A well-regarded and highly-competitive sports program.

Cistercian College is unique among secondary schools in that its teams compete at a high level in both Hurling and Rugby.

The extra-curricular activities on offer at Cistercian College are very extensive. We have a responsibility to keep students busy in their downtime, and this means that students have numerous opportunities to get involved in new hobbies, thereby developing non-academic skills that are valuable for the real world. What’s more, they take part in these activities without interfering with their classes or study.


Each year Cistercian College fields ten rugby teams including four in Senior House (TY, 5th & 6th years). The Senior Cup Team has been rated among the top teams in the country in recent years. We also run a senior seconds (SIIXV) and senior third (SIIIXV) team every year, as well as a Transition Year rugby competition. The Junior House programme runs six teams, focusing mainly on developing the core skills essential for a successful transition to SCT Rugby. Each year there are two Junior teams along with two 2nd year and two 1st year teams. All teams have dedicated coaches and play a minimum of 20 matches per season.

Students who play Rugby have a minimum of three coaching sessions per week and one match per week. They also have at least one strength and conditioning session per week. Cistercian College students also have access to the Elite player sessions and get the benefit of the latest video analysis equipment. There is an annual Rugby tour. Our players have the support of the on-site college medical and nursing staff and have access to top physiotherapists, sports psychologists and guest coaches.



Hurling in Cistercian College Roscrea is given equal importance.

Our last All-Ireland winning team was 2015. We have competed in several recent Leinster Finals. We pride ourselves on offering Hurling coaching all year round, unlike many schools that base training only on competition. We run 7 teams in the College from 1st year to senior. It is the ambition of the College to get back into the top tier of Leinster Hurling and capture a first All-Ireland ‘A’ Colleges title. The Hurling timetable in CCR consists of 4 sessions a week. We run 3 Hurling skills sessions a week, including one match, and one supervised conditioning session. The college has access to top of the range video analysis to develop the team and individual. We also run Hurling alley tournaments and indoor Hurling sessions. This is all achieved with the minimum effect on the academic timetable.

Many of our pupils are selected to represent their county, province and County at minor and under 18 level in Hurling and/or Rugby.


Cistercian College run cater for both competitive and beginner golfers. The College enter teams in the Junior and Senior competitions in both match play and stroke play. We also have access to a golf instructor. This enables beginner golfers to participate in a programme of 8 one hour lessons to develop putting, short game and driving.


Cistercian College has a proud tradition of Athletics, ranked 3rd in the most successful athletics schools in the country. We encourage both beginner and team athletics. Athletics is compulsory for our 1st years. They are guaranteed one hour with the track coach and the field coach every week. This develops their interest in Athletics and helps them to choose events that match their physical abilities. Out CCR Team Athletics programme grants one hour with a specialist Track or Field coach to allow continuous development over the season.

We compete in the indoor and outdoor competitions in South Leinster and Leinster Championships. We also enter in the Tipperary schools competitions. We are developing our Cross Country programme and this is going from strength to strength each year.


The Equestrian programme is a collaboration between the pupils, parents and the College. We are invited to compete in Equestrian Ireland Interschools competitions at various times of the school year. A parent assumes the role of Chef d’Equipe and facilitates the competition involvement. It is not essential to have a pony but experience would be important.


The Cistercian College have recently added soccer to their sporting programme. The U-17 team enter in the Leinster league. The soccer team train twice a week and also play club sides at the weekend.