Consistent with its fine reputation and playing in a manner that befitted the best traditions of their club, the 2011 UCD Smurfit Rugby Team delivered many spirited performances to regain the MBA Rugby World Championship.
Required to play 220 minutes of championship rugby, in 30+ degree heat and against three of the top four teams in the competition in one day, UCD Smurfit overcame injury and fatigue to win the World Championship for the ninth time since 2000.
Described by their coach, Barry Gibney, as having the most heart of any team he ever coached; the team fronted up to every challenge thrown at them, with the same intensity as the one before, to deliver one of the most memorable Championship victories of recent years.
The team defeated Harvard Business School 13 – 10 in the final, with the try coming from an inspirational chip and chase by centre David Neary. Wild scenes of emotion greeted the final whistle and, after a rousing rendition of Amhran na bhFiann, the trophy was accepted on behalf of the team by captains Rob Downes and Eoghan O’Dwyer. The trophy will now join the other trophies in the Trophy cabinet at the Smurfit School.