Draw for Student Sport Ireland /IRFU Colleges’ Men’s Rugby Cup Competitions made.

January 26, 2017  |  News  |  Share
Team Captains from colleges taking part in the SSI/IRFU Brendan Johnston Cup, pictured in the Aviva Stadium at the Launch and Draw for the 2017 competition yesterday. Photo Credit ((c) INPHO Tommy Dickson)

Team Captains from colleges taking part in the SSI/IRFU Brendan Johnston Cup, pictured in the Aviva Stadium at the Launch and Draw for the 2017 competition yesterday. Photo Credit ((c) INPHO Tommy Dickson)

Launch and Draw’s for Student Sport Ireland IRFU Colleges’ Men’s Rugby Cup Competitions.

The launch and draws of the third level colleges’ senior rugby cup competitions were held yesterday at the Aviva stadium.
Twenty-seven college rugby teams will participate in three cup competitions coordinated by the IRFU and Student Sport Ireland, the governing body for third level sport on the island of Ireland.
Guest of honour at the event was Mr. Brendan Johnston after whom the Senior Cup Competition is named. During his thirty five years as Sports Officer and lecturer at Dundalk Institute of Technology Mr. Johnston was an advocate for third level sport with a passion for rugby, serving as Hon. Secretary to the Irish Colleges Rugby Union for many years.
Players, coaches and representatives of third level colleges attended the launch which was addressed by Mr. Ronan Keaskin, Student Sport Ireland Domestic Competitions Committee Chairperson and Mr. Eoin Hogan, Age Grade Manager, Irish Rugby Football Union.
Mr. Keaskin said “On behalf of Student Sport Ireland I am proud and delighted to attend today’s event to launch our second year of colleges’ rugby cup competitions. In 2016 we ran three very successful competitions, with the knockout format proving very popular with players and coaches alike”. Mr. Keaskin also announced that Athlone IT in association with Buccaneers RFC will host the finals day this year, “We are delighted to be going to Athlone this year and their link with Buccaneers RFC and their facilities will also give us the chance to live stream the finals for the first time ever” said Mr Keaskin.
In his address Mr. Hogan complemented both the IRFU and Student Sport Ireland on the progress that has been made specifically acknowledging the work being undertaken within colleges by volunteer coaches and sports staff in the development of third level rugby.
The draw for Brendan Johnston Cup, Tier 2 and Tier 3 cups are as follows. Tier 2 and Tier 3 Cup games will be played on the 8th February with the Brendan Johnston Cup kicking off on the 15th of February. Kick off times will be confirmed in the coming days with the cups culminating with the finals on March 22nd in Buccaneers RFC.
Brendan Johnston Cup Draw

Game 1: Garda College v Limerick IT
Game 2: Athlone IT v Waterford IT
Game 3: Dublin IT v Dublin City University
Game 4: IT Carlow v Ulster University

Semi – Final Line Up:
Game 5: Winner of Game 1 hosts Winner of Game 2
Game 6: Winner of Game 3 hosts Winner of Game 4

Tier Two Cup Draw

Munster Group
Game 1: University of Limerick v IT Tralee
Game 2: IT Tralee v Mary Immaculate
Game 3: Mary Immaculate v University of Limerick

Leinster/Connacht Group
Game 1: IT Carlow ‘B’ v IT Tallaght
Game 2: IT Tallaght v Athlone IT ‘B’
Game 3: Athlone IT ‘B’ v IT Carlow ‘B’

Semi – Final Line Up:
Game 5: Winner of Munster Group hosts Runner Up of Leinster/Connacht Group
Game 6: Winner of Leinster/Connacht Group hosts Runner Up of Munster Group

Tier Three Cup

Game 1: Belfast Met host Queens Stranmillis
Game 2: Ulster University Coleraine host Queens University Belfast
Game 3: University College Cork host IT Blanchardstown
Game 4: Galway Mayo IT host IT Sligo
Game 5: NUI Galway host University of Limerick ‘B’

Quarter – Final Line Up
Game 9: Winner of Game 1 host Dundalk IT
Game 10: Winner of Game 2 host Ulster University Jordanstown
Game 11: Winner of Game 3 host Maynooth University
Game 12: Winner of Game 4 host Winner of Game 5

Semi-Final Line Up:
Winner of Game 9 host Winner of Game 10
Winner of Game 11 host Winner of Game 12


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