Aug 032018
WITH THE RHINOS on the way to the IAFL-1 bowl, here’s a look at how they got there.
Rhinos @ Warriors W 27-0
The perfect start to the new season as QB Ethan Foster and rookie Chris Hutchinson open their season’s accounts before LB Paul Richardson and DT Nico Marrimpoey finish the job.
Ethan Foster:
“As the first game of the season we expected a lot of ourselves. We started out slow but the whole team kept their heads up and after the first half we played our football and walked away with a concrete win, and a massive confidence boost. “
David Hosford (WR): 
“Galway was a tough game, travelling with pretty much a new team, we weren’t sure what we had, even though training was outstanding you just never know until you play a game how it will play out. What we learned was that our D came ready to play, three massive turnovers leading to scores against a strong side was brilliant.” 
Rhinos @ Crusaders W 21-14
A come from behind win saw RB Ian Fanning, Hutchinson and QB Jonny Northcutt get on the board in what many felt was a bellwether for this season.
Chris Cullen (OL):
“The comeback against Kildare. The lads collectively pulled it out when the old Rhinos would have just given up.”
Sandis Buivids (OL):
“We were losing and everyone was losing their shit. We took a time out, talked it out and that’s when I think O-line clicked together for the rest of the season.”
David Hosford: 
“Kildare was the first time I thought we had something special. We were short enough when we travelled as it was, then we lost three massive players. We finished the game with (RB Robert) Pops playing on the line if I’m right, yet still gutted out a massive win having been behind at half time. To gut out a win there was simply outstanding.”
Rhinos v Eagles L 7-35
A late Jonny Northcutt TD wasn’t enough for the Rhinos who dropped to 2-1 at home to Wexford.
Paul Hosford (WR/K):
“Some days you’re the windshield, some days you’re the bug. You’d have the usual things to say – lads missing, warm weather and that, but we didn’t start playing til the game was over and were deservedly beaten.”
Rhinos v Cowboys W 23-21

Bouncing back, the Rhinos won a game that changed as much as the weather on the day. Ethan Foster with two TDs and Ian Fanning with a 90-yard kick return put the Rhinos in position for Paul Hosford to slot a 37-yard field goal with 5 seconds left to claim the win.
Junior Groves (DE):
“This was a really tough game. Extremely hard hitting, really physical. Their running back was very hard to bring down. Nimble, fast and can really bounce with a really good line.”
Paul Hosford:
“When we got the ball back with 4 minutes left, I knew we had to do something special, but everyone was really calm. Ethan converted a fourth down run that kept the game alive. When we set up to kick, I was pretty nervous, but the second the Cowboys called a timeout, I was really calm. I knew Barry’s snap and Ethan’s hold would be perfect, so I just had to concentrate on getting the ball over the line. Thankfully it did.”
Rhinos @ Minotaurs L 7-10
Travelling to Westmeath confident, the Rhinos were on the end of their own medicine – losing ot a last minute field goal in a place where they had won by the same method last year.
Ethan Foster:
“At this point we had good wins under our belt and went in probably expecting a win. After the first drive that mentality sailed out the window. It was the most difficult game I’ve ever played and we just couldn’t figure out how to gain ground. The defense really stepped up for the team that game, and the offense got a serious wake up call.”
Rhinos v Pirates W 41-7

Darragh McDonnell isn’t letting go off this Pirate RB.

A slow start from the Rhinos saw them roar back to win this Dublin derby. TDs from Foster (2), Hutchinson, Paul Hosford, Paddy Roche and Richardson marking the win.
Junior Groves:
“The Pirates game was a good game. Their running backs were fast and I was coming up against an old u20s teammate (Oisin Dowling) who was their best player on the day. He had an unbelievable touchdown, but after that we really put the foot down and caused serious pressure on the line and got some sacks and some big tackles in the backfield for a loss.”
Rhinos v Jets W 42-7
Another home win, another 40+ points put up as the Rhinos secured a first-ever winning season. Scores from Foster (3), Hutchinson, Jimmy English and LB Rui Almeida secured the win.
David Hosford:
“The Jets was the Junior show wasn’t it? 3 or 4 sacks. I had my first run from running back, so that was fun, starting on the 1 yard line was terrifying but our line created hole after hole for us to punch through. I thought we finally showed how good we could be on the O that day after promising so much all season.”
Game MVP Junior Groves:
“The Jets game was the best game for me. Personally that’s when I knew that this was a season that we were going to be a serious, serious threat. 
“I think it was the first or second play I came off the edge with a bad humour blew through the tackle and made a sack think it was the first of three or four that day I made. From that play on it was just fun. In the second half the running back made a good play and I missed the tackle on the edge. I went back to the huddle fuming with myself I was so mad and I knew it was coming my way again. The running back ran out to the right and didn’t see me coming at all I think I just ran full speed through him like he wasn’t even there. For me that was my best moment of the season to come back from a bad play and make a play like that it was easily my best tackle of the season and he wasn’t getting up either. 
“From there on I played with aggression and a point to prove every single play and I haven’t looked back.”
Rhinos @ Razorbacks W 22-0
A half-time forfeit with the Rhinos 22 points up secured a 6-2 regular season finish. An Adam Skelly pick-six and scores from Foster and Hutchinson and a Paul Hosford field goal gave the Rhinos the win.
Ethan Foster:
“Coming off of two massive wins at home we were meshing as a single unit. We knew what we could do, and how to execute. After three touchdowns and a field goal on three drives (one defensive touchdown) the game was sealed away; nothing and no one was going to get us out of that groove.” 
Wildcard @ Minotaurs W 13-3
Travelling with revenge in mind, but down to the fourth-choice QB, the Rhinos were able to gut out a win on the back of two Paul Richardson TDs and an incredible defensive effort.
Paul Richardson:
“My biggest memories are from some great team plays. Our first touchdown in Westmeath was from a sneak and we just mauled our way into the end zone. It was the perfect way to sum up how the offensive line could dig in and drive people back.”
Semi-final @ Vipers W 24-8

