The42 uses cookies. By continuing to browse this site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Click here to find out more »
Dublin: 1 °C Friday 27 February, 2015

15 signs you’re a hardcore schools rugby fan

With the Leinster Senior Cup final between Blackrock and Clongowes taking place today, we pay tribute to the hardcore fans of schools rugby.

1. You respect international stars who show up to support their old school/to see what the fuss is about

Leo A'Auva, Isaac Boss, Brendan Macken and Quinn Roux enjoy the game

Source: Colm O'Neill/INPHO

(Leinster players (L-R) Leo A’Auva, Isaac Boss, Brendan Macken and Quinn Roux enjoy this year’s Blackrock-Newbridge game)

2. You’ve experienced the highs of winning

Patrick Staff and Tommy Walsh celebrate at the final whistle

Source: James Crombie/INPHO

3. And the lows of defeat

Peter Meyler dejected after the game

4. You’ve spotted many a future international star over the years

Cian Healy of Belvedere is tackled

Source: ©INPHO

(Cian Healy of Belvedere is tackled by Blackrock’s Ian Madigan)

Leo Cullen 1995

Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

(Leo Cullen pictured in his schools rugby days)

5. You’ve watched all the YouTube videos

Source: Ronan Breslin/YouTube

6. You always make sure to get dressed up for the occasion

Gordon Quigley and Paul Bermingham

Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Fr Chiedza is surrounded by fans before the game

Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

7. You’re a big fan of this documentary


Source: onlyingod2008/YouTube

8. You still look back at past encounters

Source: Setanta Sports/YouTube

9. You sometimes let emotions get the better of you on the big occasion


A Gonzaga fan is escorted off the pitch

Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

10. The fact that you left the school years ago doesn’t stop you from continuing to turn up for every match

Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

11. Being part of the manic try celebrations was fun and painful in equal measure

Belvedere fans celebrate

Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

12. You know at least one player who was more talented than Brian O’Driscoll and would have been amazing had it not been for injuries


Credit: Alan Clarke/Ross O’Carroll-Kelly

13. You’ve cheered your mascot on in a mock fight against the other team’s mascot

Gonzaga and Kilkenny College mascots

Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

14. You know all the words to your school anthem

Daragh Henry

Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

15. You’ve dreamt several times about lifting the cup yourself and making your mum proud

Robert Hynes celebrates with his mother Anne Hynes after the presentation

Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

An oral history: Ireland’s famous win over world champions England, a decade ago>

This brilliantly captioned photo of Rob Kearney has gone viral around the world>

  • Share on Facebook
  • Email this article

Read next:

Comments (8 Comments)

Add New Comment