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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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.

Lucy Turkington selected for Dubai International Invitational Tournament

Our congratulations go to Lucy Turkington (Year 14)  who was selected for the Ireland Women’s Rugby Sevens Development team, which took part in the Dubai International Invitational...

RSD in Quarter Final of NISFA U18 Danske Bank Schools’ Cup

RSD 3 – 2 Aquinas Diocesan Grammar School. RSD progress to the Quarter Final of the Northern Ireland Schools’ Football Association (NISFA) U18 Danske Bank Schools’ Cup.

Behaviour at School Rugby Matches

We have been asked to circulate the codes of conduct for players, parents and spectators at rugby matches by the Ulster Schools’ Rugby Committee. Although the code was produced by the IRFU, the values and expectations it details apply equally to all sports. We will endeavour to ensure that they are upheld at all times in order to make participation in sport enjoyable for everyone involved.

Peter Nelson and Angus Ta’avao reunited at the Rugby World Cup

The 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between New Zealand and Canada in Otia, Japan on Wednesday 2nd October 2019 saw a player from each side with strong RSD connections face each other. Peter Nelson was playing at outhalf for Canada and Angus Ta’avao was playing at prop for New Zealand.

RSD Showjumping Team

  Erin Mathieson (Year 9), Emma Jane Orr and Bethany Robinson-Smith (both Year 12) competed yesterday at Ecclesville Equestrian Centre in an event organised by Omagh High School. The team came 5th in the 90cm...

Ambassadors Football Girls’ School Cup

Well done to our Girls’ Football teams who competed in the Ambassadors Football Girls’ School Cup. A special mention goes to Lily Gallagher (Year 9) who was awarded ‘Player of the Tournament’ for her age category and to Jessica McClung (Year 11) who was also awarded ‘Player of the Tournament’ for her age group. This was a superb achievement for the girls.

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