Paul Richardson has a fist pump as he goes into the endzone.
Pic: Desmond Loughrey


A chance at a final awaited the winners and the Rhinos were ahead after just three scrimmage plays, capitalising on a Vipers fumble before Paddy Roche scored. Richardson would add another two along with Paul Hosford’s field goal to set up a final appearance.
Paul Hosford:
“This was a great performance in all three phases/ We scored two TDs where we marched the field against a really good Vipers D, we only conceded with 4 minutes left and we were excellent across the board of special teams. The team’s reaction and the atmosphere coming home was absolutely the best I have ever experienced in sport.”
Paul Richardson:

“Against Derry in our last touchdown, my biggest recollection is hitting the second level and seeing every Rhino on a block and hustling to the end zone. I couldn’t contain the excitement at the end of that play.”There has been a huge amount of passion and fight from every player in the post season and it proved on our big plays.”

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Jun 282018

Rhinos 42-6 Jets

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The Rhinos went to 5-2 and clinched a playoff spot with a win over a tough Antrim Jets side on Sunday.

The win also clinches a first-ever winning season for the club.

In the early going, the defences were on top, with Rhinos MVP Matthew “Junior” Groves dominating from DE, finishing the day with 3 sacks and 3 TFLs.

A phenomenal Jets punt left the Rhinos with an 88-yard field late in the 1st quarter, but strong running from David Hosford, Ian Fanning, Jonny Northcutt and Chris Hutchinson led the home side to the redzone. Penalties, however left the Rhinos with a 3rd and 18 from the 28. The long distance was soon eaten up by QB Ethan Foster, who weaved his way to the endzone.

Foster would soon find Hutchinson through the air to double the lead before half-time.

Foster would add another on the ground right after the break, with the Rhinos D led by Groves, Andy Meehan and Adam Skelly getting the ball back quickly.

That allowed Jimmy English the opportunity to break tackles en route to the endzone.

However, the Jets were not done and a brilliant outside run from Khadhum Hasson found paydirt. A 2PAT was stuffed by the Rhinos D.

Foster had time in the fourth quarter to cap his hat-trick of rushing TDs, before the Rhinos D got the turnover it had been craving.

LB Rui Almeida dropped into coverage and picked off a deep pass and when he turned upfield, a Rhinos convoy ushered him to the endzone for a pick-6. PATs on the day came from Paul Hosford (4) and David Hosford (2).

Thanks to the Jets for a great, clean, enjoyable game and to our officials on the day.

We thank as always our sponsors Health Services Staffs Credit Union Limited and Woolshed Baa & Grill.

Pic: Zaq Wood.


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Jun 112018

Rhinos 41-7 Pirates

Adam Skelly and Andy Meehan stuff a Pirates run.

The Rhinos improved to 4-2 on the season with a 41-7 win over the North Dublin Pirates.

The Rhinos were forced to come from behind after a mistake-riddled opening on offence allowed the Pirates’ a foothold in the game.

That led to Oisin Dowling catching a pass and running 70 yards to put the visitors ahead.

The Rhinos would respond immediately, with Robert Pops leading a strong drive that was run in by QB Ethan Foster, with Paul Hosford adding the PAT.

With just 2 minutes of the half left, the Rhinos would go in ahead.

A defensive stand led by Paul Richardson, Nico Marrimpoey and Andy Meehan led to a blocked punt. With the short field, the Rhinos would take advantage with Foster finding Chris Hutchinson for the TD.

Chris Hutchinson puts the Rhinos ahead.

After the break, the Rhinos would get into the endzone again, with Paul Hosford catching the pass. That would be added to by an incredible 75 yard run from Foster.

