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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Hockey Super League – Tier B Final – RSD v Regent House at Lisnagarvey Hockey Club

The first XI hockey team started the season by winning their Super League group with wins over Carrickfergus GS (5-0) , Dromore HS (4-1) and Royal & Prior Raphoe (4-0). They then beat Cookstown HS (6-0) in the quarter final before defeating Lurgan College (4-2) in the semi final. On Wednesday 22nd November, they played Regent House in the final at Lisnagarvey Hockey Club in front of a sizeable group of travelling supporters. Thank you to all who travelled…

Celebrating Success | Irish Youth and Seniors Nationals 2023

Congratulations to the RSD swimmers who qualified to compete in the Irish Youth and Seniors Nationals 2023 at Dublin National Aquatic Centre.  To qualify for this event is an achievement in itself and the swimmers are congratulated on this. The swimmers below went...

Medallion Rugby Report | 2022/2023

A talented Medallion Squad had a very good season winning the David Shrestha Shield in their annual fixture against Friends School and reaching the final of the Medallion Plate where they lost to Methodist College. The team was coaches by Jonathan Patton supported by...

1st XV Rugby Report 2022/23

The 1st XV had a very enjoyable and successful season reaching the Quarter Final of the Ulster Schools’ Cup. It has been a long time since a 1st XV have managed this with RSD previously exiting the competition in Round 4 against RBAI and twice against Wallace HS. We...

U14 Hockey Report | 2022/23

The Under 14 A squad completed another outstanding season, despite enduring significant disadvantages in comparison to their competitors. Having finished Year 9 on a high, the girls and their coaches had hopes of putting up a good show in this season’s Junior Cup...

Sports Day 2023

On Wednesday 14th June, we held our annual Sports Day, with students from Years 8-11 competing in a range of track and field events....

Celebrating Success | Tyrone Supercup Squad

Well done to Ayden Tong and Nathan Junk who have been selected for the County Tyrone Supercup Squad which takes place this summer.

U14 Rugby Report

As the season comes to a close, we reflect on an excellent year for our U14 rugby squad

Celebrating Success | Swimming Stars!

Congratulations to our 6 junior RSD swimmers Megan Chambers, Madison Hall, Hannah Bursby, Ryan Williamson, Malcolm Graham and Hayden Yim who competed at the USSA Key Stage 3 Swimming Championships.

Celebrating Success | Rebecca Graham – Swimming

Huge congratulations to Rebecca Graham who qualified at the Ulster Schools Championships to represent Ulster as part of their Interpro team.

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