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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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U14 Rugby Champions

The U14 rugby team were recently crowned champions of the ERGS Shield which is a regional competition throughout the season involving: Royal School Dungannon, Royal School Armagh, Enniskillen Royal Grammar School, Omagh Academy, Killicomaine and Banbridge Academy

Rugby Wrap Up | November & December 2023

1st XV The squad started off November travelling to Enniskillen Royal where they took an early lead, however ERGs fought back to finish in a 19-19 draw. Next was a must win schools cup match against Bangor grammar which was held at home grounds. Josh Ferguson secured...

Celebrating Success | Swim Ulster Minors Championship

Thanks and congratulations to our 4 Year 8 pupils who represented the school in swimming so admirably at The Swim Ulster Minors Championships. Mia Ruddy, Harry Davidson and Olivia Watt all outperformed their entry times and set new pbs individually. Particular congratulations to Alex Pokorna who also set new pbs and qualified to represent RSD at the Irish Minor Schools Championships in Dublin in March and narrowly missed the 50m back crawl final. Well done everyone!

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).

Hockey Wrap Up – September/October

1XI The 1XI have had a successful season so far, they began their season with a 2:2 draw in a friendly against Strathearn before the commencement of the Superleague. In the group stages of this tournament they finished top of their group, recording wins against...

Rugby Wrap Up | September & October 2023

1st XV The first 15 started the season strongly as many new 5th years were integrated into the squad, winning 38-17 with new players like Nathan Hamilton and James Gibson scoring. James Gibson also stepped up as kicker, converting 4. The squad worked towards their...

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...

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