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.
This is Michael’s fifth year with DUFC as he is studying for a Master’s in Engineering. He sits on the committee as captain of the First XV. A powerful and determined centre, Michael is a great leader on and off the pitch. He already has a Colours win to his name as well as three Conroy Cups and a JP Fanagan League with the Under 20s. He will be hoping to add to these this season.
Molly is the Captain of the women’s team. She is a third year Physiotherapy student. She started playing rugby when she joined DUFC in first year and has never looked back. She plays at 8 for DUFC Women, but is known to make appearances in the centre when required. She was Vice Captain of the team last season and is looking forward to a positive and progressive season as Captain this year. Molly is excited for the season ahead as the team competes in Division 1 of the Student Sport Ireland League and in Division 3 of the Leinster League, having achieved promotion from Division 4. This is her first year as an active committee member.
Kayla is a student representative to the club. This will be her third year playing for Trinity. She was introduced to rugby in college as it is still a growing sport in her home country, America. She usually plays flanker for the women’s team. Last year, she was a student representative for five sporting clubs to the Dublin University Central Athletics Club. Kayla is looking forward to getting back on the pitch as the women’s team will be playing in both the SSI league and Leinster Division III.