The History of Rugby in the Marist College
Marist College has long had a tradition of sporting excellence and we pride ourselves in fostering the pursuit of excellence in a sport-for-all environment. Sport is an integral part of both curricular and extra-curricular activities in the school. We endeavour to facilitate all sports, any boy wishing to play under the school colours is encouraged and helped.
Today the College supports boys in over 15 different sports
Rugby is one of these sports. It is played from September through to April; competitive matches are usually against other Connacht A schools (and clubs), but also against teams from other provinces and from overseas. The 1st XV also participates in tournaments and tours overseas. Boys at this level benefit from some of the best training and skills development available.
Boys will also have the opportunity to tour at other levels, such as the Senior squads involvement at the Gloucester Schools Tournament in England in 2012 and our squads have toured Scotland, England, Wales and France..
In total there are a six teams from 1st Years to U-14’s to Junior Cup and Senior Cup , all of which have regular fixtures throughout the season.
The School understands that rugby may not appeal to all boys: however, in the early years, each boy has an opportunity to play in a team that suits his level. This gives everyone an opportunity to represent his School . (Boys also develop physically at different rates - so the boy that may not enjoy the sport at 12, can often at 16 turn into one of the School's best players.)
The School has a proud record of achievement in Rugby and we believe this is partly due to the quality of our coaching and our facilities, but also because of the School's ethos and the encouragement boys of all abilities are given to participate.