Blackrock Rugby Football Club celebrates 100th anniversary with a festival of rugby.

Every senior rugby club was represented at the festival of rugby hosted by Blackrock RFC to mark its centenary year. RTÉ Sport was there to hear about the history of Blackrock rugby at school and club level and to meet some past players.

Niall Brophy who was capped for both Ireland and the British and Irish Lions learned his rugby while attending Blacrock College. He recalls the influence of Father Hamsten who encouraged a style of open attacking rugby with an emphasis on scoring tries.

The two most important things in life was one the grace of God and the second the quick heel from the loose.

Another former Blackrock College pupil who went on to be an Irish rugby international Locky Butler describes how enjoyment of playing the game was always encouraged. Locky Butler recalls how a trip to England to play a match was followed by an evening at a dance where one of his team mates stepped on the toes of his partner. 

'Solid Rock 100 Years of Blackrock RFC' was first broadcast 27 September 1982. The presenter is Fred Cogley