Rugby Scholarships

The University will award up to two postgraduate Masters Course scholarships to high level rugby players who currently reside out of the UK.

One of the scholarships will allow an Irish qualified rugby player who resides outside of Northern Ireland but is Irish qualified. The other will be an international based player.

In addition to playing for UUC RFC each scholarship will include:

• Tuition fees to a postgraduate masters course of choice based at the Coleraine campus.
• Assistance to living costs throughout the year.

Anyone interested should send their name, date of birth, postal address, a brief CV of their rugby career and academic qualifications to:
Gareth Millar, Rugby Development Officer at

The Legendary Exiles Weekend

Exiles Weekend


This year is 29 April – 2 May (same weekend as the Royal Wedding)


The itinerary is as follows:


Friday 29 April


Exiles Golf Competition at the Riverside Course, Portstewart. The tee is booked from 2.30 to 3.30 pm. We have been allocated 7 x 4 balls. Those who wish to participate should contact John Lutton, by the 21st April.


Saturday 30 April


Matches          UUC 2nds v. Exiles @ 1.30 pm

UUC 1st XV v. President’s XV @ 3.00pm


This year’s President’s XV is being organised and captained by Jonathan Brown.

Those wishing to play in the 2nds match should contact Chris Tees or William White


There will be refreshments afterwards at the pavilion.


There will be a semi-formal get-together in the University Senior Common Room from 6.00pm to 10.00 pm and this will include a sit-down meal and craic. The price will be £20 per person.  There will be a live ‘big screen’ viewing of the Heineken Cup Semi-Final match.  Unicabs will be on hand to transfer those with staying power to the Shenanigans afterwards, to book him early call 0751692022.


Partners / Girlfriends / Wives are very welcome to attend the dinner.  In order to organise food could you indicate to Calum Rowden, if you intend to be attending the dinner by Thursday 21st April.


The club is looking forward to seeing you at exiles.



John Lutton, Honorary Secretary

Brett Campbell, 1XV Coach

Alan McCully, Director of Rugby

Hard Earned Bonus Point Win Against Lisburn

Match Day Sponsor – Pest Solutions


Students score bonus point win!


The University of Ulster, Coleraine sponsored by Pest Solutions, entertained Lisburn RFC on Saturday looking to make it three wins in a row and succeeded with a hard fought 24-19 bonus point win.


With the wind blowing down the pitch the students decided to play into the wind and pushed Lisburn right back from the kick-off after great chasing from Michael Dunleavy.  Great turn over play by from the UUC forwards forced Lisburn wide on the right and quick hands from the student backs set Sam Hall free wide on the left wing to score.  Lee Murphy added the simple conversion.


Lisburn responded positively from the early student try and proceeded to attack their defence before finding space for their winger to squeeze through before sprinting in under the posts.  The conversion was added and the scores tied.  The away side looked to build on this and a bad pass from the UUC backs led to an intercept and Lisburn to score again in the corner.  The conversion was missed but Lisburn were now in control.


After the early set back and being behind, UUC started to build phases and a penalty for ruck infringements allowed Murphy to kick for the lineout.  Great build up play led to UUC being awarded a scrum for a knock on and from the scrum the ball was spread wide and Sam Hall again bust through to score his second try.  Calum Rowden missed the difficult touchline kick.


With the scores tied at 12-12 UUC pushed to make their momentum count and great forwards play at the ruck allowed Andrew Winder to release Rowden down the middle of the park and from the edge of the 22 danced his way through the Lisburn defence to score under the posts.  Murphy added the conversion and that left the students 19-12 up at half time.


After the half both sides looked to add to their points total but it was the students who struck first.  A quick bit of play from the UUC forwards allowed Sam Hall to break the Lisburn defence and run in from the half way line to score his third try of the game.  Murphy missed the difficult conversion.


Lisburn knowing a converted try would earn them a losing bonus went on the attack and after great play and ill-discipline from UUC put Lisburn right on the home sides try line.  Twice Lisburn attacked the UUC line with their big rumbling forwards and twice were held up and after several reset scrums drove over to score.  The try was converted and the score was now only 24-19.


With minutes left on the clock UUC fought hard in defence to hold out Lisburn who now had all the momentum but an offside in the middle of the park gave UUC the chance to kick for the posts and deny Lisburn their losing bonus point but alas, it wasn’t to be as the wind caught Murphy’s attempt and pulled it wide of the posts.


