Monday 18 December 2017

All are welcome at student festival

The IURU's Festival of Rubgy kicks off next Saturday
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Next Saturday, the Irish Universities Rugby Union (IURU) will host its annual Festival of Rugby, to be played over the October Bank Holiday weekend.

Twenty-two teams and 550 participating players make it the largest third-level rugby event in Ireland.

The event will be jointly hosted by Terenure College and Terenure College RFC. There will be four competitions resulting in 25 games being played over the day with the four finals in succession.

Facilities will be available in Terenure RFC to watch the first World Cup semi-final (kick off 4.0). All spectators are welcome.

There will be four competitions running concurrently.

The main event is the Dudley Cup, the senior inter-varsity competition with Queens University travelling to Dublin as holders.

The Conroy Cup is the premier U-20 university tournament, inaugurated in 1988. Unlike the Dudley, both NUIG and NUIM take part in this underage competition. TCD are the holders.

The Maughan-Scally Cup is considered to be the most social and 'old school' of the inter-varsity competitions, with NUIG the holders.

The Kay Bowen Trophy is for ladies and began in 2012. Last season (2014/15) saw increased participation, with TCD, NUIG, UCD and Queen's all entering and NUIG beating UCC in the final.

The Festival begins with the pool stages of the Kay Bowen & Maughan-Scally at 11.0 and will conclude with the Dudley final at 5.10.

The presentation will follow in the Lakelands clubhouse.

Irish Independent

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