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Friday 2 December 2016

Naas RFC warm up for new season

Published 07/10/2016 | 02:30

Many were playing their first match, some returning to the game after a break and some who had not played since coming up from their U-18 team.
Many were playing their first match, some returning to the game after a break and some who had not played since coming up from their U-18 team.

On Friday night last in Naas RFC a team from MU Barnhall played a combined team made up of players from Naas RFC, Kilkenny RFC, Portlaoise RFC and even a player from Dundalk RFC in the first night of the Friday night social games.

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Many were playing their first match, some returning to the game after a break and some who had not played since coming up from their U-18 team.

Despite the torrential rain before kick-off, the game was great to watch with the combined team outscoring the Barnhall ladies three tries to one.

At the end of the match, many of the players stayed on the pitch, and it was clear they were just happy to be back playing rugby again.

Next match will be on Friday, November 4 venue TBC. This initiative is open to anyone under 25, or new to the game, and teams are welcome to send along even just a few players. Contact David McKeown on dsmckeown@hotmail.com.

Coolmine recruits

Last Friday, Coolmine RFC witnessed great quality rugby from St Vincent's Primary School. The school from Glasnevin which consisted of boys from fourth to sixth class participated in a full-contact training session in their local club.

The very talented young men started off their training session with a variety of general movement games to warm up and finished with a full-contact match.

Throughout the session, the boys went through some passing and tackling technique drills which the very eager St Vincent's lads got to grips with easily. As a result, the full-contact match at the end was great, bringing all the factors they have learned from the drills into the game which saw a great standard of rugby.

Coolmine CCRO Mikey Russell said: "Firstly, it's great to see St Vincent's Primary School down at the club playing rugby. To see the lads improve in such a short space of time is amazing. The future is definitely bright for both club and school."

If anyone is interested in getting involved in rugby in the Coolmine/Castleknock area, contact Mikey Russell at CoolmineCCRO@leinsterrugby.ie or on 0830051956.

Schools take part

With the start of the season just beginning it was a great chance to get new rugby players down to Balbriggan RFC. It was a great day for rugby as over 100 boys and girls converged on Balbriggan RFC for their eagerly anticipated primary school tag rugby blitz.

The schools involved had just started a 'Play Rugby' programme in their schools where many had not experienced the game before.

Over the 'Play Rugby' programme pupils from Bracken Educate Together and Naul National School learned all the skills necessary to play the game.

The morning kicked off and it was a sunny but cold day. It was a sixth class blitz which was played in great spirit, with all the children really enjoying the day and learning some new skills. All the matches were tightly contested.

A massive thank you must go to all the referees, teachers and principals for their help on the day and during the programme. Also, to Balbriggan for allowing the use of their facilities for the morning and the coaching work done by Glenn Predy of Leinster Rugby throughout.

If any other schools in the Balbriggan area would like to participate in similar programmes, please contact Glenn Predy on 086 3994839 or email on BalbrigganCCRO@leinsterrugby.ie.

Irish Independent

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