The club was established in 1968, and is now in its 53rd season. It has strong tradition of success, both in league and cup competitions, and in its players representing Junior Ulster. It also embarks on regular international tours, the last being to the Netherlands in 2018. The club continues to have tremendous support from several generations of graduates who demonstrate deep loyalty to UUC for what the club has given them on and off the field, both as students and when returning each year for the annual “exile” games.
Currently, UUC RFC 1st XV play in Championship Division 3 of the IRFU Ulster Branch competitions. Last season, at the time of lock-down the team was in 2nd position in Division 3 and on course for a play-off for promotion. Most of that group of players are available again this year and, under the expert guidance of former Ulster coach, Brian McLaughlin, expectations are high.
Each year the club relies heavily on a new intake of freshers to sustain its future. All are welcome, whether they are serious or social players, experienced or beginners. Despite current uncertainties it is hoped that a 2nd XV will play friendlies up to Christmas with the possibility of league rugby afterwards.
On Wednesdays, the club competes in Student Sport Ireland (SSI) competitions, allowing players to gain even more rugby experience by playing teams from all over Ireland. The SSI side is open to all students on the Coleraine campus, including those registered for Saturday rugby with other clubs.