GRFC Club History


Founded in 1937

Greystones RFC was formed in 1937 after a meeting in the Carnegie Library in Greystones attended by twenty mainly schoolboys intent on founding a club to represent the town. One of the original young men, Eric Archer is still an active member of the club and played a full part in the 75th anniversary celebrations. The club archives show that the initial membership subscription of 5 shillings “was discussed with some controversy” at that meeting but was finally adopted. A sum of £4 was required to pay for the annual rent on the grounds and a life membership of £1 was proposed in order to raise the rent money, it was noted that four members were prevailed upon to stump up the rent!

The application to the Leinster Branch to form a club was accepted and Greystones were allowed to play as a Metropolitan Club. Success on the field first arrived in 1944 when the club won the Met. League.The club would repeat the Met Cup success in 1996.

Nine Irish internationals

In 1978, after a three-year “trial” period, Greystones were awarded Senior status and in that same year the first of our nine Irish internationals, Paul McNaughton was capped. Paul went on to win a total of 19 caps before relocating to the USA and was followed by John Robbie, Johnny Murphy, Tony Doyle, Tony Ward, Nick Popplewell, Brian Rigney, John Murphy and Reggie Corrigan, while Pieter Muller, South Africa  and Tom Curtis, Samoa also gained their countries highest playing honour.

First class facilities

Continuous investment in the clubhouse and its playing facilities sees the club as one of the best maintained in the country, with a first class  senior pitch, stand and terraces, a players gym, dressing and club rooms, bar, function room and club shop, with our pre-match luncheons considered to be the best in the country.

Youth academy success

At all levels in the club success on the field of play has been constant with many Leinster Blue pennants adorning the walls. The club is justifiably proud of its Youth Policy with up to 600 boys and girls playing minis andyouths producing many fine players who continue to gain provincial and international at underage level including several u20’s world cup caps. Our youth academy contributes handsomely to the playing population of the club filling the senior and junior playing squads.We are proud that the first team is almost entirely made up of players graduating from the youth ranks.

Community club

Above all else Greystones Rugby Club is rooted in the local Community providing the opportunity to play rugby to players of all ages, gender and ability. In addition to a hugely successful mini and youth section the club is proud to field five adult men’s teams, one senior women’s team, thriving men’s over 35’s tag section, social mixed tag league and our special needs Seagulls tag rugby team. The club host numerous charity events and fundraisers every year along with our almost infamous annual Ladies AIL lunch.

75 years and growing

The 2012/13 season was celebrated as the clubs Golden Jubilee. As a testament to the founders of the club we were honored to have founding member Eric Archer participate in many jubilee celebrations. Looking to the future we continue to grow as an all-inclusive community club whilst striving for excellence on and off the field. Our ambition is to play rugby at the highest level of the All Ireland League, continue to develop our youths to play representative and senior rugby and to ensure we continue to provide rugby playing and player support facilities to the highest standards.