St. Andrew's College has made a considerable contribution to rugby in Ireland since the foundation of the college in 1894. The College has had 17 full Ireland rugby Internationals with two past pupils - J.A. Middleton and Jack Gregory capped for England and one R.W. Langrish capped for Scotland. The College also provided the 1959 British and Irish Lions Captain, Ronnie Dawson. More recently past pupil Ben Marshall is a professional player with Connacht and Felix Jones has captained Munster and represents Ireland. Four of the 2013-2014 Senior Cup team, Greg Jones, Andrew Porter, Jonny Guy and Jordan Larmour played on the Ireland U18 school team in the European Championships in 2014.
The College sees rugby as a core sporting activity for pupils which provides personal development and team values. The philosophy underlying the rugby programme is primarily one of participation, enjoyment and skill development which is age appropriate. It is our objective to foster a commitment to the sport and produce players who wish to continue in the sport beyond their school days.
St. Andrew's College is active in aligning our coaching methodology with programmes run by Leinster Rugby and the IRFU. The skill and hard work of the coaches allied with a very extensive strength and conditioning programme provides students with every opportunity to excel in the sport. Cup matches engender a great sense of school spirit and excitement within the student body and the alumni.