At the final whistle UUC were 24-19 winners having been made to work very hard for it and now look forward to their All-Ireland Semi-final match against Carlow IT before welcoming Belfast High School Former Pupils to Cromore Road for the penultimate game of the season.

Bonus Piont win at Belfast Former High School

UUC punish High School


The University of Ulster, Coleraine continued their winning form when they travelled to Belfast High School Former Pupils RFC on Saturday and left with not only a win but also a bonus point after a comprehensive 42-0 victory.


It was the visitors who registered the first points of the game when High School were penalised for foul play at the ruck and Lee Murphy stepped up to score the penalty to make it 3-0.  Both sides looked to build platforms to work off but it was UUC who capitalised and quick rucking by the student pack allowed the backs to unleash Sam Hall down the left wing who skipped through several tackles to score in the corner.  Murphy missed the difficult conversion.  UCC continued to strangle High School of possession or forced them to make a mistake when they did have it.


UUC looked like scoring off every phase of play they put together and quick thinking by Michael Dunleavy down the blind side, broke the gain line before off loading to Peter Smith who dived over to score the student’s second try.  Murphy missed the touchline conversion.  High School started to put some phases together and forced UUC back towards their own line but ended up handing possession back over to the students courtesy of a lineout which they won allowing Andrew Winder to release his backline and again Sam Hall dodged several tackles to score his second of the game.  Gareth Millar missed the conversion to leave the score at 18-0.


With the half time approaching the students rumbled towards the High School line but had to settle for a 5 metre scrum after a High School knock on.  From the resultant uncontested scrum, Andrew Winder attacked the High School defence and broke the defensive line to score under the posts and secure the student’s bonus point.  Murphy converted the simple conversion.  The half time score was 25-o in favour of UUC.


The second half started with UUC piling all the pressure on High School and a great backline move allowed Matthew Hill to carve an opening before offloading one handed to an onrushing Sam Hall who made no mistake in going over for his third try of the game.  Millar missed the difficult touchline conversion.  From the resultant kick-off, Peter Smith collected and broke several tackle before sprinting clear and with only the full back to beat, offloaded to John Dillon who sprinted in from the 22 to add another try to the UUC score.  Murphy added the conversion to make it 37-0.


High School having been reduced to 13 men due to injury continued to battle on but UUC attacked their way to the High School line and a ruck on the 22 allowed Murphy to pick and go blind before offloading to Smith who went over for his second and the final score of the game.  Millar missed the conversion and the referee called proceedings to an end with UUC finishing victorious with a 42-0 win.


UUC welcome Banbridge 2XV to Cromore for their final conference league match of the season this Saturday looking to further add to their winning run.

UUC halt Dee league challenge

The University of Ulster, Coleraine finally ended a long run of defeats with victory over promotion chasing Donaghadee RFC with a hard fought and well deserved 17-3 win.


It was the home side who took command from the kick off with the students bossing the breakdown area and keeping the rumbling forwards of Donaghadee at bay.  It was however the away side who registered the first points of the game for an infringement at the ruck and Dee converted the penalty to give them three points.  The students responded well putting phase after phase together with their forwards doing most of the work they were awarded for their efforts with a penalty themselves.  However, Gareth Miller missed the difficult conversion from the left side of the field to leave the visitors with the lead.


UUC tightened their grip on the game and some fancy footwork and quick thinking from Lee Murphy allowed himself to race through the Donaghadee defence only to be pushed into touched as he went over in the corner.  The students were finally awarded for their efforts when a great series of pick and go’s allowed Jamie Wilkinson to power his way to the line only to be held up short but John Lutton was on hand to collect from Wilkinson before sneaking over to score the student’s first points of the game.  Murphy was successful with the conversion to leave the half time score 7-3 to the students.


The students started the second half like they finished the first, at breakneck speed and blew Donaghadee off the park with great play from both forwards and backs.  They were further rewarded with a penalty for offside which Murphy coolly slotted over to further extend his team’s lead to 10-3.


Donaghadee started to work their way back into the game and started to put some phases of play together themselves and came close to scoring but were forced back right on the student’s line by David Orr and Andrew Winder in the centre of the field.  Dee continued to bombard the student defence with wave after wave of forward play but could not break through.


UUC worked hard to get back into the Dee half and after a break by Michael Dunleavy through the middle of the defence, Dunleavy was held up and the students former a maul which they drove to just short of the Dee line.  Quick hands and thinking by the student backs allowed Sam Hall to go over in the corner to further add to the home side’s score.  Miller made no mistakes with the conversion and put it through the sticks.


