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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Celebrating Success | Hannah Kelly

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RSD Schools’ Football Report

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Ulster Minors Championship | Celebrating Success

Congratulations to the 3 Year 8 RSD swimmers Hannah Bursby, Chloe Ewart and Madison Hall who swam in the Ulster Minors Championship. All swimmers swam with gusto and pbs were achieved all round. Madison was a reserve finalist for the 50m backcrawl and Chloe made it to...

Ulster Rugby | Celebrating Success

It's been great to have so many RSD pupils, both past and present, involved in Ulster Rugby programmes over the summer months and for them to represent their respective age grade provincial sides....

Celebrating Success | Irish National Championships

Congratulations to the three RSD pupils who firstly qualified and then competed in Irish Level Swimming over the summer, July 2022.

Report : Under 14 Hockey Report

The U14 Hockey team have had an extremely busy and successful season. During the season RSD have played against various schools such as Down High, Royal School Armagh and Omagh Academy.

Celebrating Success : Achievements in Swimming

Wow! Congratulations to the following RSD pupils who have achieved Division 2 and Division 1 times in a variety of strokes in Swimming. No mean feat! This means that these swimmers have now qualified to compete in the Irish Nationals Championships in the Division 1 and Division 2 competitions as appropriate in July.

Report: Under 13 A&B XI Hockey Reports

This has been an excellent season for the Under 13A squad. Having missed out on the experience of Year 8 hockey, the girls were raring to go in September and their enthusiasm for training a fixtures continued right through until May

Report: 1XI Hockey Team

This year the 1XI made an enthusiastic and long awaited return to competitive hockey matches following the disruption of Covid-19. A strong start to the season was made as the 1XI won their opening fixture against Down High School 1-0 with a goal from Jessica McClung...

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