Sunday 24 September 2017

Leinster Club News: Whole new ball game for New Ross students

School children enjoying the fun at the County Wexford blitz
School children enjoying the fun at the County Wexford blitz

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Over the past six weeks students have been coming together from two secondary schools in New Ross to learn a little about the game of rugby and hopefully have a lot of fun as well.

The schools in question are St Mary's and Good Counsel College, both of whom would have a history of rugby but this was something new as they now had to work together.

The students themselves are all transition year students and this was a sports module that they decided to give a try as part of that.

Three of the students out of this decided to join up with the local rugby club in New Ross which was very pleasing as if it wasn't for this particular module then they might never have experienced the sport.

So thanks to both schools for giving Leinster Rugby the opportunity to put a rugby ball in the students' hands!

Star trio launch summer camps

Seán O'Brien, Johnny Sexton and Jack McGrath were on hand this week to launch the 2017 Bank of Ireland Leinster Rugby Summer Camps at St Mary's NS, Milltown.

The summer camps are open to boys and girls aged 6 to 12 and are run by fully-accredited IRFU coaches.

The camps will take place in 28 venues throughout the province in July and August with the first camps getting under way on Monday, July 3 and each camp runs Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 1.30pm.

As well as learning new skills, meeting Leinster players, making new friends and having lots of fun along the way, each child will receive a Bank of Ireland Leinster Rugby pack including a Canterbury T-shirt and rugby ball. Each child will also get one free junior ticket to a selected Leinster game. An early bird rate of €75 is available for children who enrol before June 2.

After this date, the cost of attending the camp will be €90 per child. You can book a second camp for your child for just €60.

Terenure’s U-13 in action
Terenure’s U-13 in action

To find your local Bank of Ireland Leinster Rugby summer camp and for more information, log on to the Leinster Rugby website; www.leinsterrugby.ie

Terenure hosts European 13s

The sixth annual Terenure 13s European Youth Rugby Tournament takes place at Terenure College RFC tomorrow and Sunday (April 29 and 30).

This year teams are visiting from France, Belgium, Wales, England as well as all four Irish provinces, and among the big names are Kitura (Belgium), Canet Ste Marie (Perpignan), Llandaff (Wales) and Oxford (England).

Not to be overlooked either are Monaghan, Navan, Naas and, of course, a strong Terenure contingent.

As well as a feast of rugby, there will be a feast of food, drink and evening entertainment - the highlight of which has to be Joe Pettit and the Dreamband, who play tomorrow night (ticket only!). Brent Pope will be there on Sunday to present the prizes.

The standard of rugby and camaraderie amongst the youth players should be exceptional - do come along and see the stars of the very near future. See www.europeanyouthrugby.com. for more details.

Irish Independent

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