defined as loyal, reliable and hard-working. John is all of these and more – he is on his way to becoming a Trinity legend. He came in and got hooked – a great example of our vision statement “DUFC – a club for life” .

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Junior Charlie

Junior Charlie

Born in New Zealand Junior played provincial rugby for Waikato before arriving to Galway Ireland in 1998 as Connachts first professional rugby player. With a huge passion for the fitness industry as well as  studying sports science in New Zealand Junior moved to Dublin in 2003 where he worked as a personal trainer in David Lloyds Gym. In 2005 Junior joined Trinity Rugby as a strength and conditioning coach and has become a very integeral part of the rugby club.

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Ross Hamilton

Ross Hamilton

Ross Hamilton is an ex Trinity player and student. Played U20’s for Trinity before committing to an Olympic campaign in sailing. Ex International sailor having competed on the ISAF World Cup Tour for five years and campaigned for both London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympics. He has just completed an MSc in Exercise Physiology focusing on recovery and sports performance. Has a particular interest in human performance and physical development.

About Us

Dublin University Football Club is the oldest club in the world in continuous existence. Football, which may have come to Ireland from Britain, was originally a peasant pastime based on the parish or village. It was unregulated and violent, and fatal accidents occurred during matches with alarming frequency. One challenge between neighbouring villages in Co. Derry read, ‘for the Late Sleepers to come over on [a certain Sunday] and kick the Early Risers’ - See more

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