By James Bollard
The DIT Rugby Team are currently placed in fourth position of the Division One Student Sport Ireland League.
Although the team are fourth, the team topping the table is the Garda College at 15 points after three of three wins. However, with a total of five rounds, the Garda College still have two games left to be played which means they could still be topped by a different team.
DIT also have two games left and it may seem like they are being outweighed by the Garda College as they currently stand at 12 points in fourth place, but the DIT side are showing some potential as on a total scale of scoring difference they overcome the Garda College by 8 points at a total of 38.
This year DIT rugby had a record number of sign ups. This was due to our strong performance in both the league and all Ireland cup last season which has peaked much interest throughout the college. Last season was DIT Rugby’s first time in the top division of the Student Sport Ireland League. This was following back-to-back promotion from the second and third tiers during the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
Saying this, at times the team struggled due to the step up in skill and the organisation of other teams, such as Carlow and Athlone IT, which our squad found challenging on occasion. However, we finished the league in second place and lost out to eventual winners, Carlow IT, in the semi-final of the all-Ireland cup.
This season, we aim to go one better in both competitions. During the pre-season there was a strong recruitment drive which has brought a range of players to the club, with experiences ranging from Munster and Leinster U19 to Ireland U20. This recruitment drive was an absolute must to bring in the experience necessary for us to face the challenges of both league and cup.
We are also delighted to announce Ros Nutrition as our official sponsorship partner for the 2017/2018 season. Ros are the only Irish nutrition company which produce all their products in Ireland. We would like to take this time to say a big thank you to Ros for their support and we will be announcing a 20% discount code available to all DIT students on Ros Products in the coming weeks.
If you are interested in getting involved with DIT rugby, training takes place every Monday at 6.30pm in Grangegorman with a bus leaving from Aungier street at 6pm, with all matches taking place on Wednesdays. Please contact Herbie McClelland on 087 2245507 or by email at [email protected]