Lurgan Rugby History

Lurgan Rugby Club was formed in 1880 and is one of the oldest rugby clubs in Ireland. Rugby Union football has only ever been put on hold due to both World Wars with many of its members going off to serve their country.

Our Motto is “Be Just and Fear Not”


The grounds are known as Pollock Park, named after Mr Trevor Pollock, the Club’s first Patron who was one of those involved in the re-formation of the Club after both WW1 and WW2

The grounds consist of 15 acres of land with a Club house, 3 rugby pitches, a training pitch and a cricket ground with real and artificial wickets.

We are based in County Armagh (the orchard county), Northern Ireland.

Club Status

The Club has Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC) status.

We are registered with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and benefit from a range of tax reliefs, including Gift Aid, where they meet the qualifying conditions

We also recently recieved our clubmark accreditation. Click Here to find out more about Clubmark.

Teams (Senior Rugby)

Senior rugby at Lurgan currently has four teams in the Ulster leagues.

Our 1st XV play in Kukri Ulster Rugby Championship Qualifying Division 2.

Our 2nd XV play in Provincial League 5 after getting promoted last season (2019 – 2020) from Regional League South.

Our 3rd XV are a newly formed team who play in Regional League East.

Our Women’s team play in the Ulster Conference League

Our 1st XV are the only team / club to have won the Gordon West Cup 3 times.

Our Mascot – Turbo the Tiger

Senior Coaching

Our senior coaching staff is headed up by Bruce Cornelius who is from New Zealand.

Bruce has brought a wealth of experience to the Club coaching set-up. Having played rugby to senior provincial level in New Zealand, where he also coached with his local Club in Christchurch, the big Kiwi then moved to Northern Ireland where he joined Instonians as a player and coach.

During the period 2001 to 2005 he brought Inst from 14th in AIL 3 to two AIL Play Offs in the four seasons he was involved there. He then moved in 2005 to Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne where, as Head of Rugby, he brought the University team through to win the BUCS Northern Premier Division in the season 2006/7. After returning to Northern Ireland, Bruce coached Belfast Harlequins in 2008/9 and then Lisburn Rugby Club before joining Lurgan RFC as head coach. Currently Bruce’s Lurgan teams have won two cups. The focus this year is very much on the league.

His assistant is Jason Wallace who has played for Lurgan firsts for many years and has also played for Banbridge RFC in the All Ireland Leagues (AIL).


Lurgan Rugby Club needs YOU!

Like any club Lurgan Rugby Club relies on it’s volunteers to keep running from day to day. To find out more about how to Volunteer for the club visit our volunteering page or get in touch with Laura Kerrigan by email at laura.kerrigan@hotmail.co.uk


On behalf of the Irish Rugby Football Union, Aon design and manage a range of insurances for all individuals whilst active in rugby in Ireland. The Irish Rugby Football Union arranges Group Personal Accident cover for all players and certain officials who are members of affiliated Clubs.

The Union believes it has a responsibility to provide a minimum level of insurance cover and therefore the scheme is compulsory for all Clubs. This compulsory scheme is intended to primarily cover catastrophic injuries only and, whilst the” benefit may appear substantial, it will not necessarily be sufficient to cover future needs if a player is severely injured.

For more information visit the IRFU Website