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15 signs you're a hardcore schools rugby fan

With this years competitions already in full swing, we pay tribute to the supporters who follow their young counterparts avidly.
Jan 25th 2016, 5:55 AM 21,618 18

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 last 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

A version of this piece was originally published on 14 March, 2014 

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