Both sides traded attacks but with the clock ticking down UUC starved Donaghadee of the ball and played controlled and sensible rugby to shut out any chance of a comeback by the visitors.  With the final whistle came joy and celebration for the home side that had finally ended their seven game losing streak to one of the top teams in the league with a hard fought but deserved 17-3 victory.  UUC now travel to Belfast High School Former Pupils this Saturday looking to follow this home victory up with a win on their travels.

CIYMS too strong for students

The University of Ulster, Coleraine welcomed CIYMS RFC to Cromore Road on Saturday looking to end the unbeaten run that CIYMS were currently on but it wasn’t to be with the visitors being made to work hard for their 37-17 bonus point win.

An early attack from the visitors led to them registering the first points of the game for an offside call at the ruck with a penalty to take a 3-0 lead.  After sustained pressure on the UUC defence CIYMS further stretched their lead with a well aimed drop kick into the prevailing wind to make it 6-0.  Once the students had settled into the game they started playing some tantalising rugby spreading the ball wide at every opportunity and pinning CIYMS into the corners with the help of the wind at their backs.


It was a well executed backline move off a lineout which led to CIYMS scoring the first try of the game in the corner but couldn’t be converted to leave the score at 11-0.  The students reacted positively and went in search of their own points and were awarded a penalty for indiscipline at the ruck and Lee Murphy coolly stepped up and sunk the penalty to reduce the score to 11-3.


With momentum swinging in favour of the students they looked to disrupt every CIYMS attack and after a great steal from Michael Dunleavy he fed Murphy who in turn released Sam Hall who ran half the pitch out sprinting the CI defence to score.  Murphy made no mistake with the conversion and was successful leaving the half time score 11-10 to the visitors.


The second half was set to be a scorcher with the score being as close as it was but it was CIYMS who again started the quicker of the two teams and were awarded a scrum 5 metres from the student line and after several resets were awarded a penalty try for disruption and the conversion was successful to make it 18-11.


The students responded well and worked their way into the CI half and but couldn’t find a way through the tight defence and were eventually turned over and CIYMS countered with a very dubious try being given right in the corner with UUC claiming the player had crossed the touchline before grounding the ball but the try stood and CI stretched their lead to 23-10.


With UUC looking to get something out of the game they got a penalty for indiscipline and kicked for the corner.  Great lineout play by the student pack led to John Lutton crashing over in the corner for UUC’s second try of the game.  Gareth Millar stepped up and slotted the touchline conversion over to make the score 23-17 to the visitors.


After the injury of John Dillon left UUC down to 14 men they worked even harder and great tackling by Hall and Hill on their respective wings prevented CI attacking out wide.  Great first up hits in the centre by Winder and Orr for the students left CIYMS no way to break the defensive line.  CI kept building phases and hitting their big forwards up the middle and eventually broke the UUC defence on the wings running two more tries in and converting both to leave the final score 37-17 and heading back to Belfast with a bonus point.


UUC travel to Ballyclare this Saturday looking to break their 2011 duck and win a game and start putting distance between themselves and the foot of the table.

UUC frustrated by Hinch 2s

The University of Ulster, Coleraine travelled to Ballynahinch RFC on Saturday to take on their 2nd XV in their first Conference League match.  This was a game which UUC were hoping to use as a way of trying new things as well as put down a statement of intent but the score line didn’t reflect the performance of the visiting side and they made the home side work for their 43-0 victory.

It was the home side who got the game under way and immediately put the students under pressure but their defence held out and once the game got going the students started to get themselves into the game.  Ballynahinch had built up a head of steam and were first to cross the line with the try being converted to make it 7-0.  UUC looked to do the same in the ‘Hinch half but couldn’t find a way through or around the tight defence and were immediately on the back foot after a turn over at the ruck.  The home side capitalised on this turn over and worked their way into the UUC half before going over to score again to make it 12-0.

The students were starting to show glimpses of classy rugby but were pinned back by the home defence time and time again.  Great work by the student pack from a lineout resulted in Martin O’Neill making a break for the line but was held up just short.  The home side regained possession and scored another try to make the half time score 19-0.

In the second half the game swung in the favour of the students.  With the home side’s prop being binned for an illegal dump tackle the students started to turn the screw and starved ‘Hinch of the ball which frustrated them, giving away needless penalties.  Lee Murphy kicked for the corner and the student pack done what they are best at, catch and drive but after a great catch from Michael Dunleavy, John Lutton was held up on the line.  David Orr went close from the resulting scrum but spilled the ball as he went to break the defensive line.

