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Hogan hopes for 'most successful season yet'

Published: 25th September 2018

The chance to spend months on end in the sunny climate of the south of France would be enough to turn the head of anyone. Cities like Toulouse, Biarritz and Castres are well known for their scenic views, warm climate and their rugby.

For final year student Colm Hogan, this year’s captain of the DUFC seniors, going to study in France was also a chance to experience that style of rugby. Throughout his exchange period, he played with US Colomiers in France’s PRO D2, but there was always another club on his mind.

“I definitely did miss being with DUFC while I was away. I came back as much as possible to catch up with the lads. I actually managed to get back and watch eight or nine Trinity games, one of which was Colours which was an incredible night,” says the new captain.

“For me, the most important thing is to add to what has gone before. I want this year to be DUFC’s most successful season yet.”

Colm’s focus for this year isn’t just on what he can do on the pitch for the first team, he is also looking at how he can help the wider club progress both on and off the pitch.

“Our men’s team is looking to build on last season’s performances and be in the mix for the play-offs when it comes to the final couple of regular season fixtures. Our U20s had a great season so we’ll be looking to win the Leinster League and to bring the All-Ireland title back to Trinity again.”

As well as being club captain, Colm is assisting with the coaching of the DUFC women’s team for the coming season, and has high hopes for their campaign too.

“We’ve already secured a bonus point away against Arklow, who we lost against last year, so the signs are promising.”

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Photo: Colm Hogan (right) with fellow DUFC man Jack Kelly in a photograph from 2017