Rugby Commitee

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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.

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.

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

Dublin University Football Club - Trinity Rugby

Colm Hogan

This is Colm’s fourth year with DUFC as he is in final year in Law & French. He sits on the committee as Club Captain and captain of the First XV. An experienced, talented fullback cum winger, Colm is a great leader on and off the pitch. He has gained experience representing Munster and Ireland at all underage levels, captaining Munster U20, while he spent the last year playing with French second division club Colomiers. Colm was a member of the JP Fanagan winning U20s in his first year with us and has won a Conroy Cup in the same season. He will be hoping to lead Trinity to further success in what is our third season in AIL 1A.

Women’s Captain

Dublin University Football Club - Trinity Rugby

Jane Leahy

Jane is the Captain of the Women’s team and an Engineering student. This is her third year with DUFC having previously played for Mullingar RFC. Jane plays primarily as a tighthead prop but also enjoys playing in the backrow. She was the vice-captain last year and is looking forward to stepping into the captaincy this season, hoping to lead the Women’s team to further success. Jane is excited to see how the team will progress over the coming season as they compete in both the Student Sport Ireland League and Leinster League. This is her first year on the committee.

Student Officer

Dublin University Football Club - Trinity Rugby

Grace Quinliven

Grace is a student officer for the club and a third year Chemistry student. Grace is a winger and has been playing with DUFC for 3 years. She is delighted to see the progress the team has made in that time and hoping to see the team get even stronger in the coming year. This is her first year on the committee.

Student Officer

Dublin University Football Club - Trinity Rugby

Daryl Egan

Daryl is a student officer for the club. He is in second year and plays with the under 20s team, where he is one of the key leaders. A scrum-half, who has represented Munster at underage level, this is Daryl’s second year on the committee.

Communications Officer

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Joe Horan

Joe is Communications Officer this season for the club. This is Joe’s fifth year with DUFC and he plays hooker with the senior team. He is also a coach with the Women’s team and therefore has good links within the club as a whole. This is his second year on the committee.

DUCAC Representative

Dublin University Football Club - Trinity Rugby

Rory Clark

Joe is Communications Officer this season for the club. This is Joe’s fifth year with DUFC and he plays hooker with the senior team. He is also a coach with the Women’s team and therefore has good links within the club as a whole. This is his second year on the committee.