Ballynahinch were just back to full strength when they lost their full back to the bin for a silly error at the break down but still put phases of play together and scored twice more and added both conversions.  The students continued to frustrate the home side with long periods of possession but just couldn’t capitalise on their man advantage with Calum Rowden and John Dillon both trying to break free to add points to the board.

With the game coming to a close the home side added a further 3 tries and conversions to their total but still the students wanted something from the game but ‘Hinch just wouldn’t let them through.  With the last play of the game Ballynahinch cut through the UUC defence and scored under the posts with a successful conversion to round of the match.  The home side were victorious 43-0 but the score line certainly doesn’t reflect the rugby that was played by UUC.  UUC return to colleges action this Wednesday against Athlone IT in Coleraine before making the trip down to Carrickfergus to take on Carrick RFC in the Kukri 2 league.

Clash the of Campuses

The University of Ulster, Coleraine welcomed their fellow Students from Jordanstown to Cromore road on Wednesday in the annual colleges league rugby match.  It was the Coleraine side that took the bragging rights for this year with a deserved 19-17 win.

It was UUC who hit the ground running and were on the score sheets minutes into the opening half when a well worked maul from the UUC forwards pushed UUJ back onto their line and allowed Andrew Winder to force his way through the Jordanstown defence to score under the posts.  Lee Murphy converted to make the score 7-0.

Jordanstown looked dangerous and slowly made their way into the UUC half and were awarded for the efforts with a penalty, to reduce the score to 7-3.  UUC, not content with the score being so tight, went on the offensive once again and it Was Lee Murphy who found a gap on the narrow side to run his teams second try of the match.  Calum Rowden missed the difficult conversion to leave the score 12-3.

UUC were building momentum, and in a stroke of genius, UUC full back Scott Martin chipped through the Jordanstown defence to allow Calum Rowden to out pace his opposite number to touch down in the corner.  Martin then stepped up to slot the difficult conversion through and take the score to 19-3.

After the half time break UUJ started to play with a bit more fluidity and cracks in the UUC defence started to appear.  Jordanstown seen this as their chance to add to their score and did when they broke through the UUC defence and scored under the posts.  The conversion was scored and the score reduced to 19-10.

Jordanstown, looking to avoid defeat to their rivals continued to bombard the UUC defence and slowly made their way into the UUC half but the home side defended well and with only minutes left on the clock the visitors struck again when they caught the home side on the back foot to score again under the posts.  The conversion was successful reducing the score to 19-17.

The final minutes of the game were tense with Jordanstown being awarded a penalty on the UUC 10 metre line but the attempt was missed and UUC managed to hold on to record their first win over their Belfast rivals in three years with a 19-17 victory.

UUC Hope to build on this success in the Colleges Cup next Wednesday, when they welcome Athlone Institute of Technology to Cromore Road.

Students frustrated by Lisburn

The University of Ulster, Coleraine travelled to Lisburn looking for their first win of 2011 but will have to wait another week as they left with a losing bonus point from a very wet and muddy affair.

It was the students who hit the ground running first in the opening exchanges putting Lisburn on the back foot but couldn’t break down the tight Lisburn defence.  After a number of attacks from both sides with UUC looking to spread the ball wide and Lisburn looking to their big forwards to crash up in the midfield this was shaping up to be a physical encounter.

With conditions gradually getting worse as the half wore on it was Lisburn’s physicality in the attack that broke the deadlock.  A series of pick and go’s and hard running from all angles of the park allowed Lisburn to breach the UUC line and after spreading the ball wide and stretching the student’s defence eventually scored in the corner.  The difficult touchline conversion was missed making the score 5-0 to the home side.

The students knew they had to respond if they were to get back into the game and after running Lisburn ragged from side of the pitch to another were awarded a penalty for an infringement at the ruck.  UUC opted for the lineout instead of the three points and this decision paid off.  With a well drilled catch and drive, the student pack drove Lisburn over their line with John Lutton claiming the try.  Gareth Miller missed the difficult touchline conversion.

The second half began just as the first half did with sublime running from UUC winger Calum Rowden and big hits coming in from Martin O’Neill and Andrew Winder.  The students were know starting to take control of the game but with the weather not getting any better mistakes started to creep in but even when Lisburn were in control of the ball UUC didn’t let them through.  Midway through the second half Lisburn was awarded a penalty for offside at the ruck but to the student’s relief, the kick was missed keeping the score at 5-5.

