Rugby League Ireland | Elite League 2007-2009

RLI Elite League 2007

Treaty City Titans10820  40
Carlow Crusaders10730  38
North Dublin Eagles10514  26
Dublin Blues10406  15
Kildare Dragons10307  11


DateHome Team Away Team 

RLI Elite League 2008

*Treaty City Titans10721  35
*Carlow Crudsaders10621  33
North Dublin Eagles10514  27
Dublin City Exiles10433  27
Tullamore Knights10127  7
Portadown Pumas10217  6


DateHome Team Away Team 
 Grand Final    
 Treaty City Titans8Carlow Crusaders24


RLI Elite League 2009

*Carlow Crusaders7601  12
*Treaty City Titans7601  12
*Tullamore Knights7403  8
*North Dublin Eagles7304  6
Dublin City Exiles7106  2
Laois Panthers7106  2


DateHome Team Away Team 
 Treaty City Titans70North Dublin Eagles0
 Carlow Crusaders68Tullamore Knights10
 Grand Final    
 Carlow Crusaders26Treaty City Titans33



Rugby League in Ireland dates back to the 1990s when a number of Rugby Union players formed the Dublin Blues as a way of keeping fit over the Rugby Union off-season. They entered the Challenge Cup in England, the Rugby League equivalent of Association Football’s FA Cup.

By the 2000s an Irish League was up and running on a provincial basis with an All-Ireland Playoff at the end of the season. In 2006 there were enough teams playing to create a separate All-Ireland Premiership for the top clubs.

In 2007 this Premiership was narrowly won by Treaty City Titans of Limerick, with a 2 point advantage over Carlow Crusaders. The next year they again won the Premiership, but fell short in the Grand Final, losing 24-6 to rivals Carlow Crusaders.The 2009 Premiership was again hotly contested by Treaty City and Carlow.

Following the 2009 season the Irish Rugby League again reverted to a single-tier provincial league system with the Provincial Champions contesting the All-Ireland Playoffs.




[1] Rugby League Planet (2017) Rugby League Ireland Logo [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 10 July 2017]


[2] Web Archive – Rugby League Ireland (2007) Current Table – Lucozade Elite League [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 18 April 2017]

[3] Web Archive – Rugby League Ireland (2008) Carnegie League [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 18 April 2017]


Thanks to Declan Mulcahy, Vinny Kingston and Brendan Farrell

About this document

Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 23 December 2018

(c) Copyright Enda Mulcahy and INAWSA 2018

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