Hibernian Rugby Football Club

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Club History

The Hibernian Rugby Football Club was founded on January 21, 1976 by former Blackthorn RFC players along with some enthusiastic novices to the game.  The club’s name is derived from Latin “Hibernia”, which the Romans called the wild and unconquerable island now know as Ireland. The original club logo was adopted from the Ancient Order of Hibernians, but was later changed in the 1977/78 season to the crest of the Province of Connaught, Ireland.  This Province of Ireland, as it turns out, is the homeland to the ancestors of most of the Club’s Founding Fathers.  The team’s colors are Black and White with Royal Blue trim. 

The Men’s Side has been, throughout its history, a second division team in the Eastern Pennsylvania Rugby Union. It won the EPRU Second Division in 1987 and 1991. In 1992 it was the wild-card team in the ERU 2nd Division Championship.

 The Hibernians are based in Lower Bucks County and have been fortunate to keep a good relationship with the local authorities that control the recreational facilities. We currently play on a beautiful, regulation-size pitch and train under the lights at the Poplar Street Field in Parkland, Pennsylvania.  The Club also has a scrum-machine at this location. The Club did at one time have a Club-House on the 2nd floor of the AOH building in Bristol, Pennsylvania and later had the use of the German-American Soccer Club in Trevose, Pennsylvania.

 The Hibernian’s Men Side had the great fortune to have hosted several foreign sides in the past, such as: Bridgend Sports, Rhiwbina from Wales, Durban Collegians from South Africa, Old Lambethans, Oswestry, Manchester University and the Old Midwhitgiftians from England, the Bermuda Police and the London Maoris Wanderers.  Many long lasting friendships have developed from these encounters with our more experienced opponents. 

The Club’s greatest achievement has been perpetuating the old rugby tradition of traveling often and extensively, thus fueling the international spirit which is Rugby’s trademark. Besides trips within the USA (Florida and Colorado), we have visited numerous countries on several continents; the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, England (twice), Wales (twice), Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Slovenia, New Zealand, Fiji, Bermuda and Ireland.

 Since the very beginning, the Hibernians have concentrated in developing a Club with a strong organization in all aspects of Rugby. We are proud to be able to support a very good Boy's High School Side, and this year (2003) we will sponsor a Girl’s High School Side. In the spring of 1995 the first ever Hibernian RFC Old Boys Side played a match against South Jersey Old Boys. Also, since 1976, we have been hosting an Annual Summer Sevens Tournament, which for many years has been granted a USA Rugby-East Qualifier status. Since the spring of 2000, the Men’s Side and this once great tournament have gone inactive.  Like the phoenix of mythology, we all hope the current High School Program will enable the Men’s Side to return to its place of prominence in the EPRU.

 If you like to experience the Hibernian spirit, join the Club as either a player or a social member.




Founding Fathers


  Dennis O'Brien (Father Hibernian)


Joe Kelly

 George (Rusty) Walton

 Jim McVey

Kevin Rolston

 Jim McPhillips

Don Hibbs

 Chris Castner

Former Head Coaches:

Dennis O’Brien, Lino Giampaolo, Gary Manear, Alex Popp, Joe Kelly, Neil Matheson & David Niu

 Hibernians on the USA Eagles

  Position & Team

 Pete Peluso
   Wing (USA Sevens)   
 Micheal Jackson
   Second Row (USA Development Squad)  
 Matt Waters
   Flanker (USA Development Squad)
 David Niu
   Stand Off (USA Eagles Fifteens)
 Andrew Angellella
  Prop (USA U19s)
Hibernians RFC vs.
St. Joseph U
 First Match (3/7/76)

 1st XV  (0-10) 


    2nd XV (20-0)





   Jim McPhillips 
   Loose Head
   Peter Brindle
   Bob Rudloff   
   Mike DeBuono
   Chris Castner 
   Tight Head 
   Warren Pearce
   George Epstein 
   Second Row  
   John McCullough
   Jim Moore 
   Second Row  
   Jackie Wills
   Joe Kelly  
   Don Manning
   Kevin Rolston
   Joe McDevitt
   George Walton  
   Eight Man
   Kevin Rolston
   Jim McVey  
   Scrum Half 
   Bob Ivone
   Brian Sweeney 
   Fly Half 
   Paul Sweeney
   John Miller   
   Left Wing
   Tom Ireland
   Ellis Connor 
   Inside Center
   Ken Lester
   John Christie
   Outside Center 
   ?   Reim
   Dave Starner
    Right Wing
   John Devlin
   Joe McDevitt
   Doug Carmichael
   Ray Devlin
Hibernians RFC Women Sevens Team

Circa: 1988

 This was the very first Women’s Team of the Hibernian RFC    
  This team was entered in the Hibernian Summer Sevens Tournament
 Susan DeVacaris
 Linda DeVarcaris
 Cyndi Addeo
 Judy Arnold
 Amy Malloy
 Nancy Rienhold
 Sue Sickler
 Marie Snow
 Brandi White
 Ellen Pepper
 Karen Miller
 Nancy Miller
  Outside Half
 Amy Miller
  Srcum Half

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