Rugby                                                          

See here for this year's fixture list.

See latest photos of Senior Rugby here and of Junior Rugby here

 

IRFU guide to Concussion available here

Staff involvement

 

We are very fortunate as a school to have a significant input from staff members in the running of rugby teams across all age groups.

A large number of all rugby coaches/managers in the school are either staff members or past pupils.

We find that the involvement of staff and past pupils leads to exceptional behaviour both on and off the pitch, as well as developing the player to reach his potential.

 

Facilities

 

  • The school has four rugby pitches which are used for training and matches. All of these pitches are on the school site. Three of the pitches (Senior, Junior & U15) are adjacent to one another at the back of the school. The fourth pitch (U14) is in isolation to the east of the school, adjacent to the science block.

 

  • We have a scrum machine, also situated on the back pitches, to help with coaching correct scrummaging technique.

 

  • We have an indoor sports hall to the rear of the school which is sometimes used for fitness training/indoor sessions.

 

  • We have a state of the art weights room overlooking the back rugby pitches. The weights room contains both fixed and free weights equipment.

 

  • We also have a cardiovascular room with rowing machines, bikes and x-training machines.

 

  • We currently have 14 rugby changing rooms, adjacent to the sports hall, which are used for both home and away teams, and for training. There are shower and toilet facilities available here.

 

Teams

 

We have large numbers of students playing rugby, as it is the main autumn/winter sport in the school.

 

Senior 1st & 2nd XV

 

  • The Senior 1st & 2nd XV teams are coached by Declan Fassbender, Martin Fenlon, Stephen McVeigh & James Kenny, and coached/managed by Ken Murray.

  • All teams play regular fixtures against schools in Leinster, and sometimes further afield.

  • The senior players also have weights and conditioning sessions during the week with Chris Coburn.

  • The Senior 1st XV participate in the Leinster School’s Division 1A League which runs from September to December of the school year.

  • We have won four Senior League titles since its inception in 1994, the most recent being in the 2018/19 season.

  • The Senior 1st XV participate annually in the Leinster School’s Senior Cup competition, held between January and March of the school year.

  • We have reached the final of this competition on one occasion in 2018/19, and the semi-final in 2016/17. We have won the Vinnie Murray Cup on two occasions.

  • The Senior 2nd XV participate annually in the Leinster School’s 2nd XV League which runs from January to March of the school year.

  • We have won one 2nd XV League Division One title since its inception in 1987.

 

TY XV

 

  • The TY XV are coached/managed by John Benson & Micheal O’Kennedy.

  • They train a couple of days a week, with matches on Wednesday/Saturday.

  • The TY players also have weights and conditioning sessions during the week.

  • The TY XV participate annually in the Transition Year League before Christmas and the Leinster School’s East Coast League competition which runs from January to March of the school year.

 

Junior 1st, 2nd & 3rd XV

 

  • The Junior 1st, 2nd & 3rd XV teams are coached by Mark McGroarty, Hugh Byrne, Ross McKeever & Eoin Barron, and managed by Gareth Pelly & Aryn Penn.

  • They train on Monday, Tuesday & Saturday, with matches on Wednesday/Saturday.

  • The junior players also have weights and conditioning sessions during the week.

  • The Junior 1st XV participate in the Leinster School’s Division 1A League which runs from September to December of the school year.

  • We have won three Junior League titles since its inception in 1995.

  • The Junior 1st XV participate annually in the Leinster School’s Junior Cup competition, held between January and March of the school year.

  • We have reached three finals of this competition, but we are yet to win it.

  • The Junior 2nd XV play regular fixtures during the year and participate in a League competition between January and March of the school year.

  • We have won two Junior 2nd XV Division 2 titles since its inception in 1996.

  • The Junior 3rd XV play regular fixtures during the year and participate in a League competition between January and March of the school year.

U15 Rugby

 

  • The U15 teams are coached/managed by George Naoupu, Fiona McCarthy, Robert Quinlan & Barry Goulding, and past pupils.

  • They train on Monday & Thursday, with matches on Wednesday/Saturday.

  • The U15 teams play regular fixtures during the year, probably more than any other age group.

U14 Rugby

 

  • The U14 teams are coached/managed by Ken Moore, George Naoupu, Robert McCarthy and past pupils.

  • All U14 players are encouraged to play rugby.

  • They train on Monday & Thursday, with matches on Wednesday/Saturday.

  • Most of their rugby until October mid-term is based on a 10-a-side format, to encourage maximum participation, and there are various blitz competitions with other local schools during that time.

  • We regularly field at least three, sometimes four teams at U14.

  • The U14 teams play regular fixtures during the year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cup Match Reports 2016


Seniors                                             

Gonzaga v Wesley

Gonzaga v Roscrea (QF)        

                         

Juniors
Gonzaga v Pres Bray

Matt Healy won his first cap for Ireland in their third test against the Springboks. 
The match took place in Port Elizabeth on Saturday 25 June 2016. 
Ireland narrowly lost the match and the series by 2 - 1. Healy played at fullback.
He usually plays on the wing for Connaught and played at scrum-half when in
Gonzaga.

Contact Info

Tel: (01) 497 2931

Fax: (01) 496 7769

Email: office@gonzaga.ie

Web: www.gonzaga.ie

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Gonzaga College SJ

Sandford Road

Ranelagh

Dublin D06 KF95

Ireland