Rugby Stars among UCC Sports Stars
In this year’s 35th Annual UCC Sports Star Awards, proudly sponsored by River Lee Hotel, included two of UCC Rugby players:
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Where did your love of Rugby come from? Who were the biggest influences on your career? I started playing rugby at seven years of age with Sunday’s well and then moved on to play with Presentation Brothers Cork where I had a lot of success which contributed to the enjoyment and love of the game.
What is your most memorable moment of your time, to date, with the UCC Rugby team? My first start for UCC which also happened to be a derby match against Dolphin in the Mardyke. I was only new to the team and it was great to see the emotion of the players and supporters after we won and it really showed what this club is about.
What does this award mean to you? It’s an acknowledgement of the work I have put in over the year and is also a reflection of the great season UCC Rugby is having to date. Fingers crossed, our progression will continue with promotion of our team to the top tier of competition at the end of this season.
John Poland, UCC Rugby scrum half and UCC Sports Scholarship recipient has been ever present for the AIL squad. He has progressed to play games in the BOI Cup with Munster ‘A’ as well British and Irish Cup Champion. Poland made and impressive full debut versus Zebra in the Pro 14.
Where did your love of rugby begin? My love of rugby began when I was age five. I would go to training with my dad in Sunday’s Well and playing with the under-eights. My dad was the coach and in no time all my school friends had joined with me. The sweets in the shop on the way home made it all the better!
Most memorable moment during your time in UCC? My most memorable moment with UCC RFC so far was our victory against Naas RFC at the beginning of our season. It was that game that kick-started our season. We are now in prime position for a promotion playoff spot.
What does winning a Sports Star Award mean to you? It’s great to get the recognition from UCC in my first season with college. I have really enjoyed the season so far and I’m looking forward to the next few weeks which will be a crucial part of the season.