Ards RFC – All Ireland League 2B is situated @ Hamilton Park, Lansdowne Road, Newtownards, Down, BT23 4NT, Tel: 02891813961,
Ards is a highly successful rugby competing in AIL Rugby League Division 3.
Ards operate 5 senior teams 4 men and 1 women, 4 youth teams and a mini rugby section.
There website is constantly updated with news about the club inlcuding reports, pictures and videos. It also has a very comprehensive review of the histroy of the club and some extracts from this are below.
History – History 1
Ards Rugby Football Club has been in continual operation since its foundation in 1928. There is no question but that it has been sustained through its close connection with Newtownards’ rugby playing grammar school Regent House. It has never been, however, a former pupils club as such. It is, and always has been, completely open to the community at large and has benefited accordingly……..
History – History 2
The Ards Internationals
Philip Matthews- the first Ardsman to be awarded an Irish cap, went on to win 38 caps in all, a number of them as captain
Nigel Carr- 1st cap against Scotland in Jan 985, gained 12 caps in all and played alongside Philip in the 1984/85 Triple Crown success. Appeared for British and Irish Lions in IRB centenary game………..
History – History 3
Ards Youth – A Brief History
Ards Youth rugby has been part of the history of Ards rugby periodically since the mid 1970s. However a sustained and progressive approach throughout all the various age groups started in 1995 when Duncan Wallace and Lindsey Stead met with former Youth mentor David Coffey for an informal chat on the feasibility of…..