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RCSI Rugby Team in Paris

21 March 2014

The RCSI rugby team travelled to Paris last weekend to take on University Pierre-and-Marie-Curie (UPMC). This year marked the 25th anniversary of the San Antoine UPMC-RCSI rugby alliance, a biennial event and highlight in the College’s sporting calendar. 

A squad of 33 arrived in the ‘city of light’ last Thursday as the sun set on the Seine. The tour commenced with a team meeting followed by a tour of the university and its surrounding area.

RCSI Rugby Team in Paris

On Friday, 14 March, the RCSI team explored sunny Paris by bicycle before gathering for an evening dinner hosted by their UMPC counterparts.

RCSI Rugby Team in Paris

Saturday was match day, and the RCSI team came prepared to defend their title. In the past quarter of a century, RCSI has dominated this event with only three defeats. However, a strong performance by UMPC in the first half gave them a two try lead. In the second half, RCSI came out fighting, but it was too little, too late. UMPC won on home turf with a final score of 27-25. Commiserations to the RCSI rugby team – no doubt they will be ready to take on UPMC when they travel to Dublin in 2015.

RCSI Rugby Team in Paris