Thursday 18 April 2019

CYM and Haddington renew oldest rivalry

Blackrock College captain James Culhane lifts the trophy following his side’s 24-14 victory over St Mary’s College in the Leinster Schools Junior Cup final
Blackrock College captain James Culhane lifts the trophy following his side’s 24-14 victory over St Mary’s College in the Leinster Schools Junior Cup final

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One of CYM RFC Terenure's oldest traditions is the annual 'Friendship Cup' fixture with Haddington RFC, Scotland.

The clubs formed a partnership in 1949 and have been playing this fixture now for 69 years - coinciding every year with the Six Nations tie between the two countries - making it the longest-running rivalry (and friendly) between an Irish and Scottish club.

Every second year CYM welcome the Scots to Terenure Sports Club and, on alternate years,the hospitality is returned in welcoming CYM RFC to Neilson Park, Haddington.

CYM RFC were delighted to welcome Haddington RFC to Terenure Sports Club for the annual clash on March 9.

The game was a cracker and the Scots had the upper hand on the day and came up trumps - retaining the 'Friendship Cup' for another year.

This annual clash is the epitome of all that is good about rugby union - a disciplined, high-intensity encounter for the 60 minutes on the pitch followed up by handshakes, hugs and plenty of socialising after the final whistle and into the night.

Here's to the 70th instalment next year.

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