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The Colours ‘Festival of Rugby’ returns to College Park Following a Three-Year Wait

Trinity Men’s Rugby team looking to retain the Colours title while the Trinity Women’s Rugby team are looking for their first title.

Published: March 24th, 2022

The 2022 Colours ‘Festival of Rugby’ returns to College Park following a three year wait. The colours match is an annual Rugby Union fixture between local rivals Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin, the fixture was inaugurated in 1952 and this year marks the 68th edition of the rugby colours match. The women’s fixture is due to take place on Wednesday, 30th March from 7:30pm while the men’s fixture will take place on Friday, 1st April from 7:30pm (see below for full schedule). Trinity Men’s rugby team are looking to retain the Colours title while Trinity women’s rugby team are looking for their first title.

Colours ‘Festival of Rugby’ 2022 schedule:

Junior Colours match

Tuesday 29th March at 7:30pm at UCD Bowl

Tag Rugby Blitz

Wednesday, 30th March at 3pm at College Park

Women’s Rugby Colours Trinity College Dublin Vs University College Dublin

Wednesday, 30th March at 7:30pm at College Park

Men’s Rugby Colours Trinity College Dublin Vs University College Dublin

Friday, 1st April at 7:30pm at College Park

Michelle Tanner, Head of Sport and Recreation, Trinity College Dublin commented, “After a three year wait, Trinity College Dublin are extremely honoured to host this year’s “Colours Festival of Rugby” which promises to be an exciting week of activities and celebrations. Our teams will be out to perform their best on our home pitch. We will also see, a recreational tag rugby event targeted at increasing participation in the sport which is an important element of the development of rugby at Trinity.”

Johnny Sexton President of DUFC (Dublin University Football Club) commented at the launch, “This is the 68th edition of the colours rugby match, it has been going for a long time and there is a tremendous rivalry between the two major universities in Dublin. We hope that everyone in attendance enjoys the friendly rivalry and camaraderie we share with UCD.”

David Carrigy, UCD Rugby Club President added, “The colours rugby match is the undoubtedly the highlight of the players season, it’s one of the unique things about being a university student and playing rugby in a university. We are looking forward to attending the historic setting of college park for both the women’s and men’s fixtures next week.”

Michael O’ Kennedy, Trinity Men’s Rugby Captain said, “The quality this year is as high as I can remember it, any team can beat any team on the day and that has been shown in the results all year. I’m sure the game against UCD will be the same, hopefully a few of the Leinster lads are back for both teams in the matches, the standard of the game will be high so I’m really looking forward to it.”

Ciara Black, Trinity Women’s Rugby Captain commented, “Playing rugby is the most amazing thing about college, the girls here are just incredible, they really help bring you up when you’re not feeling great and when college work is hard.” As for the return of the colours match after three years Ciara commented, “I have played against UCD in a colours rugby match before, I’m honoured to share that tradition with my teammates once again.”

We encourage students, staff, and alumni to come out and support both Trinity Teams in what will no doubt be hotly contested matches at College Park.