Gordon Fredric Hamilton (born 13 May 1964 in Belfast) is a retired Irish rugby union player. He played as an open-side wing-forward.
Hamilton played for N.I.F.C., Howe Of Fife (Scotland), Ballymena and Ulster.
He had 10 caps for Ireland, from 1991 to 1992, scoring a single try. The most famous moment came of his career came at the 1991 Rugby World Cup, when he scored a try in the last couple of minutes of Ireland's quarter-final against Australia to put Ireland ahead. However, Michael Lynagh scored at the other end to put Ireland out of the tournament.
Hamilton owned and ran a shipping and stevedoring business in Ireland before selling the group to J&J Denholm Group of Scotland in 2012.
Hamilton served as Chairman of the Professional Game Boards at Ulster Rugby and the Irish Rugby Football Union. Current Chairman of James Tolland & Company Limited, a grain and animal feed trading business, he continues to work on a voluntary basis for Campbell College Belfast.
The Ireland national rugby union team is the representative national team in the sport of rugby union for the island of Ireland. The team represents both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Ireland competes in the annual Six Nations Championship and in the Rugby World Cup. Ireland is one of the four unions that make up the British & Irish Lions – players eligible to play for Ireland are also eligible for the Lions.
Ravenhill Stadium is a rugby stadium located in Belfast, Northern Ireland. It is the home of Ulster Rugby. With the opening of a new stand for the 2014 Heineken Cup quarter-final against Saracens on 5 April 2014, the capacity of the stadium is now 18,196. The stadium is owned by the Irish Rugby Football Union.
Rob Dewey is a Scottish former rugby union player and played for the Glasgow Warriors. Despite having only come onto the professional rugby scene in the 2005–06 season, a lethal combination of pace and power gave him a name amongst the Scottish rugby community.
Andrew Trimble is a former Irish rugby union player who played for Ulster and represented Ireland at international level.
Thomas John Bowe is a former Irish rugby union player from County Monaghan, Ireland. He played on the wing for Ulster, Ireland and the British & Irish Lions. In March 2012, after four years with Ospreys in Swansea, Wales, Bowe returned to Ulster for the 2012/13 season.
Neil Best is a rugby union footballer, who attended Wellington College Belfast and played his school rugby there until he left in 1997 after upper sixth. The last professional team he played for was London Scottish and previously played on the Irish national team. He played as a flanker.
Patrick "Paddy" Wallace is a Northern Ireland rugby union footballer who has played for Ireland's national team and currently plays for Ulster. A native of Belfast, he attended Rockport School and Campbell College. He was a member of the Ireland U19 side that lifted the U19 World Cup in 1998. He was a member of the Ireland Grand Slam winning team of 2009.
Trevor Maxwell Ringland, is a Northern Irish solicitor, former rugby union player and politician. From June 2013 to July 2014, he served as Co-Chairman of the NI Conservatives. After attending Larne Grammar School, he read law at Queen's University Belfast.
The 1884 Home Nations Championship was the second series of the rugby union Home Nations Championship. Six matches were played between 5 January and 12 April 1884. It was contested by England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.
North of Ireland Football Club is a former Irish rugby union club that was based in Belfast, Ireland. It was the first rugby club formed in what is now Northern Ireland and only two other clubs - Dublin University and Wanderers - were formed earlier anywhere else in all Ireland. It was founded in 1868 by members of North of Ireland Cricket Club. NIFC also played in the first recorded rugby game in Ulster when they played a 20-a-side match against Queen's University RFC.
Craig Gilroy is an Irish rugby union player from Belfast, Northern Ireland. He plays wing for Ulster and for Ireland. Gilroy made headlines with his try-scoring exploits in the victory over Munster in the April 2012 Heineken Cup quarter final. He also took part in the semi final against Edinburgh with which Ulster went through to the Heineken Cup final, winning 22–19. He scored a hat trick of tries against Italy in the Stadio Olympico in a convincing 63-10 win for Ireland in the 2017 Six Nations.
David Patrick Lindsay James "Paddy" Jackson is a professional rugby union player from Northern Ireland. He primarily played at fly-half for Irish provincial side Ulster in the Pro12 and also played in France for Perpignan. He signed with London Irish for the 2019–20 Premiership Rugby season.
Thomas Samuel Fenwick Seymour is a Scottish professional rugby union player. He made 55 international appearances for the Scotland national rugby union team 2013–2019, scoring 20 tries which placed him fourth-top try scorer for the country. He played in two world cups and the 2017 British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand. His regular playing position is wing.
Billy Sean Burns is a professional rugby union player who plays for Ulster and Ireland. His favoured position is fly-half. He is the younger brother of England rugby union team fly-half Freddie Burns. Born in England, Burns represented England for youth rugby union teams, before choosing to represent Ireland at the 2020 Six Nations Championship
Michael 'Mike' Allen from Belfast is a retired Irish rugby union player. He played at both centre and wing during his career. Allen started his career with Irish provincial side Ulster, before signing for Scottish side Edinburgh in 2015. However, after finishing with Edinburgh in 2017, Allen decided to retire from the sport at the age of 26 to focus on his family life.
Rory Scholes is an Irish rugby union player. He plays primarily as a wing, but also covers fullback. Scholes last played for Brive. He has previously played for his native province of Ulster, Scottish side Edinburgh and another Irish provincial side Connacht in the Pro14.
James Barnett Allison was an Irish rugby union international who played twelve Test matches for the Irish national team between 1899 and 1903. Born in Monaghan in what is now the Republic of Ireland, he was a student of Campbell College, Queen's University Belfast, and the University of Edinburgh, and played as a centre. Regarded as one of the most agile centres of his generation, match reports from the period show he gained a reputation for rigorous tackling and accurate kicking, scoring a drop goal for Ireland against England at the Athletic Ground, Richmond in 1900.
Jacob Stockdale is an Irish professional rugby union player who currently plays for Ulster and for Ireland. He plays on the wing or at fullback.
Noel Joseph Henderson was a rugby union player from Northern Ireland, who played in the centre position. Henderson played club rugby with North of Ireland F.C., was capped forty times for Ireland, and was a member of the British and Irish Lions team that toured in 1950.
George Vaughan Stephenson born in Dromore, Co. Down was an Irish rugby union player and doctor. Stephenson played club rugby for Queens University, North of Ireland, Middlesex, the London Hospital, Haileybury College, London Irish and Barbarians and international rugby for Ireland, winning forty two caps and holding multiple rugby records