Editor - Dave Ashe (Club President)

Garrett Brewer

Our American Friend

Keep your eyes peeled. He has the makings of a beard. His hair is now very short although his long dreadlocks were a feature in the early season. Now they are gone and despite the rumour that the dreadlocks disappeared while on a visit to London Garrett claims that he simply cut them himself. They were the last item on his bucket list of things to do. Garrett is our outhalf on the Club's Senior Team.

Garrett is from Sacramento, California in the United States. Aged 24, he is 6 ft - 4 in in height, is 101 kilos in weight, doesn't carry any fat, doesn't smoke and is available for a drink or two. His real interest in rugby came from his father who was an avid player for many years. He first came into contact with the game in his high school known as St. Mary's College, California which had an Irish coach. This was at the age of 15 years. He looks like an American football player - no he say's he never tried it. He has played basketball, baseball and soccer but rugby is his first interest. After his education in the USA he became a personal trainer in San Francisco where he worked closely with the Chief Executive Officers of many leading companies.

Here he works as a Community Club Rugby Operator. This involves him going to the primary schools in County Kildare and briefing and introducing interested kids to rugby and organising matches for them.

This is his third time in Ireland. He previously trained with Trinity College Rugby team about 5 years ago. His previous trip to Ireland was with St. Mary's College team on a rugby tour. His main Irish friends are members of Newbridge Rugby Club and he has a few college mates from home who play in Trinity College.

Here in Kildare he certainly has galloped to a good few tries while also evading a good number of tackles. He is our leading scorer with 15 tries this season. His ambitions in rugby - He wants to improve his rugby skills particularly kicking and tackling. Otherwise his long term goal is to play for the USA international rugby team.

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Upcoming nights at Clubhouse


A kids Halloween Party is being organised for Saturday 31st Oct. It will be run prior to and in conjunction with the showing of the World Cup Final on the big screen in the Clubhouse. Newbridge Seconds and First play Carlow in the Leinster League at 12.30 and 1.30 respectively.

Captains' Night

NRFC Clubhouse, Rosetown on Saturday 12 Dec at 1930 hours.

All members and friends are welcome. More details later.


Arrangements are being put in place to have Wi-fi freely available in the Clubhouse for interested people. It is being pursued by Barry McCann. Barry will have it in place by the end of next week.


If you have any short piece regarding Newbridge Rugby or any photos let me know and I will look at it for the Newsletter. Send it to Dave Ashe at



Welcome back to Graham Barry who was last years Club Captain. Graham is a first class scrum half and we look forward to his escapades on the pitch once more.

Niall O’Connor – Club Captain

Phone: 087 7797522. Email:

Our Club Captain Niall is aged 28 and is from Newbridge. He attended at Presentation Brothers School. He is playing rugby for Newbridge for the last 14 years. He started out on our Under-14 team. He is a member of a strong backrow at number 8.


** Great Prizes **



Tickets cost €10 each.

Members try and sell a ticket or two to your parents or friends.

Watch out for further details or contact Fiona Nugent (087 2027217) or Mick McCoy (086 8117877) or any member of the Club’s Executive.

All the money raised goes into Newbridge Rugby Club


Club Chairman – Stephen Nugent Phone: 087 2249999. Email:

Stephen has been chairman since 2012. He lives in Ballysax, He is from Dublin originally. He is married to Helen and they have 3 children, Keelin, Matthew and Naoise. He owns Nugent Steel manifacturing in Naas and in the last few years he made the design for the Chelsea Garden Show for Dermot Gavin which won.

Director of Rugby – Rory McCann

Phone: 087 6777462. Email:

Rory has been a player since his young days. With his father Sean who is a Vice President and his brother Barry all have been great supporters of Newbridge. Living at Athgarvan (when his new house is finished) he retired from rugby last year. He is serving as a Captain in the Army, is married to Pamela and they have children Alice and Sean.


A superb Family Day was held at the Club on Saturday 05th Spetember last. The young children has a great day. Thanks to all the Club volunteers who put in much work. Funds for the day go to the Club finances. Thanks in particular have to go to Linda Spollen who was the Commander-in-Chief and who worked tirelessly to make it a fine event.


As you will have noticed the Cap Park at the Clubhouse has been re-surfaced. Thanks to Tom and Sean Treacy and Mick McCoy for their great work. The material was courtesy of the road works on nearby roads.


The work over the past few short years on the pitches has brought them to a fantastic standard. We all remember when the 2nds pitch was so poor that it couldnt be played on from November on wardsa and we had to use the Curragh pitches. Well with the lighting installed now and the grass in first class condition the playing surfacesare on both pitches are top class. The efforts of Jerry Delaney, along with Denis O'Callaghan and Noel Coogan, are tremendous.


Newbridge Rugby Club provides coaching and games for senior teams as well as across all age groups of Minis and Youths.

Your membership contribution helps to fund these extensive activities as well as maintain our Rosetown facilities to the highest standard and partially fund the daily running costs of the Club.

You must be a member of avail of facilitieswhich also includes essential insurance if you are a player.

Members are eligible for Ireland international tickets.

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Results to Date

Newbridge 43 Athboy 15

New Ross 8 Newbridge 11

Railway Union 30 Newbridge 5

Next League Match:

Newbrdge V Carlow on Saturday 31 Oct at 1.30 pm in Rosetown.

The Seconds fielded for first time V Railway Union and were beaten 24 - 5.

Next match is at home V Carlow on 31 Oct at 12.30 pm.