Sunday 25 September 2016

Rookie Spanish duo bolster West Offaly Lions' trophy bid

Published 08/04/2016 | 02:30

Nacho Maratol and Manuel Franco
Nacho Maratol and Manuel Franco

West Offaly Lions RFC based in Ferbane will field two players from Spain who had never played rugby before this season.

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Nacho Maratol and Manuel Franco will be competing in the Leinster U-16s Division 1 League final tomorrow against North Kildare.

They arrived in Ireland on a Transition year exchange and are students at Gallen CC in Ferbane. In September they saw a training session and decided to try the sport and since then they have played and trained with West Offaly U-16s, who have qualified for the league final and also the Plate semi-final.

West Offaly Lions field teams at youth and Minis level and have worked with local schools to attract new players each season and while not every new player is from as far afield as Nacho and Manuel, they are all very welcome!

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