Tuesday 26 September 2017

Blitz spreads the word in province's schools

Players enjoying the fun at the 10-a-side biltz in Corinthians
Players enjoying the fun at the 10-a-side biltz in Corinthians

Seventy players from a number of Galway schools participated in a blitz organised by club and community rugby officers Conor Galvin and Matt Henderson.

It was the latest in a series of blitzes that gives young players the opportunity to play 10-a-side rugby.

Initiatives such as this are vital in the development of rugby in schools and prepares them to enter next season's competitions, as well as introducing new players to rugby.

Connacht Rugby would like to thank Conor and Matt for organising the event, Corinthians for the use of their facilities, referee John Ward, and the teachers and schools for taking part.

The club and community officers have played a huge role in the expansion of schools rugby in the province. There are now six competitions of all levels in place as the Senior and Junior Cups are supplemented by the Emerging and Development competitions.

Connacht nine get the nod

The Ireland Women's management team have confirmed a 48-strong training panel to prepare for the World Cup in Ireland this August, with nine Connacht players included.

The uncapped Laura Feely is joined by Claire Molloy, Alison Miller, Ruth O'Reilly, Mairead Coyne, Mary Healy, Nicole Fowley, Ciara O'Connor and Nichola Fryday in the squad.

All but two of the squad have previous international experience.

Players from 11 clubs across the country, along with exiles Sene Naoupu, Molloy and Deirbhile Nic a Bhaird, make up the panel.

The top four teams in the All-Ireland League are well represented, with Railway Union leading the way with 10 players.

Recently crowned All-Ireland League Champions UL Bohemian have six players in the panel, including captain Niamh Briggs.

Vacancy for CDO

Based across south Connacht, the CDO's role is to improve the quality of coaches and the game of rugby in clubs and schools across all stages of the LTPD programme.

The role also includes managing and working within the player development pathway in the region.

The successful candidate will have:

l LTPD Stage 3/4 rugby technical knowledge with some educational/ development experience desirable and/or tutoring experience;

l A degree or similar-level qualification in sports or PE- related discipline, or evidence of equivalent elite practical rugby experience;

l IRFU Stage 4 attended, or evidence of equivalent elite practical rugby experience;

To apply, please send your CV by email to jobs@connachtrugby.ie by 1pm on Friday, May 19.

Irish Independent

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