Conversion wins it for Corrib RFC

NUIG’s Youth Academy U14s narrowly defeated Corrib RFC U14s from Headford in a keenly fought league game played in Dangan on Sunday 7th. Both teams scored 4 tries apiece with the conversion of Jordan Powell being the difference at the full time whistle. Next up is Claremorris on Sunday 14th and the Academy plan to build on the momentum generated from this positive start to their league campaign.

Youth Academy Update

Pictured is NUIG Rugby Youth Academy who were defeated by Claremorris last weekend. The home team showed remarkable fight in the second half to bring the score to 17-24 after conceeding early on, but victory was just out of reach.

Academy celebrates away win

NUIG Rugby Youth Academy earned a fantastic away win recently in Castlebar, beating the hosts 5-17. Congratulations are extended to all involved!


Academy’s season in full swing

NUIG Rugby Youth Academy have been busy over recent weeks. The Galway youth team have been competing in their first season coming up against other emerging talent across Connacht. Our match photo gallery has been extended to include recent games in this inaugural campaign. Enjoy!

Match Cancelled

Due to unforeseen circumstances NUIG Youth Academy’s scheduled match against Ballina ‘B’ has been cancelled.

The match, which was due to take place this weekend, will now be replaced with a regular training session.

Youth Academy Fixtures Confirmed

NUIG Rugby Youth Academy’s season fixtures have been announced.

The U-13 squad will open its league campaign with a home draw against Ballina B in two weeks time, and will close its round matches with an away fixture against Ballaghdreen.

Best wishes are extended to all squad members as they embark on the Academy’s first competitive season!

U-13 B League Fixtures

22nd/23rd October………………..NUIG Youth Academy v Ballina ‘B’

5th /6th November………………..NUIG Youth Academy v Monivea

12th /13th November……………..Castlebar ‘B’ v NUIG Youth Academy

19th /20th November……………..NUIG Youth Academy v South Sligo

26th /27th November……………..Corrib v NUIG Youth Academy

3rd /4th December………………….Oughterard v NUIG Youth Academy

10th /11th December……………….NUIG Youth Academy v Tuam

17th /18th December………………NUIG Youth Academy v Claremorris

7th / 8th January ………………….Ballaghadreen v NUIG Youth Academy

Training continues…

NUIG Rugby Youth Academy members have been attending training in force and, as the following photographs show, have been nothing but attentive and focused to the job at hand!


REMINDER: Youth Academy Training Times

NUIG Rugby Youth Academy wished to inform players and parents that training will start on Saturday, 17th September at 12pm to accommodate those who will be watching Ireland’s World Cup fixture against Australia that morning.

Thereafter, training will take place from 10.30 to 12.00 every Saturday.

NUIG Rugby launches Youth Academy

The launch of the NUI Galway Rugby Youth Academy took place on campus recently. The Academy will become an integral part of UCG RFC, aiming primarily to strengthen the club’s AIL U-20 squad in the future.

According to Dr James J. Browne, President of NUI Galway: “The youth academy is a good fit for the University’s outreach and community support initiatives. It is envisaged that this new academy will add greatly to the development of youth rugby in the city and its environs. It will also be of great benefit for the University Rugby Club into the future.”

In its first season, the academy will cater for U13 boys only, but will expand over the next five years up to under 18’s. Coaching, mentoring, and administrative resourcing will come from within the existing University Rugby Club and will be augmented by support from the mini rugby club – Na Bairneachaí (U8s to U12s) established in Barna/Knocknacarra area in 2007.

Neil Keaveney, President of Na Bairneachaí,said: “We are very excited by this new venture within NUI Galway. It builds on the hard work and community involvement in the development of Rugby in the west side of Galway city. Simply put, it is a great opportunity for more kids to play more games in what we hope will be an enjoyable yet competitive setting.”

The NUI Galway Youth Academy enjoys the full support of the Connacht Branch of the IRFU who are delighted to see the expansion and high profile the game is attracting, especially in the first year of Connacht’s participation in the European Rugby Cup.

Gerry Kelly, CEO of Connacht Rugby, commented: “Connacht Rugby has enjoyed huge success in the last year and we are particularly excited about this year’s inclusion in the Heineken Cup. We see this development as a reflection of this success while also confirming the important role the University plays in Connacht Rugby.” 

Training for U13 Boys, born in 1999, commences 17 September at 10.30am in Dangan.