It was now Lisburn’s turn to repel wave after wave of student attack and a great break by Peter Smith lead to UUC putting some slick handling together and Calum Rowden was denied a try in the corner by a great cover tackle.  Lisburn then turned the tables on UUC and worked their way into the student half and were awarded a penalty for offside which was successfully converted to make it 8-5.  UUC weren’t for settling for a losing bonus point and threw everything at Lisburn but couldn’t find the weak link in the Lisburn armour.  Superb handling by Richard Murphy and David Orr put Rowden in the corner but was denied again, this time by the referee.

The students the camped in the Lisburn half looking for some kind of score but it didn’t come and with a turnover of possession Lisburn cleared their lines and that was it for the students.  At the final whistle it was the home side taking maximum points, winning 8-5 in a hard fought match.  UUC travel to Ballynahinch seconds in the Conference League looking to once again take the positives from this game.

UUC Gun Down Stags

UUC Gun down Stags

The University of Ulster Coleraine returned to winning ways on Saturday (27-11-10) at Cromore Road with a bonus point win over Grosvenor RFC. It was the home side who came out victorious with Grosvenor struggling to break the UUC defence.

UUC made the first break when ill-discipline by Grosvenor gave away a penalty in front of their posts and Lee Murphy stepped up to give UUC an early 3:0 lead. Grosvenor worked their way into the UUC half and were awarded a penalty but it was missed. From the resultant 22 drop out Michael Dunleavy rose above the Grosvenor players and slapped back to Sam Hall who beat down several defenders to run UUC’s first try of the game in from his own 22. The difficult conversion was missed.

UUC continued to press the Grosvenor line and a penalty allowed them to kick for the corner and after a quick lineout John Lutton crashed over from the back of the maul for the second try of the game. Again the conversion was missed to leave the score at 13:0 in favour of the home side.

Both teams continued to trade attacks but neither could break the others defence. More ill-discipline at the ruck by Grosvenor gave the students another penalty. Lee Murphy calmly slotted the penalty over the posts to make the half time score 16:0.

UUC forced Grosvenor back onto their own line at the start of the second half and a poor clearance kick was caught by Sam Hall and after beating the opposition winger scored in the corner to make it 21:0.

Grosvenor continued to push for the UUC line but were continually put back by the students. Spreading the ball wide on the UUC 22 line Grosvenor got the ball out and their forward powered through three tackles to score in the corner. The conversion was missed, leaving the score at 21:5.

UUC took time to settle into their rhythm and after forcing Grosvenor back to their own line took a lineout 5 metres out. A great passage of play from the UUC forwards allowed David McCullough to score and win the home side the bonus point. Lee Murphy added the conversion to take the score to 28:5.

Both sides looked to add to their totals but both defences held up and at the final whistle the students had won 28:5.

UUC entertain Omagh RFC this weekend at Cromore Road looking to continue this winning form.

Press Releas By

John Lutton

UUC introduce new fitness scheme

The University of Ulster Coleraine Rugby Team (UUC RFC) are introducing a new initiative this season to build on their success of last season. The Performance Development Squad (PDS) will allow new and existing players to improve their abilities and skills whilst receiving top quality coaching.

The Performance Development Squad will be introduced to the Rugby Club this September and will be open to both new players joining the club and existing players. The PDS offers rugby players the opportunity to reach the next level. The squad runs throughout the season providing supervised conditioning and skills sessions, along with full nutritional diet plans.

The PDS is a two-tiered academy like system. If a player involved in the PDS system considers himself to be of an elite standard, he has the option to apply for an elite performance development squad place.

UUC RFC are looking for players who are interested in joining the club and playing an excellent standard of rugby. For further information on the Rugby Club or the PDS contact

For further information contact:

John Lutton UUC RFC Honorary Secretary and Media Officer


Transfer News!

Attention all existing students and potential players attending The University of Ulster and all Non Student Rugby Players!

The transfer window is still open until January 31st 2011!

Do you feel like a new challenge?
Want to meet new friends?
Enjoy quality rugby?
Then the University of Ulster Rugby Club could be the place for you, we are always welcoming new players to our squads. Not only do the squads welcome student players but they are also home to non-student players from around the local Coleraine and Triangle area’s, so even if your not a student at the university you are off course welcome to join our teams!

Do not hesitate to get in contact with us to arrange a meeting and a welcome to the club!