Portadown College Rugby

 

Rugby has always been the main school sport for boys since its establishment in 1924. 1st XV Team photographs dated from the season 1924-1925 still dawn the corridors throughout the school. Participation in the Ulster Schools Cup has been, and still is, the pinnacle for every rugby playing school boy in Ulster and Portadown College is no exception. PC reached the Semi-Final in the season 1981 – 1982 and more recently the season 1997 – 1998 under the captaincy of Mark Best, brother of both Simon and Rory. Portadown College too has been well represented on Ulster and Irish School Squads as seen below in our roll of honour.

 

PORTADOWN COLLEGE RFC

ROLL OF HONOUR

The following boys were selected to play for Ulster Schools at Rugby:

Tommy Gibson                Prop                     1964 – 1965

Eric McAfee                       Flanker                1967 – 1968

Ken Mathers                     Full-Back             1968 – 1969

Michael Fullerton            Centre                  1969 – 1970

John Lappin                      Lock                     1970 – 1971

Kenneth Lyttle                  Outhalf                1978 – 1979

Mark Hall                           Centre                  1981 – 1982 – 1983

Neale Matthews              Wing                    1981 – 1982

Nigel Turner                      Flanker                1981 – 1982

Sam Thompson                Outhalf                1982 – 1983

Stephen Matchett           Scrumhalf           1983 – 1984

Graeme McCluskey         Wing                    1988 – 1989

Neil McCluskey                Wing                    1990 – 1991

Simon Best                        Prop                     1995 – 1996

Andrew Brisbane             Wing                    1996 – 1997

Ajay Subherwal                Wing                    1997 – 1998

Stuart Wilson                    Outhalf                1998 – 1999

Rory Best                           Hooker                2000 – 2001

Leigh McNally                   Lock                     2002 – 2003

James Edgar                      Full-Back             2007 – 2008

David Busby                      Wing                    2011 – 2012

Ben Matchett                   Scrumhalf           2012 – 2013

 

 

 

The following boys were selected to play for Irish Schools at Rugby:

Mark Brown                      Centre                  1978 – 1979

Mark Hall                           Centre                  1981 – 1982

Neale Matthews              Wing                    1981 – 1982

Stephen Matchett           Scrumhalf           1983 – 1984

Andrew Matchett            Scrumhalf           1986 – 1987

Graeme McCluskey         Wing                    1988 – 1989

Simon Best                        Prop                     1995 – 1996

Rory Best                           Hooker                2000 – 2001

David Busby                      Wing                    2011 – 2012