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Finals day next up for Metro Council Cup

Published 08/05/2015 | 02:30

The first annual Metro Council Cup is coming to a close on May 13 with a finals day in Donnybrook Stadium.
The first annual Metro Council Cup is coming to a close on May 13 with a finals day in Donnybrook Stadium.

The first annual Metro Council Cup is coming to a close on May 13 with a finals day in Donnybrook Stadium.

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The programme was set up by the community rugby department as a way of giving more players a chance at getting high level Leinster Rugby coaching and also as a driver of players into local clubs.

The programme has been hugely successful thus far, with most of the participants in their first year of rugby or having never played before.

The hope is to use the council teams as an extra link to the clubs around the Dublin region.

After four rounds of games the final pairings have been made and Dublin City Council will face Fingal County Council in the 3rd/4th place play-off, with Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council playing South Dublin County Council in the final.

The games kick off at 2.30 and there is sure to be some excellent rugby on show.

Community rugby officer Billy Phelan said: "We're delighted with how it has run, with over 100 players having had a chance to experience a period of Leinster Rugby coaching that might not have been able to. We're very hopeful to that a large percentage of the lads will continue on to play in clubs."

The cup has been named the Joe Harton Memorial Cup after the recently deceased stalwart of North Dublin rugby. Joe was President of BGF Ravens (formerly Unidare) and was a big supporter of rugby through the club and local schools.

For any other information on rugby in the Dublin area please feel free to contact your local community rugby officer.

Irish Independent

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