Sport is a big part of RSD life. We offer a wide range of sports to all pupils and encourage everyone to participate and to enjoy sport. There is a sense of ‘sport for all’ and a belief that sport provides all of us with a chance to stay fit and healthy. Just as in the classroom, sport provides pupils with a chance to seek the best from themselves and an opportunity to learn something about themselves.

The School’s major sports are rugby for boys and hockey for girls and a number of teams are fielded for Saturday games at various age groups each week. Many of the teams compete in leagues and cup competitions and RSD players are regularly selected for regional squads in both rugby and hockey. Training and dedication are emphasised in RSD sports teams and there is a huge commitment from teaching staff/coaches and pupils alike. Raw talent is nurtured but hard work and commitment are always the platform for success.

Girls now also have a chance to train and play competitive rugby at RSD, both in the tag and contact versions of the game.

Senior rugby and hockey squads organise annual tours, not only in Ireland and the UK but also abroad. In recent years they have travelled to Spain, Italy and Portugal and there have been combined tours to New Zealand/Australia and to South Africa.


  • U-12 A and B for Year 8 boys
  • U-13 A and B for Year 9 boys
  • U-14 A and B for Year 10 boys
  • Medallion for Year 11 boys
  • 1st & 2nd XV for Year 12-14 boys


  • U-12 A and B for Year 8 girls
  • U-13 A and B for Year 9 girls
  • U-14 A and B for Year 10 girls
  • U-15 for Year 11 girls
  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd XI for Year 12-14 girls

In addition to rugby and hockey, we offer cricket (boys and girls), athletics, volleyball, swimming, badminton, netball, golf, tennis, football, cross country, table tennis, orienteering, showjumping and shooting. Many of our teams are entered for competitions and, just as in rugby and hockey, the most skilled and dedicated performers are often selected for representative honours at regional, Ulster and even Ireland level.









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Highlight: Under 13 Hockey Tour 2022

On the weekend of 20th – 22nd May the Under 13A Hockey squad took part in an end of season mini tour to the north coast.

Sports Day 2022

On Wednesday, we held our annual Sports Day, with students from Years 8-11 competing in a range of track and field events. We were very fortunate with the weather, meaning that our athletes and spectators were able to enjoy the activities and support their House.

Table Tennis Success!

Congratulations to Tom Irwin (Year 11) who was crowned Ulster Schools U16 Champion at the recent Ulster Schools’ Individual Championships at Lisburn Racquets Club.

A promising performance from the Girls’ Junior Tennis team!

Well done to the girls’ Junior Tennis team (Erin May McCready, Gabrielle Mischook, Grace Smyth and Soraia Monteiro) who competed in the cup competition last week. The girls played well, beating Wallace High School and Banbridge Academy, drawing with Killicomaine JHS and losing out to a strong Friends School Lisburn.

Showjumping Success at Balmoral Show

On Saturday 14th May, our Showjumping team was representing the school at Balmoral Show. The team consisted of Bethany Smith, Erin Mathieson, Emma Jane Orr and Lucy Orr (unfortunately Emma Jane had to withdraw from the competition before Saturday’s event).

Celebrating Success | Zak Hall

On Sunday, Zak Hall (Year 10) competed in the Northern Ireland and Ulster Indoor Championships. Not only did Zak run a huge Personal Best in the 800 metre race with a time of 2 minutes 26 seconds, but he also won a silver medal as part of his under 15 4 x 200 metre relay race team.

Sports Day 2021

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RSD Spring Honours 2020

We welcome you to watch Dr Burnett and Mr Clingan present our Spring Honours 2020 awards on our Royal Dungannon YouTube channel, following the link .

1st XV win Danske Bank Schools’ Trophy final

Congratulations to our 1st XV boys on winning the Danske Bank Schools’ Trophy final, 39-14 against Larne Grammar on Wednesday 4th March. The match report follows, with thanks to Mr McClintock.

Gold and bronze for Matthew at the Ulster Schools’ Swimming Gala

Matthew Moan (Year 10) represented RSD in the Ulster Schools’ Swimming Junior Cup Gala in Larne on Sunday.

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