I am delighted and honoured to have been asked to serve again as President of UCC RFC for the coming season. It is a great testament to our club that we continue to perform at the highest levels of rugby in Ireland in Division 1A.
It is both mine and the wider clubs fervent wish that we will maintain our standing at this level into the future. I would also like to take this opportunity to pay tribute and thank my predecessor Mr. Rory Bevan for all his continuing support and commitment over the past year and also for his dedication to club matters.
In terms of rugby, it has been a very strange time over the past 18 months. The whole of the last season was a nonevent owing to the continued Covid crisis in Ireland and around the world. However, had we been able to play, I am confident that we would have retained our position in Division 1A if it had run its natural course.
The 2021/2022 season is upon us with the AIL due to kick off on the weekend of 2nd October next. It plans to be a full season with home and away matches as well as promotion and relegation. It is also planned to allow spectators attend and it is my personal hope that we will be able to have pre and post-match functions as well in line with public health guidelines. We will keep you up to date with what is happening here as time goes on.
I would also like thank Charlie Haly and his team on the rugby committee for their continued efforts and would also like to wish our Head Coach Neil Lucey and his excellent team well for the coming year. In addition, best wishes to this year’s teams club captains and coaches for the year ahead. I am conscious that some teams may not yet be able to hit the ground running as per normal times but hopefully that situation will change during the year.
In terms of events this year we are actively planning to have both a corporate lunch and colours lunch later on next year – this of course will be very dependent on prevailing health advice. We are well served by our club doctor Dr. Larrie Martin in this regard.
I would hope that you would all continue to support the club where possible and would welcome any ideas or suggestions on how things can be improved – UCC RFC aims to be both welcoming and inclusive to all.
Yours in Rugby
Vivian E. Nathan
President UCC RFC