The story so far
The Ireland Police Rugby team was established in 2003 and is made up of serving police officers from both organisations. Detective Superintendent Eamon O'Grady of An Garda Siochana and Superintendent Alan Mains (retired) of the PSN I were the leading figures in the establishment of the team, with the Chief Constable of the PSN I and the Garda Commissioner becoming joint patrons.
The team played its first game against the Leinster Junior XV in March 2003 and since then has played matches, and had significant victories, against International Police teams, including the Australian, British and French Police. Ireland Police won the Cyprus Tens tournament on two occasions, as well as traveling to Boston and the United Kingdom. The team has also played against the Irish and British Fire Service rugby teams.
In 2009 Ireland Police Rugby played host to the British Police in Dublin. The British won on that day in Donnybrook, but the Irish evened the scores in London the following year with a 43-26 victory which truly announced their arrival as a force to be reckoned with.
That great victory was then upstaged by the fabulous victory, by 16 - 12, for the team against the French Police in Paris in February 2012. The French team will come to Dublin in March 2013 to attempt to avenge that result.
The objective of the Ireland Police Rugby team is to provide opportunities for young police officers from both sides to come together and play rugby as Irishmen against high quality competition. As the game of rugby has become more professional in its demands, even in the amateur club game, the Ireland Police team provides the opportunity for young police officers to play rugby at a higher level. This has been cemented with an official endorsement of the Ireland Police Rugby concept by Mr John Hussey, President of the IRFU, who was in attendance at the fixture. This was further strengthened with the suggestion of awarding Cap’s to the representative players which was acknowledged by Assistant Commissioner Kieran Kenny who spoke on behalf of An Garda Siochana.
Friendships between the players and officials have grown over the past eight years, where the team and concept has truly come of age.