NUIG RFC were presented with the J1B Trophy after their final league match against Sligo last weekend. The back-to-back promotion of the team will see the club take their place in the premier league of junior rugby in the province next season and the return to top flight rugby has been hailed as a huge step by head coach Brian McClearn who said:
“We absolutely delighted with the way the season has gone. Winning the league and gaining promotion to J1A was always our aim and to achieve our goal in one season is a testament to the hard work and dedication of this exceptional squad of players. Next season will be a tough one but we’re in a good place at the moment and the lads are relishing the thought of playing at the that level”
The season didn’t exactly start according to plan however losing to Tuam and Creggs in the early rounds which left the league wide open and up for grabs and despite winning the remaining 10 fixtures only a bonus point victory on the last day of the league put the College side a point ahead of Creggs to claim the title.
The University team had an impressive cup run as well, getting to the quarter final of the Heineken Junior Cup and went on the claim the Curley Cup in a hard fought final against Tuam on Good Friday.


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