In the fourth, a drive led by two top class catches by MVP Paddy Roche would stall at the 15. It would lead to a TD, however, when Foster found Roche on a broken FG attempt.

The Rhinos D would continue to stiffen to the end, with Pat Noonan, Matthew Groves, Adam Skelly and Brian Martin all making plays.

Put in at RB, Richardson made two huge runs near the close, with the second finding paydirt. David Hosford would add the extra this time to cap a 41-7 win for the Rhinos.

Darragh McDonnell isn’t letting go off this Pirate RB.

Next up, the Rhinos face the Antrim Jets on 24 June.

Thanks to the Pirates, our officials, ambulance crew and our sponsors Health Services Credit Union and the Woolshed Baa and Grill.


All pics: Zaq Wood.

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Apr 252018

Rhinos win!

The Rhinos improve to 2-0 on the season with a gutsy 21-14 win over the Cill Dara Crusaders.

A depleted side that ended with four fit O-linemen was able to overturn a 14-7 half time deficit with scores by Ian FanningChris Hutchinson and QB Jonny Northcutt leading the Rhinos to a win over a talented and committed Crusaders side.

Next up is a home stand against the Wexford Eagles.


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Mar 292018

Four Rhinos make their international debuts this weekend as the Ireland under-2o’s take on the AFW High School Elite.

DBs Karl Fanning and Pat Gahan, RB Ian Fanning and WR/RB Chris Hutchinson are all set to done the green this weekend after all playing a starting role in the Rhinos winning start to the season last weekend.

The young talent is forming the core of the Rhinos 2018 squad and are all fast becoming key players.

The game kicks off at 1pm at Navan Rugby Club in Meath and admission is free. 

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Aug 112017


It is with great excitement that we introduce the Rhinos 2018 coaching staff.

Rhinos stalwart and mainstay Barry Bolton will take up the coaching reins, having retired from playing after over a decade. 

He will be joined by former Rhinos HC Mark Lawless, who will coordinate special teams and be the assistant head coach. 

Former Rhinos tight end Ross Carrick will call plays as offensive coordinator, while Nick Newby will continue as defensive coordinator.

Returning Rhino Sean Miller will be the team’s strength and conditioning coach, while a host of former players, and one current captain, will coach positions.

Rob Healy, a cornerstone of the offensive line for the last five years, will take on coaching duties on the line, while Carrick will work with receivers and tight ends. Boston-area native Lorcan Sherlock returns to the red and black to coach running backs, while Chris Cullen will handle the defensive line.

Linebackers will be coached by former Rhinos captain Eoin Fox and Fintan Corr. 

Current team captain Adam Skelly will coach defensive backs. 

The Rhinos board is delighted to welcome all of our coaches this year. Each one has given years of service to the club and will look to bring success to the Rhinos in 2018. 

The coaching team:

Head Coach: Barry Bolton
Assistant Head Coach: Mark Lawless
Offensive Coordinator: Ross Carrick
Defensive Coordinator Nick Newby

Strength & Conditioning: Sean Miller

Positional coaches:

OL: Rob Healy
WR/TE: Ross Carrick
RBs: Lorcan Sherlock
DL: Chris Cullen
LBs: Fintan Corr & Eoin Fox
DBs: Adam Skelly

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Aug 102017
Vitor Prado and Carlos Sanchez

Vitor Prado and Carlos Sanchez

THE DUBLIN RHINOS are delighted to announce that we have been chosen as 2017 recipients of a grant from the Community Integration Fund, an initiative of the Department of Justice and Equality.

129 organisations nationwide will receive grants of up to €5,000 each for activities to support the integration of migrants within our communities.

The funding will allow the Rhinos purchase equipment which will allow migrants new to Ireland further their development in American football, at the same time as becoming part of the Rhinos community.

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The Rhinos have always had a vast array of nationalities represented, with players from Brazil, Venezuela, America, Romania, Denmark, Latvia and the UK among those who pulled on the red and black this year.

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Aug 022017


The Rhinos are recruiting!

Ever wanted to try a new sport?

September is Rookie Month and the Rhinos will be hosting three rookie days around Dublin 15.

The first of which will take place from 11am on Sunday, 3 September in Castleknock College.

Interested? Click here.

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Feb 232016

We train every Sunday from 11 o’clock in Castleknock College.

All newcomers are welcome.  Training gear, gum shield and boots required.

We provide Helmets and Pads.


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Sep 162013

With the 2014 IAFL Season fast approaching, the Dublin Rhinos are looking to fill the following positions on their coaching staff:

  • Running Backs Coach
  • Linebackers Coach
  • Defensive Backs Coach


Anyone who is looking to get involved in coaching is welcome to sign up. No prior experience is necessary as you will be fully mentored by a very dedicated and experienced coaching staff.

If you are interested in becoming part of the coaching staff, please Contact Us today.