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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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.

Show Jumping Team celebrate win at Balmoral Show

Congratulations to the RSD Show Jumping Team for being placed 3rd in the Schools’ Show Jumping Championship, held at Balmoral Show on Saturday. The team consisted of Erin Mathieson (Year 8), Emma-Jane Orr and Bethany Robinson-Smith (both Year 11) and Tori Showkum (Year 14).

U13 Girls win All Ireland Table Tennis Championship

We are delighted to announce that our team of seven U13 girls won the All Ireland Table Tennis championship on Thursday in Dublin. The Year 8 team consisted of Lois Carson, Miriam Carson, Kristen Fenton, Hannah Herron, Erin Matheson, Emily Stinson and Sophia Watt.

Daniel and Tom win Ulster Schools’ Table Tennis Championships

Congratulations go to our RSD table tennis players, who excelled at the Ulster Schools’ Individual Championship in Lisburn just before Easter. Brothers Daniel Irwin (Year 12) and Tom Irwin (Year 8) won the titles of U16 Ulster Schools’ Champion and U12 Ulster Schools’ Champion.

First place for RSD’s Show Jumping team

Congratulations to the RSD Show Jumping team; Erin Mathieson, Emma-Jane Orr and Bethany Robinson-Smith took first place in a recent competition at Lusk Equestrian Centre, as well as a coveted qualifying position for the Schools’ Show Jumping Championship at the Balmoral Show in May.

Senior Girls Tag Rugby team pipped at the post

Well done to our Senior Girls Tag Rugby team who finished as runners up in the Danske Bank Schools Cup competition.  The girls finished at the top of their group after beating Victoria College 4 tries to 0. Tries came from Sarah Shrestha (Year 12), Lucy Turkington...

U15 SELB Hockey Team Selection

Congratulations to Lucy Redmond, Molly Watt and Abbie Hampton who have all been selected for the U15 Area Board Hockey team.

Minor Schools Swimming

Emma competes in Irish Minor Schools Swimming Championship

Emma Chambers (Year 8) competed in the Irish Minor Schools Swimming Championship in Dublin National Aquatic Centre on Sunday 10th February, representing RSD.

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