Foyle Rugby

Director of Rugby:Paul O’Kane                     Teacher in charge of Rugby: David Barnett

Foyle College Rugby’s vision is to create an environment where success and enjoyment is inevitable. We support the core values of Rugby Union (Teamwork – Respect – Enjoyment – Discipline – Sportsmanship) at Foyle College and as a rugby club we also have our own core values: we respect ourselves and others, we pack our own parachute (i.e. we take responsibility), we have a white line mentality (i.e. we are fully committed in training and playing), we strive for achievement of personal and collective goals through hard work (determination) and we enjoy the experience.

We aim to develop leaders and decision-makers, and to promote game understanding, skill acquisition and enjoyment through active, purposeful and games-based practice. We strive to develop the individual player by focussing on the process not the outcome in a positive, interactive and challenging environment. Our coaching philosophy is player-centred, values-based, development-driven and competition-supported.

Rugby is played in the Term 1 and Term 2 with up to 7 teams playing on matchdays (Saturdays) and 2 mid-week teams.Outside of school our players play representative rugby for Ulster Rugby. We enjoy close links with City of Derry RFC.




Director of Rugby, Paul O’Kane and Teacher in Charge of Rugby David Barnett heads a team of  15 coaches. All of whom have an IRFU coaching qualification.


Foyle College have some of the best facilities within Ulster having moved to a new school in 2018, which include a floodlit astro, 4 rugby pitches, one of which is floodlit, a floodlit training area, a large modern sports hall and a modern strength and condition suite.




In addition to the weekly and traditional block fixtures against other schools, the 1st XV, Development Squad and Medallion teams participate in competitions such as the Ulster Schools Cup, Medallion Shield and the Ulster Schools 7s.

Within the School there are some keenly contested inter-house competitions at junior level.



Foyle College have a strong tradition of touring with frequent tours to Ireland, the UK and the Southern Hemisphere which have included Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and South Africa.