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Saturday 24 June 2017

Leinster Club News: History to repeat in women's Interpros?

Ailis Egan in action for Leinster during last year's Women's Interprovincial. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE
Ailis Egan in action for Leinster during last year's Women's Interprovincial. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE

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It's been all Leinster and Munster since the inception of the women's Interpro competition in 2011/2012. Now in its sixth season, not only has the trophy swapped between the two provinces but so has the runners-up spot.

In fact, Leinster were the inaugural winners and remained unbeaten. Munster managed the same achievement in 2012/2013, Leinster in 2013/2014 and Munster in 2014/2015.

The trend was all set to continue last season only for Munster to spoil Leinster's plans with a resolute 15-7 victory at Thomond Park in September, thus putting back-to-back titles together.

"It is a huge motivation for us - we want the title back," said Leinster coach Adam Griggs."Over the last couple of years, it has always come down to the last game between Leinster and Munster. Again, Munster is the last of the three fixtures for us. We hope for the same scenario, to have it all on the line for that match in Donnybrook."

Before Ailis Egan and co get there, they will have to negotiate the threats posed by Connacht and Ulster. The Western Province will be first up at Tuam RFC this Saturday.

"From what we've gathered - we don't have much information on any of the squads - we have gone off what the AIL clubs have shown.

"We expect Connacht to be very physical and we know they have a really good scrum-half in Ireland's Mary Healy," added Griggs.

Leinster Women's Interprovincial Fixtures

ROUND 1: Connacht v Leinster, Tuam RFC, Saturday December 3. KO 2pm

ROUND 2: Leinster v Ulster, Donnybrook Stadium, December 10. KO 6.30pm

ROUND 3: Leinster v Munster, Donnybrook Stadium, December 17. KO 2.30pm

Tullamore are on track

Ahead of Leinster's home fixture against Northampton in the Champions Cup at the Aviva Stadium on December 17, Tullamore Rugby Club have teamed up with Irish Rail to organise a first for the club (and Irish Rail) - a direct private train to Lansdowne Road.

Following the recent reopening of the Phoenix Park tunnel, which connects Heuston to Connolly, it will now be possible for a train to travel directly from Tullamore to the Dart station at Lansdowne Road.

Over 500 club members from Tullamore, mainly minis and youth players, are expected to travel by train direct to the game, with a special mention to the recently formed Tullamore Tigers Disability Tag Rugby team, who will take to the pitch at half-time in a special exhibition game. Santa might even make an appearance for the unique occasion.

Tickets for this maiden voyage were sold out in less than a week and it's hoped that it will remain an annual tradition for the AIL Midlands club.

Edenderry lights up

Edenderry RFC recently announced that they now have match-quality floodlights on their main pitch. This will enable them to play night-time matches, which will benefit the ever-changing lifestyles of players and supporters alike.

These lights will also ensure that the club has top-class facilities to offer its members. The club has four pitches and a training area, along with a gymnasium, which makes the facilities the envy of plenty of clubs in Leinster.

The club is grateful to everyone who helped in the project, in particular club members and supporters.

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