Juniors looking to make the grade
All five of our age-grade teams, sponsored by Bank of Ireland, are in action this week as some face into their final week of the Interprovincial Series.
The combined U-20 and Development squad will face Munster in their last round of their Interprovincial campaign in Donnybrook Stadium this evening with a 7.00pm kick off.
Morgan Lennon's U-19's will face Munster in their last round at home in Donnybrook Stadium tomorrow at 3.00pm, while Dan Van Zyl's U-18 Clubs face Ulster in Donnybrook again tomorrow at 1.00pm.
Jeff Carter's U18 Schools team head into the second last round against Ulster tomorrow at the Methodist College Belfast, with a 1.30pm kick-off.
Finally, tomorrow also sees Leinster U-18 Girls face Ulster in their first round of the campaign in Armagh RFC, with a 6.30pm start.
Veterans still show their support
Since 2007, the players, clubs and supporters of Leinster Vets (Over 35's) Rugby have raised almost €50,000 for Crumlin Children's Hospital, while at the same time playing fun but competitive rugby.
Each season, we play a league/blitz in aid of the hospital. Last year's hosts, Terenure RFC were narrowly beaten in the Blitz Final by reigning champions Clontarf RFC.
Clontarf retained the Kiely's of Donnybrook Cup.The plate winners Garda RFC beat Bective Rangers to win the Brother Joe Memorial trophy.
If your club would like to play in the Blitz, please attend our meeting in Kiely's of Donnybrook on Monday 26 Septemberat 8.00pm.
For further information, please call Joe Osborne of Bective Rangers FC at 086 3894106 or by email: email@example.com
Women's Rugby World Cup 2017 programme
With less than a year to go until the Women's Rugby World Cup 2017 kicks off in Ireland the IRFU are delighted to confirm three programmes which will raise the profile of Women's Rugby in Ireland before, during and after the event.
Tickets for the 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup Final in Kingspan Stadium are on sale now.
Programme 1: Women's Rugby World Cup 2017 Trophy Tour
The Women's Rugby World Cup 2017 Trophy Tour will commence on 17th March 2017 and will visit every one of Ireland's 32 counties as part of its journey to the final at Kingspan Stadium on the 26th August.
Clubs and schools interested in hosting the WRWC 2017 Trophy can apply here: irfu.ie/ireland2017.
Programme 2: Women's Rugby World Cup 2017 Ambassador Programme
All events need their champions and the Women's Rugby World Cup 2017 is no different. There are already enthusiasts across the country who are hugely excited about the competition coming to Ireland and there are numerous ways in which they can help to spread the word about Women's Rugby and the Women's Rugby World Cup 2017.
Some areas ambassadors can help out include:
• Using social media to help promote the WRWC 2017 using the hashtag #BringIt.
• Become the information point for their club or school for everything to do with the WRWC 2017, e.g. receive posters from the IRFU promoting the WRWC 2017 to hang up in your community, check in with IRFU or branch personnel around any queries.
•Look to set up a minis, girls or women's rugby team in their local club or school.
The IRFU and local branches will be on hand to offer support and guidance to all involved and individuals who are interested in becoming an official WRWC 2017 Ambassador are invited to apply here: irfu.ie/ireland2017
Programme 3: 2017 IN 2017
The IRFU has set a target of 2017 new female registrations across Ireland in the year 2017. That's on top of the thousands of women and girls who already play the game on the island. With that in mind, a number of initiatives have been launched to encourage more females to take up the sport including 'Give It A Try' and Secondary School 7s Rugby for Girls.